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Lana Brown "The World Is So Far Gone"

Updated: May 24, 2022

Magnolia Literacy Project Spotlight: Lana Brown Series

During unprecedented times, turmoil, loss of life, pain, and trauma are everyday realities. Poet, Lana Brown, expresses sentiments shared by many.

Brown is a graduate of Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications; a Master of Arts in Secondary English Education; and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Reading and Gifted Education. She also holds a Specialist in Education degree in Psychometry from Jackson State University. An instructor in gifted education with the Natchez Adams School District, Brown was selected by the Mississippi Department of Education to be a member of the ELA/Literacy High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Review Team in the fall of 2020.

"The World Is So Far Gone"

A President can belittle his citizens

yet gain the accolades of millions

who throw caution and common sense to the wind

and trample, violently around democratic monuments

mocking centuries of moral values, standards out the window

vowing their allegiance to the Man, not the country

Sad that – the same one

who claims he was stolen from

but never producing the thief, an incident report, or a viable witness

refusing to accept it never happened

wasting much time on the tomfoolery.

It's the norm to see long lines of people

anxiously waiting for handouts

Nice cars, nice people being led to the slaughter house

Jobs sucked up into the atmosphere

Never to return

Thousands of bodies of people of ALL ages

who can’t breathe

Piled up in freight trucks

to be thrown into a hole in the ground

Regularly, seeing little brown boys

Lying in the streets morbidly

Gone forever

Throw a few dollars and flowers at the family

and keep it moving

Got to make room in my heart

for the massacre of another one

No time to mourn or remember

Memories blurred anyway

Might be a good thing

Methodically, performing a routine

Processing time all out of whack

Hearing Bad news ALL the time

New strand over here, over there

Just everywhere

Start to really dislike those origin countries

and everything in them.

Somebody killed a baby

Senseless stuff

As if there's not enough killing going on

OUTSIDE the house.

Trust is rarely seen


Everyone's at war with somebody

over something

Every second, minute, hour of the day

One would ponder....

"Where is Jesus?"

Rhetorical Question

Good response being:

"Thought you was supposed to get right

when I left last time?"

Well, Mr. Savior, "You see what happened was...."

Down falls the gavel

That Save is unrelenting

Everything that we were baptized and christened by

Gone in a poof of smoke

Been rejected as a notion so long ago that

the Family Tree don't remember.

Seeing the global tragedy that has devastated the world

Singed the entire outer crust

Just might be the spark

illuminating the path leading back to sanity

reflecting on the root of the problem

eliminating opportunities for digression

Casting the Fake Messiahs aside

Give back the membership card

It only represented ONE person anyway

Mentally, step away from the crowd

move in the opposite direction

Following the Inside Leader

Then Perhaps

Sunnier Days


The Magnolia Literacy Project’s

initiative to showcase the writing and art

of Mississippians.

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