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Comment from Father Flaps
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Hi Marilyn
I sense your disgust and anger over what the terrorists have done and are doing. You know, it will not be easy to defeat this enemy. They have a plan, as evil as it is. Where are they? They have "sleeper cells" in many countries, just waiting to be put into action. They're hiding in the shadows with their machine guns and knives, ready to strike. And they'd love to kill an American, but really, anyone will do. Death means nothing to them. And they attract young men from various countries... what's with that??? They are modern-day Nazis, filled with hatred. And you are so correct... it is time for the nations of the world to come together against a common enemy that has declared war.
I especially enjoyed this part,
"we must use more than paint or ink
As terror brings us to the brink
Leaders must lead, construct a plan
Walking sure-footed, taking a stand
Courage is needed, stepping forward"
Nicely penned!
cheers
Kimbob

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Kimbob. Yes, we are in deep trouble with no leadership at all. To pull everything together in a time of crisis--if not done soon--will be impossible. We really need a strong leader because this one certainly cannot protect us. Citizens know what is going on but politicians are in la-la land it seems. I appreciate your review. My other poem "Is It Wise?" is a sequel to this one about self-monitoring. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from rosehill (Wendy)
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My feelings exactly. This paired with your discourse on thoughtful indulgence as a writer, artist etc. gives the full spectrum and a strong path for discussion of responsibility and action. A good read and a call to good sense mixed with courage - which our leadership is either lacking or doesn't understand what is going on in the world. The problem with the ostrich with his head in the sand is the area that is exposed. - Wendy

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Ha! Good review, Wendy. I appreciate your support and comments. We need strong leadership and we do not have it. Nations must pull together a plan to defeat this common enemy which is non-existent at the present time. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from Connie C
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This is very well stated, Marilyn. You make your point both eloquently and with wonderful rhyme. I like your suggestion that "artists, poets, and writers" need to speak out in "stout voices." It is sad that freedom of speech, religion, education, etc., is stifled by those who inflict terror on innocent victims who are merely exercising what is supposed to be a freedom.
Very well done, my friend, and worthy of a sixer.
Connie

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Hi Connie. What a nice surprise! Thank you for your very nice review and the sixer. Although I do feel that we have to speak out, as all artists and writers have done through the ages (at great peril, I might add) I have written a second piece entitled, "Is It Wise?" calling for self-monitoring. Many times, I think creative people go off half-cocked and inflame others while having a fit if their views are criticized. So--I am not for censorship--but I do think we have to watch not to inflame/antagonize unnecessarily. This is especially so when some published stuff is vulgar and vile. What do you think? Marilyn/BeasPeas
reply by Connie C on 11-Jan-2015
    I agree that we do have to be careful about what we write given the crazies out there who are looking for any reason to explode. I think it is sad, though, that in this day and age, we need to be so cautious a society, afraid to always speak our minds.
reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    The news just said that we are on high alert in the U.S. for terror threats as there is a new video from ISIS stating this. We are in some very deep trouble with no leadership.
reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    I agree wholeheartedly, but we are dealing with a dangerous element now that is new to us.
Comment from Genya
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Thank you for letting me know about this. Just had to read it and I am so glad I did. This is very powerful and as writers, painters, anything that is creative, I agree we are freedom fighters in our own way. The latest news showing all those people from different nations walking together locking arms for strength was inspiring (Paris) but we still need someone, to take a proper lead, but they are too scared to stand up and do the right thing in case they upset someone. Courage is needed....take a step forward. It's the only way. Genya

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Genya. It's amazing to me that ordinary people/citizens know what must be done but the so-called leaders shilly-shally. If nations do not unite to rectify this problem, we are doomed--as islam's intent is to take over the world. God help us all. Thank you so much for your supportive review. There are those on FS who feel we should just continue to "make nice." How misguided is that? Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from sandramitchell
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You are right there. I don't know any politician that has the courage to stand up and do the right thing. Always scared it would upset the people who keep them in power. The world is speeding towards a life of terror and slavery if we don't do something now. Excellent poem, and a great rallying call! xsx sandra.

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Sandra, for your fine review and comments. You are 100% right. Nations must unite against this threat that has been working steadily for years to ensconce itself around the world. If so-called leaders don't unite against it options will cease to exist.
reply by sandramitchell on 11-Jan-2015
    I am just watching Skye News, it seems not only is the whole of France making it's way to Paris, many World leaders are too! About time!!!
reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    But will so-called leaders have the courage to work on a plan to end/contain this scourge? Let's hope and pray they do.
reply by sandramitchell on 11-Jan-2015
    We can hope, but don't hold your breath! :(
Comment from ProSongwriter
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Hi Marilyn ...

yes, it is a dangerous and scary world we live in. It is comforting to know that the greatest part of our writing brethren stay strong and don't bend to the pressure ... keep writing, keep painting and keep the strength needed in the eyes of the readers.

And we do need strong leadership in these trying times. Hopefully, the "good" nations of the world will band d together to try to stop the inanity.

Take care and best to you ...

Alan

 Comment Written 10-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 10-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Alan, for your supportive review. Nations must band together. We face dangerous times. Thank you for your review. Best, Marilyn
reply by ProSongwriter on 10-Jan-2015
    My pleasure! You earned it!
Comment from acerisestory
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Thank you for this lovely and impactful poem, Marilyn. It's a challenge to all of us to do what we can do to fight terror. Your first two lines brought tears to my eyes because they are so true:

"We, as artists, poets and writers
The ultimate freedom fighters"

Wonderful rhyming, alliteration and imagery, my friend. Thank you so much for this poem. I wish I had a six; it would be yours. Alana


 Comment Written 10-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 10-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Alana, for your wonderful review and the virtual 6. I'm afraid we have a long journey ahead of us to live our lives in harmony in these frightening times. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from alf collier
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Hi BeasPeas. This is an extremely thought provoking piece, a call to support and stand against such acts of terrorism performed in the name of religion ( or any other misguided cause). Thank you for sharing this, alf

 Comment Written 10-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 10-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Alf, for your wonderful review. I'm afraid we have a long journey ahead of us to live our lives in harmony in these frightening times. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from giraffmang
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The problem with fighting a hidden war is just that.

Like the Eiffle tower, these groups go dark and sometimes do not surface for long time periods.

It is difficult to fight against an enemy who may be your neighbour, your friend, someone you pass by in the street. This is why they are so frightening. It could be anyone and it could be anywhere.

I liked the poem a lot it was solid rhyming and good flow and the message is clear. Stand up which we all must do. I do not necessarily agree no strictures as I do find some things unacceptable as many do.

I wrote a poem here about terrorism just BEFORE the attacks in France. It was entitled FUCK TERRORISM and a lot of people wouldn't review it because of the language, they deemed it unacceptable. Then the events in France occur and it changes.

I agree we should never feel intimidated or threatened for what we produce but some kind of internal stricture still needs to be in play.

A jibe at Mohammed and Allah wasn't aimed at the terrorists solely, it was offensive and blasphemous to all who follow that religion. There are extremists in all religions. I know from personal experience. What about the poor policeman who was killed, Ahmed, defending the rights of these "journalists" despite the insults to his own religion, himself a muslim? There is the rallying call for me more than the paper. Just my opinion.

 Comment Written 10-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 10-Jan-2015
    Hi, giraffmang, for your review and comments. I'm afraid we have a long journey ahead of us to live our lives in harmony in these frightening times. I DO agree with you 100% about self-monitoring when it comes to saying, writing, printing vile comments and cartoons. It's just throwing fuel on the fire. It serves no purpose to insult others because of our differences. I do have another poem, actually a 5-7-5 which I will post shortly about this. Just because we can state our opinions freely does not mean that we should. I will review your poem. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from adewpearl
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solid use of rhyming couplets
good alliteration and internal rhyme in speak out in stout
good alliteration and emotional intensity in cringing coward
good consonance in pandering to appease
you convey your opinions with conviction
Brooke

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 Comment Written 10-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 10-Jan-2015
    Thank you, adewpearl. Actually, I am of two minds on this subject and that is--just because we have the right to say, write, depict whatever we want in print or cartoons--should we actually do that? Self monitoring of vile comments should be incorporated into our judgment. My next piece a 5-7-5 expresses this POV.