L. B. Mek


World gathers in preparation for festive holidays 

Winter’s tears, birthing humanity’s crimson brooklets

YouTube view counts rise

Replaying life’s horrific everyday realities

Nuclear threats as breakfast accompaniment 

Death tolls and atrocities

Delivered as bitesize memes, aside

Call of Duty, highlights 

Inflation now a quarterly event, where

Only status quo tax brackets can be trusted to remain



So many excuses for our collective societal degradation

Policing, villainised by those wishing for a socialist


Only for crime rates to rocket and media

Too invested in radical politics, to make a connection


Now, government departments exist to clean

Human faeces from pavements

While our dog parks are kept spotless, testimony

To modernity’s priorities 


and on, humanity’s cyclicality of woe, rolls on…


Yet all any of us, need

Is for just one thing, to be

Reason enough

To let us cope

With all we have to deal with

In our lives


Anything, any one thing 


That’s all any of us need, just that one thing


To be, reason enough! 


A pause, exists


From my rushed ambitions 


those stagnated moments 

of rest


Within this brief opportunity for clarity 

at times, I glean enough wisdom to realise 

all those small mercies I’ve been afforded 


Then I take out that pen, in my mind

and begin to ink these words of gratitude 

as oft, I’m too lost in my thoughts

lamenting my circumstances 

rarely do I note, how truly lucky I am


Indeed, others are more fortunate than I

yet still, far more – I fear 

will swap places with me in a heartbeat 


This for me is reason enough

to scrape together one more smile

and luxuriate in one more breath

devoid of shuddering lungs


Grateful am I 

for the small mercies 

in my life



© L. B. Mek

December 2022

  • Author: L. B. Mek (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 23rd, 2022 04:10
  • Comment from author about the poem: Firstly, let me apologise to anyone I may have offended or hurt with my words this year. Second, I'll thank everyone who gifted me their precious time to read or comment on any of my feeble efforts. Third, I'll thank everyone who chose to share their work on our beloved MPS, its been a privilege to read so many great works. I wish you all a peaceful and enriching festive season and a memorably invigorating New Year! Stay safe, hopefully see you all in two weeks ✌
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  • John Prophet

    Superb write LBM.
    So true, as wonderful as world wide connections can be. It only magnifies the dark side of humanity. By the end of the year we need as many uplifting festivities as possible.

    • L. B. Mek

      without finishing lines and new beginnings
      traversing life would be even more gruelling...
      Happy New Year dear cherished Poet
      keep that mighty pen striving, one line at a time
      thank you!

    • Sakwa Franc

      I really admire your writing skills ...
      Good work always Mr. LB

      • L. B. Mek

        Glad you enjoyed the read kind poet
        thank you and Happy New Year!

      • Neville

        I sit here awed by how you managed to cram so very much of 2022 in without spilling over the edges and down the back of my screen .... I do like you style sir Mek
        and a healthy, contented and safe festive period to you & yours sir from Me 🙂

        • L. B. Mek

          I sit here reading one of my first comments of 2023
          and I too, am awed
          at how grateful I feel every time I read your words Hyung
          Happy New Year! dear Poet supreme

        • Bella Shepard

          Dearest friend, you have captured the very essence of the world in which we exist today. I say exist, because we seem to have lost the way in which to live. To live is to find a reason for it, and in your gratitude you have done just that. It is always a privilege to read your words and benefit from your insight. You give me much to think about, and for that I thank you. Peace and love to you in this season.

          • L. B. Mek

            just as your words and work, inspire me
            dear cherished Poet, thank you
            for gifting me such an affirming comment
            I'll strive to someday be worthy
            of your kind support, Happy New Year!

          • sorenbarrett

            Dear friend you have shifted the focus to where in needs to be. We all should be grateful for the little things that we take for granted. A very nice write contrasting the bad with the good, on which you end. Not just at this time of year but all year long our focus could be on the wonderful things we have not coveting what others have, while neglecting their problems. Loved it.

            • L. B. Mek

              Dear friend and cherished Poet
              I agree with you, these sentiment of gratefulness
              should be utilised all year round, I read and will try to heed
              Happy New Year wise Poet, thank you!

            • Goldfinch60

              So very true Mek, maybe we all can have those small mercies in life to be with us.


              • L. B. Mek

                Hope we do, thank you Andy
                Happy New Year my friend

              • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

                A hardhitting poem on todays's world, political, econoic, social situation, in an eloquent epic wow. Kudos!!

                • L. B. Mek

                  I love your enthusiasm
                  thank you for your effusive words, kind Poet
                  Happy New Year!

                • Hakikur Rahman

                  A vivid presentation of life and the realization. Let us hope for the best.

                  • L. B. Mek

                    thank you and Happy New Year
                    in hope we entrust, dear Poet

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