Changing the world

 “Whose responsibility is

It to change the world?

And what will be my



First of all, I don’t think

Anyone is going to

Change the world,

Not really.  Obviously,


The world has changed

In some ways, some

People say for the better.

I think we can do more.


I think we can live longer.

But are we more loving?

Do we forgive others more?

Do we have more faith, hope?


No, I don’t think so.

And I don’t think that any

Individual or group is going

To change that.  Inside,


We have always been the same,

And we will always be the same.

And I certainly don’t think

Anything I do is going to change that.

And I think it is inside

That really matters.

I don’t think science

Is of everlasting importance.


I don’t think the study of history,

Or sociology, or psychology,

Or math, or English, or

Anything else, is going to


Change anything

About the world

That really matters,

At least to me.


Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

3 thoughts on “Changing the world”

  1. I’d like to see you take this and the proceeding poem much much deeper. Both seem to be hovering on the precipice of greatness. You’ve got the skills, go push ’em. 😉

    By the way, that was meant more of a compliment than a negative crit. Just in case you were wondering.

    (Classes are done… finally! So I will have my time to read — so thrilled about that — as well as write. If you every want to join me in ‘workshopping’ or just to discuss poetry in general, give me a holla.)

    1. Hi, Kathy. thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. I would very much be interested in workshoping my poems! Just tell me where I can do it! Thanks.

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