(some time ago / Earth, i believe)

A Hole I Dug … [ Toil; Humanity; Misery; Futility; God; Future Generations; Sort Of Short]

In my youth I began to dig a hole ….
in which to bury the woes of the world.
But as I dug (some said: 'like a ‘mad' mole') ,
more and MORE worldly woes unfurled.

I'd throw mounds of dirt to every side,
making room for murder, greed, and rape.
But the more I dug, the more I found to hide:
thievery; drug abuse; too much ‘red tape'.

In adulthood, in my prime, ……I kept digging.
Bulldozers, not shovels, I did ….use then.
I worked night and day, the toil was unforgiving.
I dreamed I'd finish, but I had no guess when.

Woes I'd once thought were buried …..kept returning.
I was a damn fool to think I'd gotten them ‘once and for ….all'.
And NEW woes for Mankind were now churning.
Had God kept sending woes since Eve and Adam's FALL ….from grace?

In my old age, I stopped excavating;
my life's work had seemed a forsaken waste.
It mostly just brought stress, constipating.
NOW I sought a laxative, in dire haste.

But, alas, my grandchild took up the task,
the task at which I'd spent much precious time.
I did not tell her why I quit; she did not ask.
Perhaps she'll have better luck than I did ….in my prime.

(November 2016)

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Comments (5)

This is a great poem my friend Sad that your digging will ne'er end There is much truth in what you said For man was born with sins inlaid Thanks Bri
Hi Bri, I really dig this Hole. Or maybe I should say- -I really dig this whole....verse. An awesome extended metaphor.
What a wonderful idea! ! Digging a hole like a mole to bury the woes of the world! A true Xavier! Though it was a failure the effort is worth the trouble and needs to be applauded! I'd throw mounds of dirt to every side, making room for murder, greed, and rape. But the more I dug, the more I found to hide: thievery; drug abuse; too much ‘red tape' This is not merely a hilarious, farcical write, but there is much truth in these lines and great wisdom
Clever words of wisdom but the holes well we all see a landscape of craters when we look back over our history all we can do is try and avoid the land mines and hope the next generation do a better job than we. Great write and as always an interesting slice of the life of Bri
God luck to your grandchild in this never-ending quest!