I Stood There

I Stood There


I stood there

Oh God! I just stood there

While the hoards came rushing in

And I watched

Oh God, I just watched

And did nothing to defend


I didn’t raise a hand or take a stand

I didn’t give my all

With pain and suffering everywhere

Oh God, I just stood there.


Tim Keen












About timkeen40

When I was seven, I opened one of those little Golden Books (Lassie) and started copying the words down on paper and it set my soul on fire. I have been writing ever since. I don't know where this is going but I invite you along on the journey.
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29 Responses to I Stood There

  1. Bodhirose says:

    I wonder what hoards you thought you were responsible for…

  2. This is powerful…if we’re honest, we can all find a situation in our memory where these words hit home!

  3. prenin says:

    Nice piece Tim.

    Very evocative!!!

    God Bless!


  4. melodylowes says:

    Ouch. This one makes me wince…

  5. This so moved me. The regret and disappointment in self are arresting in their intensity. I also like your brevity. Nice write.

  6. I wonder how many of us have felt that way at one time or another. You brought back several of those memories to me. So much feeling in so few words. Well done.

    • timkeen40 says:

      I would to think that all of us have looked back from time to time and said, “If I had just been there. If I had just put myself out there a little more.”

      The sad testament to us is that there are so many arm-chairing things, sitting back and pointing out the problems in the world, then doing nothing to fix the problem. The most useless phrase in the English language is “Somebody ought to do something.”

      Thanks for the comment and taking your time to read my blog,


  7. I.J.Vern says:

    Hi Tim.

    First, I’d like to thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂

    I read all your posts from “The Day I Decided”. Dark poems. I liked best “The Day I Decided”. 🙂

    • timkeen40 says:

      While I like to think of myself as not a dark person, I have to say my poems and writing certainly tell a different side of me. Thanks for taking the time.


  8. This one made me think of the incidence in the NY subway this week when a man was pushed to his death in front of the train and it seems now one tried to help. What are we becoming. There is a sense of urgency to the guilt you express Tim. Good poetry.

  9. jannatwrites says:

    Powerful poem. It makes me remember a time as a child when I should have found my voice to speak up against a wrong, but I was too quiet and too eager to please.

  10. Androgoth says:

    This sounds like a Zombie fest to me Tim
    but then of course it would with my way of
    thinking 🙂 A truly excellent poem my friend
    and keep up thye good work 🙂


  11. Indeed a great verse and the philosophy it carries. When the attacker attacks, he expects resistance. If in that moment, we offer no resistance, the attacker loses his balance. We then have the option to choose the balance on a more equitable plane.



  12. Linda Vernon says:

    Am I to conclude that you went Christmas shopping at Walmart on Black Friday?

    All kidding aside, this is wonderful It captures so much emotion with so few perfectly placed words!

  13. meiro says:

    It is really an honor to nominate you for the Inspiring Blogger Award and the Sunshine Blogger award.
    Please check on; http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/nominated-for-awards/.


  14. Hi Tim, Thanks so much for your comment, wonderful to see you again!
    This poem is very hard hitting and moving, can’t help but want to know and read more of it.

  15. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  16. moondustwriter says:

    Everyone has been there and will be again (sadly)
    The job of the poet is to sound that clear bell into the dark and hopefully make people aware of what they aren’t doing
    Thanks for your visit
    Hope your holidays are wonderful!!!

  17. The Hook says:

    Raw and human. Thank you.

  18. Wow, powerful. This is my most pressing kind of guilt. Thank you for giving voice to it and allowing me to feel more human.

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