Thursday, August 13, 2015

Different

What will I 
write about today
Protesters
are being compared
to terrorists
without hearing
a single word
that they say
Let's just spray them
all away
Then everything 
can go back
to being
A-OK
What are you
gonna do
When a person has
a different point of view
from you
Why don't you grab your
pitchfork and gun
Really show 'em
how it's done
'round here
If you don't 
agree with me
The man
will lock you up
and throw away
the key
Being different
is just wrong
That's what
they've wanted us
to believe
all along
That fat old book
they'll wave 
in your face
Never mind
that they're not really
living from grace
You're different
and dripping
with sin
Who needs compassion
when everyone's
fighting
to win

-August 2015

20 comments:

  1. There are indeed two sides to this. It's now left to decide who is right, who is wrong.

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    1. That's the thing though. Too many are focused on the right and wrong of things. Acceptance and compassion. That's what we as a human race need. Good to see you, Vandana. I like your response very much!

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  2. A thought-provoking poem, my friend........so true, protests quelled without the voices being heard - a dangerous tendency. I like the meter of this poem..it really works.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sherry. So many things happening these days. I wish we listened to each other more. Thanks you for your visit :)

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  3. though sometimes freedom is prone to abuse - one's opinion / ideologies should be heard first.

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    1. Yes, I agree. Thanks for coming by, totomai!

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  4. power and intolerance go hand in hand...the present malady of the world...sigh...nicely expressed...

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    1. Thank you so very much, Sumana :)

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  5. it is increasingly becoming an "us or them" world.
    i like how your poem builds up, the emotional feel getting stronger as it progresses. :)

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    1. Sadly, that's true. "They" want us divided. They get richer that way. If only we could all stand together. Now that would be a change I'd love to be around for. Thank you for your comment :)

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  6. Fighting to win.. really the opposite of listening.. Love the sentiment, I might disagree with what they say, but as long as it's a protest we should be fine.

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    1. Yep, listening is key! Thanks for the visit, Bjorn! Glad to see you :)

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  7. Well expressed... and I don't know what to make of all that "crap" people do in the name of ... I can't even think of a "Name" to call what they believe in anymore :-(
    ZQ

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    1. I'm right there with you, ZQ. So sad.

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  8. I love the flow of this poem.. its voice becomes stronger with each verse.. and such a powerful message too.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Sanaa :)

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  9. Us and them is a very strong topic. Great poem.

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  10. Whew, this is a stunning poem, Torie. You wrote strongly with passion. Sad that fighting to win so often overpowers compassion in this day and age.

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    1. Thank you for you kind words, Mary :) It's often sad when the need for power and being right trumps compassion and understanding.

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