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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:10 am 
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Did a search. Didn't find any poetry thread. So I'll start off with this epic poem for our mother Earth.
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Political Poetry for Our Times

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We shouldn’t give up on poetry, if only because we need a different public language to describe our country.

Many of us think of poetry as so refined that we can only refer to it occasionally, like fine silverware that you can’t put in the dishwasher. Piercing minds go mute around poetry. It is imagined to be overly technical, like advanced arithmetic; otherworldly, priestess-like; suffocatingly personal; excessively decorative; exhaustingly bourgeois or tiringly avant-garde. (Some of this is true, especially the bourgeois part.)

Yet we shouldn’t give up on poetry, if only because we need a different public language to describe our country. Conventional public discourse is boring, too familiar and brittle: the spray-on-tan blather of pundits on CNN, the coo of commerce, the drained, template-like rhetoric of political speech.

That’s where poetry, that oft-forgotten form, comes in, a specific kind of verse called “civic poetry.” Civic poetry is public poetry. It is political poetry. It is about the hard stuff of life: money, crime, gender, corporate excess, racial injustice. It gives expression not just to our rites but also to our problems and even our values; these poems are not about rustic vacations.

Civic poetry is ascending. It has asserted itself in recent years in the form of poetry slams and, of course, political rap, but now it is rising again on the page, in the work of poets like Claudia Rankine. In 2014 she won every national prize in sight for her book Citizen. It’s inspired work, one of whose themes is............

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In the angry voice of the gun
our love succumbs our friendship does cease
as does our Peace
Joy yields to sorrow smiles to a frown
the promise of tomorrow in an instant is drowned

In the angry voice of the gun
Orphans and widows are born
Justice forlorned
Marches and riots are forged

In the angry voice of the gun
We are left with stains
We are left with pains
We are left with heartache and emptiness
that was once filled with life and love

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In the angry voice of the gun
our love succumbs our friendship does cease
as does our Peace
Joy yields to sorrow smiles to a frown
the promise of tomorrow in an instant is drowned

In the angry voice of the gun
Orphans and widows are born
Justice forlorned
Marches and riots are forged

In the angry voice of the gun
We are left with stains
We are left with pains
We are left with heartache and emptiness
that was once filled with life and love


That is quite good. Google doesn't know it, did you write it?


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Sam Lefthand wrote:

That is quite good. Google doesn't know it, did you write it?


yea the main line was inspired by an episode of Rin Tin Tin

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IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream- -and not make dreams your master;
If you can think- -and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on! '

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings- -nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And- -which is more- -you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

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Rudyard Kipling came up with the phrase "white man's burden".

[from Wiki]
"The White Man's Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands" (1899), by Rudyard Kipling, is a poem about the Philippine–American War (1899–1902), in which he invites the United States to assume colonial control of that country.

He also coined the phrase "east is east, west is west, never the twain shall meet" (that was in Ballad of East and West, 1889).

George Orwell famously said of him,
Kipling was "a jingo imperialist", explaining that he was "morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting".

... BTW, I also like some of his poetry, as well, nonetheless. Politically incorrect people, especially by modern standards, can still make some good art.

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thanks for pointing out all kiplings bad points since i knew little of him outside of being a brit
and being in india.
i still appreciate his poem which i chose to memorize for school.

in fact i have a gilded edge copy framed hanging next to my mares picture on the wall right there.
it came from the connestoga wagon in near perfect condition in the barn at the ranch when they
pulled the wagon out to take back to Kansas...after about 60years.

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Kipling was a product of his times, notably British imperialism.

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I think Bob Dylan and John Lennon are poets. The most powerful poems are in songs.

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http://www.freebobbybostic.com/bobby-bostics-poetry.html

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The Terrible Bullet
Bullet can I ask you a question
Why are you so terrible in the wake of your onslaught things turn horrible
See how you rip though bodies and kill so many dreams
Just a ripple from the trigger sends blood flowing in streams
Made by man but yet given a life of your own
You are not the solution because you break up many a happy home
People dealing with issues thinking that you can solve them
Yet in the end you become their greatest problem
Look at the damage that you do to their world
Taking the lives of innocent boys and girls
O bullet they say that you know no name
But yet in life you play such a deadly game
You have no eyes so therefore you can’t see
Blind to the fact that you are killing off humanity
I wonder if you knew your crimes would you repent
And if so would you claim that the deaths you caused wasn’t meant
Would you just blame man and absolve yourself of guilt
Wrapping your conscience up in an unmerciful quilt
Nothing but a piece of steel
Yet your fatal consequences are so real
I must ask of those who have emotions that feel
Why has the bullet been given the power to kill
Not even knowing those whom it may slay
Yet those precious lives won’t live to see another day
Recently I read about the child that was shot and killed
I guess they had to go because this is what heaven willed
But why were you so unremorseful in what you did
Don’t you realize that the life that you took was that of a kid
O mighty bullet let me ask you another question
Because every day your deadly deeds be having me guessing
I wonder at your worth but I still can’t figure it out
Death and destruction is what you are all about
Look at how you tore through that woman’s heart
Ripping her entire family apart
Then you have these greedy businessmen that become a gun dealer
Them as well as the triggerman is the real killer
Look at the precious souls that you have forsaken
You have become a favorite tool of Satan
Iron is supposed to be a precious metal
But it is used for the wrong purposes by humans controlled by the devil
He destroys the souls that he possess
Even the killer kills a part of themselves in the process
So bullet who do you answer to
Is destruction the only way that you pay your due
All it takes is a pull of the trigger to unleash your fury
Shutting down all the factories that makes bullets would be the best theory
Because a lifeless bullet can take a life of its own
Once released into the air it is terror prone
Traveling at the speed of light
All it takes is one bullet to end a life
Causing grief and destroying so much
A lot of havoc can be reaped from a bullet’s touch
Man fingers the trigger and then he pulls it
Little does he realize the endless consequences of the terrible bullet

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Nobel Laureate

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"Man Of Peace"

Look out your window, baby, there's a scene you'd like to catch
The band is playing "Dixie", a man got his hand outstretched
Could be the FÅhrer
Could be the local priest
You know sometimes Satan, you know he comes as a man of peace.

He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue
He knows every song of love that ever has been sung
Good intentions can be evil
Both hands can be full of grease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

Well, first he's in the background, and then he's in the front
Both eyes are looking like they're on a rabbit hunt
Nobody can see through him
No, not even the Chief of Police
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

Well, he catch you when you're hoping for a glimpse of the sun
Catch you when your troubles feel like they weigh a ton
He could be standing next to you
The person that you'd notice least
I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

Well, he can be fascinating, he can be dull
He can ride down Niagara Falls in the barrels of your skull
I can smell something cooking
I can tell there's going to be a feast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

He's a great humanitarian, he's great philanthropist
He knows just where to touch you honey, and how you like to be kissed
He'll put both his arms around you
You can feel the tender touch of the beast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

Well, the howling wolf will howl tonight, the king snake will crawl
Trees that've stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall
Wanna get married ? Do it now
Tomorrow all activity will cease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.
Somewhere Mama's weeping for her blue-eyed boy
She's holding them little white shoes and that little broken toy
And he's following a star
The same one them three men followed from the East
I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.


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yea the main line was inspired by an episode of Rin Tin Tin



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112 ... in-tin-tin

You need to read this book about Rin Tin Tin and his owner it is a pretty amazing and somewhat sad story.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112 ... in-tin-tin

You need to read this book about Rin Tin Tin and his owner it is a pretty amazing and somewhat sad story.


being the year of the dog maybe good time too.

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Jessica Care Moore “Just To Watch You Walk” full poem

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This one makes me cry.
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The Difference

Deny them justice
Deny them opportunity
Deny them the fruits of their labor
Deny them equal treatment under the law
Punish them harsher
Charge them more
Relegate them to extremes
Deny their freedom
Deny their Humanity
Deny their dignity
Deny them love
Deny them peace
Deny them time
Deny their innocence

then wonder why

Why are they not like you and I?

we who abide by the law
we who work hard and play by the rules
we who use our time wisely
we of flesh and bone
we who earn our keep
we who respect ourselves
we who are free
we who love
we who never cheat
we who are just
we who only want peace

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My Detroit

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Sharply the menacing wind sweeps over
The bending poplars, newly bare,
And the dark ribbons of the chimneys
Veer downward; flicked by whips of air,

Torn posters flutter; coldly sound
The boom of trams and the rattle of hooves,
And the clerks who hurry to the station
Look, shuddering, over the eastern roves,

Thinking, each one, ‘Here comes the winter!
Please God I keep my job this year!’
And bleakly, as the cold strikes through
Their entrails like an icy spear,

They think of rent, rates, season tickets,
Insurance, coal, the skivvy’s wages,
Boots, school-bills, and the next instalment
Upon the two twin beds from Drage’s.

For if in careless summer days
In groves of Ashtaroth* we whored,
Repentant now, when winds blow cold,
We kneel before our rightful lord;

The lord of all, the money-god,
Who rules us blood and hand and brain,
Who gives the roof that stops the wind,
And, giving, takes away again;

Who spies with jealous, watchful care,
Our thoughts, our dreams, our secret ways,
Who picks our words and cuts our clothes,
And maps the pattern of our days;

Who chills our anger, curbs our hope,
And buys our lives and pays with toys,
Who claims as tribute broken faith,
Accepted insults, muted joys;

Who binds with chains the poet’s wit,
The navvy’s strength, the soldier’s pride,
And lays the sleek, estranging shield
Between the lover and his bride.


Something I read, maybe you too.

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