How Much?

How Much?

How much would you give
to see another defeated?
A day of your life in sunlight?
Pain of scraped raw knuckles
smashed against bony jaw,
or sharp teeth?

How much would you give
to see another on his knees,
head bent in defeat, shoulders
slumped forward waiting
for the next blow?

How much would you give
to see blood bursting from lips,
eyes swollen shut, turning deep
purple and blue?

Would your lips curl in a grin
of victory? Would you dance your
glee around that other? Take a photo,
so you can finger it years later,
lingering to remember how much
your hatred might have cost you?

Elizabeth Crawford  6/28/2017

Notes: Posted to Poets United: Mid-Week Motif – War and Peace




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11 Responses to How Much?

  1. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Some people would probably take selfies with their victims. Ugh.

    Really sad, but I think I’d have to agree with you, MMT…



  2. Susan Chast says:

    I think some don’t yet understand the much more powerful restorative justice behind non-cooperation, as this violence keeps leaking out to destroy possibilities of peace. Powerful, difficult images.

    What I find even sadder is that many of our leaders spend a great deal of energy fueling the fears that feed such violence, simply because they can. This piece was written several weeks ago, and was languishing in my files, forgotten. It was more a reminder to myself of how it feels to be on the receiving end of such actions. But, today’s prompt seemed to speak directly to such behavior. The Universe acts in surprising ways,



  3. Sherry Marr says:

    How much would we give for peace? Your poem sparks that question. Wonderful, Elizabeth!

    Yes, my friend, just how much would we give?



  4. marjablom says:

    Very raw and powerful


  5. Myrna Rosa says:

    This is like a slap in the face – the reality of hatred. It’s not pretty, but it must be revealed.


  6. Sumana Roy says:

    Oh you’ve caught the devil in your lines. Such a pathetic figure of hatred. Hopefully the wheel will turn one day. This one’s a powerful one Elizabeth.


  7. oldegg says:

    Humans are the most inhumane creatures on Earth


  8. Jae Rose says:

    A real blow to the head – powerful poem Elizabeth


  9. It’s my considered opinion that hatred harbored causes cancer or other illness. This poem is a wake-up call, Elizabeth.

    And I would agree with you, Beverly. Our emotional state is directly connected to our physical well-being. Hatred is a cancer that eats away at all of society. It is so easy to hate, while love is something that must be worked on continuously,



  10. sanaarizvi says:

    This is so raw … so incredibly powerful!


  11. annell4 says:

    How much is enough? Hatred brings sorrow. A powerful poem.


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