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  RICHARD BETTS (December 8,1964)
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It seems the more I seek,
The less I find.
The more I search,
The more you hide.

The more I question,
The less I understand.
The more I reach out,
The less I find your hand.

The more I read the writings,
The more I am bemused.
The more I hear the preaching,
The more I am confused.

The more I look for light,
The harder to find the sun.
The more I look for goodness,
The darker the skies become.

The more I look your way,
The more frightening is the violence.
The louder I scream,
The more maddening is your silence.
Richard Betts




We blindfold you,
so you know not what we do.

So you cannot see
how we distort and bludgeon the truth.

I know why Justice is blind,
And why she has no rebuke.

For if she could see
all we do and say, she would turn around...

and puke.
Richard Betts




Oh, these politicians make me laugh
With their casual talk of war.
They say diplomacy has been exhausted,
And armed conflict is the cure.

They can beat their drums
And pound their chests.
Because their children will be spared
The horrors that befall the rest.

Oh, these politicians make me laugh,
Because, otherwise, all I would do is cry.
As I watch another generation,
March off to kill and die.
Richard Betts




The night; it beckons me,
And the wind; it calls my name.
The moon; it smiles at me,
But the stars confess their pain.

The dark; it speaks to me,
It discloses and conceals.
The silence; it haunts me,
All it hides and yet reveals.

The darkness; it holds me
Like a holster grips a gun.
The shadows; they teach me,
From the blackness blooms the sun.

The dark; it follows me,
And it will for all my years.
The night; it swallows me,
Engulfing all my fears.
Richard Betts
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