En Route to Inhumanity – Bob McNeil

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Schedule-ruled people
Walked on concrete
Often enough to
Obtain the coldness
Of concrete,

Used trains
Often enough to
Obtain 600 volts
For tempers,

Passed the homeless
Often enough to
Obtain the apathy of shoes
Above germs,

And worked in steel skyscrapers
Often enough to
Obtain the inflexibility
Of metal.

On their commute
To obligations,
Schedule-ruled people
Hid charitable sympathy
In sealed wallets.

En route to inhumanity,
Schedule-ruled people
Mirrored rotten onions.
Their moldy classism
And insensitive rot reeked.

About the contributor: Bob McNeil is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, Bob McNeilQueens Poet Laureate, described the book as “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Bob was published in The Shout It Out Anthology, Brine Rights: Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes (Volume 1), San Francisco Peace and Hope, and The Self-Portrait Poetry Collection, etc. Furthermore, Bob’s work as a professional illustrator, spoken word artist, and writer is dedicated to one cause—justice.


  1. Being from NY, this piece was relatable. Being Human, this was was deeply felt. Beautiful expression Mr. McNeil! As this poem sheds light on Mr. McNeils view of humanity at its low. It makes one think of their own way in which they may/may not turn a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow human beings. At the very least? Mr. McNeil forces one to get in touch with their moral compass that determines our humanity or inhumanity. Dynamic Piece!


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