Did Not (because)

DID NOT (because)

Tonight I had a dreamer’s dream.
Being “the Crazy” I am, I dreamt of
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

— The day when everybody decided
That no one would leave their homes;
As it was agreed by the whole world
That day, nobody left home, nobody!

The employee did not leave for his job
Because he knew the boss wasn’t there
A housewife did not go out to buy bread
Because she knew the baker wasn’t there

The policeman did not come out to arrest
Because he knew the thief wasn’t there
And the thief did not come out to steal
Because he knew he’d have nowhere to spend

In the churches not a bell chimed
Because the faithful were not there
And the faithful did not go out to pray
Because they knew the vicar wasn’t there

The student did not go out to study
Because he knew the teacher wasn’t there
And the teacher did not go out to teach
Because he knew he had nothing more to teach

The commander did not leave for the barracks
Because he knew the soldier wasn’t there
And the soldier did not go out to go to war
Because he knew the enemy wasn’t there

The patient did not go out to be treated
Because he knew the doctor wasn’t there
And the doctor did not go out to medicate
Because he knew he had no disease left to cure

Tonight I had a dreamer’s dream.
Being “the Crazy” I am, I woke up on
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

© R|CARDO.

➕ RS:REV||VER

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3 Comments

  1. This poem is a masterful picture of the world on “the day the earth stood still”. How many of us wished Covid in 2020 was just a dream.
    I love the title: Did Not (because) We could all create our own lists of the things.we Did Not do for the past several months.
    I am struck by how you describe all the roles & jobs instantly rendered redundant on the day the earth stood still. On the other hand, I am also struck by how you show how interdependent we all are on each other.

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