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Comment from ProSongwriter
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Hi Marilyn,

I've been away from the site for better part of the past month or so. Our granddaughter just had her last chemo for Hodgkins Lymphoma. Less than two weeks later, we call a call from out=r daughter-in-law that our son has Stage 3 kidney cancer. He lives out of state. So I've not been around much.

yes, bigotry comes in all shades and emerges from all cracks and holes. It's not always one-way Each side always tries to find away to justify their actions. usually such utterances are about as invalid as me calling myself a perfect person.

Very nicely done! Wishing you the very best ...

Alan

 Comment Written 23-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 23-Feb-2015
    Hi Alan,
    I'm so sorry for the illness in your family. I've had similar hospital/illness related family issues also. I sure hope our country can get a handle on the trite saying--"can't we all just get along?" pretty soon. Best to you and yours, Marilyn.
reply by ProSongwriter on 23-Feb-2015
    Hi Marilyn,

    I echo your thoughts on "Can't we all just get along?" And thank you for your kind words about our family illnesses. Wishing you the very best ...

    Alan
Comment from Connie C
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I really like how strong your message is here, Marilyn. Besides making an important point about bigotry, you do so with some excellent rhyme and meter, which makes your poem flow smoothly. While I like every single stanza, I especially like the next to last one that starts, "honor grows when conduct is awesome . . ."
You should be very proud of this poem, and I hope you do well in the contest. It's Saturday night, which means I have no sixers left to give, or you would have one here from me.
Connie

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Connie. Thank you very much for your kind words and review--also for the virtual 6. This is such a hot topic right now. So much going on in the world--it's scary. Behavior must change from anarchy to decent behavior so ordinary citizens won't be afraid of the lawlessness. I had a longer free verse poem to enter, but thought it might be too strong, so opted for this one. Sooner or later we must get a handle on bigotry--it's so divisive of our nation. God help up. Marilyn
Comment from rod007
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This was a well written poem on bigotry. The 4th stanza is remarkably effective in the condemnation of the bigot. Well done and good luck on the contest.

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you, rod. I appreciate your review. Marilyn
Comment from Gloria ....
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This is terrific, Marilyn. I love the beat, it's strong and hip hop, and the rhyming is excellent too. Reverse discrimination has always been prevalent and I sometimes liken it to one of those perpetual motion gadgets. Who stops, how and when has "justice" been served when it just seems to escalate with each "pay back".

Great job with this prompt.

Gloria

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you so much, Gloria. I truly believe the way to achieve this is through behavior. If people go kicking and screaming, they will never accept. A softer approach will achieve success. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from Nosha17
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You are absolutely right, reverse discrimination is rampant, some people are just plain evil and also very hypocritical. Good clear message in your poem, with excellent rhyming. Hopefully, people will listen. Good luck in the contest. Faye

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you, Faye, for your supportive review. I have never been prejudice, but with the violence I'm seeing now it surely prompts a closer look at disrespectful, lawless people who would like me to help their cause. Under the circumstances, until behavior changes, it alienates me rather than wins me over. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from nelliesellie
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I love the picture. I love the poem. I love the author notes. You are so right. Reverse discrimination is flourishing. It is not just black on white. It is also female against male, religions against others and the list goes on. Two wrongs do not make a right. We have to act in a proper way when we feel discriminated against. Great work.

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you so much, nelliesellie. I appreciate your supportive review. No group can hope to gain acceptance through coercion. It's got to be done in a civil and respectful manner--on both sides. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from kiwijenny
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I like what you said about not being a black and white issue...I see reverse prejudice all the time. My son in law is a police man in Dekalb county Atlanta..he is so disrespected...well penned thought provoking poem
God bless

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi kiwijenny. Thank you for your fine review and comments. God bless your son-in-law. One of my girlfriend's son is an officer in southern California. Once police were respected. Now they have to endure lowlife's who think they are entitled to abuse them. Disgraceful. Marilyn
Comment from esacony
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This is what I consider a protest poem which wields a fairly sharp pen. I consider it to be similar to the 'Z' that Zoro would carve into his victims chest so they would remember their run in. Words balanced nicely and rhymed to take the edge off but grounded to inarguable facts.
I see this writing also having the potential of being a very poignant essay.

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Roy. Thank you for your review. There is no way anarchy will win the hearts and minds of others. What is needed is respect for self and those these groups are attempting to convince. I stand by my point that if people fear you because of your behavior you will never gain acceptance. People may be forced to accept you (through government edict,) but in their hearts they will not and the undercurrent will continue. Nobody gets something for nothing and it's time we honored good behavior--not lawlessness. Marilyn
reply by esacony on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Marilyn.
    I agree that self respect is a key to good behavior but you must agree....... to have self respect you must know who your self is.
    I was in the south during the race riots of the sixties. It wasn't the scariest time in my life but it was one of the most disturbing to see human beings treated as animals......... living in the fear you speak of.
    The other enticement for self respect requires a leader that sets an example in all levels of government and does not instigate divisiveness.
    There is no excuse for lawlessness as was the case in the sixties in which whites were allowed to murder blacks; but when familiar settings and circumstances present themselves old reactions take over. I hope we outgrow it.
    Roy
reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Roy. I am not a prejudice person. I have never intentionally hurt anybody. It's true, America does have a history of racial prejudice. We still have a history of racial prejudice, but now it is black against white. The victim has become the victimizer. The tide has turned the other way--whites and Christians are the new target. To make matters worse, the current prez and staff sanction it by spreading hatred of police officers and having rebel rousers like Sharpton (a tax cheat who owes millions as a guest in the WH) who instigates rioting. He is no MLK and not doing his cause any favors. Until violent groups change their behavior they will have a tough road. They will alienate people like myself who have always been in their corner. As a senior Catholic white woman I am frightened by these insolent, intolerant, lawbreakers who loot, riot and burn their own businesses out of existence. Too bad black/whites/etc. can't take each person at face value instead of lumping us all together. Hopefully that day will come. It's only through a behavioral change that things will improve. Maybe it will come when we all must unite against the bigotry of radical Islam, a common enemy. Sorry to rant for so long. Marilyn
reply by esacony on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Marilyn. Your comments and concerns are justified and in no way considered prejudiced.
    Try to remember;
    A fire burns hottest when it gets down to coals.......that being the closest to its end.
    On a different note:
    I have been looking through some of your work....... you have some beautiful writings. I read "The Love I seek." This one really hit home and I will let you know why in a another mailing.
    Be Well,
    Roy
Comment from Jennpenn
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I sure hope this won the contest because it's THAT good. What a perceptive poem about one of the timeliest issues of our day. I agree with every word. Great job!

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Jenn. Thank you for your wonderfully supportive review and rating.

    I have another gardening tip I got from the garden club. I have 2 poinsettias that are 2 years old, flourishing but have not bloomed again. The club told me to cut back the plants in January (which I did) and when consistent warm weather is here--to plant them outdoors and they will bloom in the summer. (But it is necessary to dig them up in fall and bring them back in the house.) I have cut them back and new foliage is growing beautifully. Will have to see what happens in the summer and will let you know if they bloom. Marilyn
reply by Jennpenn on 21-Feb-2015
    Okay Marilyn, so I just hacked my poinsettia back, took a photo of the leaves, and plan on incorporating it into next week's blog about prepping for Spring (27 days away...yippee!). I'm also going to talk about what annual seeds to start up now! You've been so helpful!
reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Hi Jenn. Your poinsettia experiment and mine will be the true test of what my garden club ladies touted. An unsung hero of the seed world is the nasturtium. They are SO easy, colorful, and attract hummingbirds. (Please see an old post of mine "Hummingbird." Photo of my hand with nasturtium and hummingbird. In California I'd hang up 3 feeders at a time, refilling 3 times a day and would have 30-40 hummers at a time. My deck held containers of nasturtium as well as morning glories which the birds loved.) Marilyn
reply by Jennpenn on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you for that tip. I will check out the old post. I love nasturtiums! I've had great success with them in the past myself. And I DO love morning glories as well. I intersperse them with moonflowers on the same sunny arbor around my back door. The morning glories do their thing all day, and the moonflowers glimmer in the evening garden!
reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Such a fantastic plan, interspersing MG with MF. Love it. I've often thought of that but as yet haven't done so.
reply by Anonymous Member on 23-Feb-2015
    Okay Marilyn, so I just hacked my poinsettia back, took a photo of the leaves, and plan on incorporating it into next week's blog about prepping for Spring (27 days away...yippee!). I'm also going to talk about what annual seeds to start up now! You've been so helpful!
reply by the author on 23-Feb-2015
    Your poinsettia will look pretty bad for about two weeks. Continue to water it when the soil is fairly dry, but soon you will see new leaves sprouting from it. This will be an experiment for us both in the summer to see if it re-blooms. In any case, it makes a bushy and healthy looking house plant. I always put mine on the deck in summer, but last year it did not bloom. I'm hoping with the tip from the garden club it will do so this summer.
reply by Jennpenn on 23-Feb-2015
    Fingers crossed!
reply by Anonymous Member on 26-Feb-2015
    Fingers crossed!
reply by Anonymous Member on 26-Feb-2015
    Fingers crossed!
Comment from Phyllis Stewart
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honor grows when conduct is awesome
no one wins medals for zero
solutions can be found to the problem
but rage won't be the hero

Bravo! Verrrrry well stated. I am totally in agreement with your well-worded poem. No one wins medals for zero! Grrrreat line!

 Comment Written 21-Feb-2015


reply by the author on 21-Feb-2015
    Thank you, Phyllis, for your supportive review. I think we all want the same thing, but bad behavior and breaking the law won't accomplish it. Marilyn