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Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:00 PM

 

I wrote a poem for America and you all here on DU.

We call ourselves the free,
but we cannot free ourselves.
Open secrets,
hidden in plain sight,
dusty tomes on our shelves.
Our society is ill,
sick,
in disarray.
America,
America,
who are you today?


Police state holding the mighty men,
safe in their keeps.
Looking down upon us;
lowly peasants and sheep.
Power to the people!
The words, so strong,
are but air, from our lips.
Words are merely wind;
but wind powers ships.


Old men molded the world,
and shaped the past.
They wrote the history,
they won at last.
But what man has made,
was not made to stay…
The old days are dead,
Yet they haunt us this day.


Don’t tell me what you were,
or what you’ve done.
How much you’ve taken,
how much you’ve won.
Your money,
your might,
you own the day!
America,
America,
we are on our way.


Old wounds not healed,
have blistered
and burst!
Our souls cry out
in desolation
and thirst.
A lustful hope,
a needful want,
that on a summer day….
America,
America,
will change the way….


We use and abuse,
rig the game to lose,
separate the browns from the reds,
the pinks from the blues,
the lights from the darks,
with the blacks put away.
Oh, America,
America,
the games you play.


Time for us all
to reunify the race
there is but one –
the human
same face.
Together we are one;
but separate,
just dust.
America,
America,
America or bust.

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Reply I wrote a poem for America and you all here on DU. (Original post)
bravenak Oct 2014 OP
brer cat Oct 2014 #1
bravenak Oct 2014 #2
randys1 Oct 2014 #26
bravenak Oct 2014 #27
randys1 Oct 2014 #28
bravenak Oct 2014 #29
NYC_SKP Oct 2014 #3
bravenak Oct 2014 #5
littlemissmartypants Oct 2014 #4
bravenak Oct 2014 #6
1StrongBlackMan Oct 2014 #7
bravenak Oct 2014 #8
1StrongBlackMan Oct 2014 #9
bravenak Oct 2014 #10
sheshe2 Oct 2014 #13
freshwest Oct 2014 #11
bravenak Oct 2014 #12
sheshe2 Oct 2014 #14
bravenak Oct 2014 #15
Kalidurga Oct 2014 #16
bravenak Oct 2014 #17
MrScorpio Oct 2014 #18
bravenak Oct 2014 #19
proReality Oct 2014 #20
bravenak Oct 2014 #21
panader0 Oct 2014 #22
bravenak Oct 2014 #23
panader0 Oct 2014 #24
bravenak Oct 2014 #25
hopemountain Oct 2014 #30
bravenak Oct 2014 #33
appalachiablue Oct 2014 #31
bravenak Oct 2014 #32
nomorenomore08 Oct 2014 #34
bravenak Oct 2014 #35
nomorenomore08 Oct 2014 #36
bravenak Oct 2014 #37
ReRe Nov 2014 #41
bravenak Nov 2014 #44
DonCoquixote Oct 2014 #38
bravenak Oct 2014 #39
oldandhappy Nov 2014 #40
bravenak Nov 2014 #43
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2014 #42
bravenak Nov 2014 #45
heaven05 Nov 2014 #46
bravenak Nov 2014 #47
Name removed Nov 2014 #48
bravenak Nov 2014 #49
bravenak Nov 2014 #50
ismnotwasm Nov 2014 #51
bravenak Nov 2014 #52

Response to bravenak (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:05 PM

1. Most excellent, bravenak! nt

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Response to brer cat (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:24 PM

2. Thank you.nt

 

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Response to bravenak (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 05:01 PM

26. EXCeLLeNt ExCeLlEnT!

Put that sucker to music

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Response to randys1 (Reply #26)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 05:06 PM

27. Can't sing.

 

Pity. I wish I had the talent.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #27)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 05:10 PM

28. Cant wait for the Richard Pryor movie...who is playing Paul I wonder

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Response to randys1 (Reply #28)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 05:11 PM

29. I wanna see it too. It will be too funny. He can play himself, no one else can.

 

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:26 PM

3. Well done!

 

True words, well written.

Thank you!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:28 PM

5. No, Thank You!!

 

The message came from all of you. It's just my interpretation.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:28 PM

4. Very cool. Thanks! nt

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:32 PM

6. I appreciate it.

 

Thank you too.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:43 PM

7. Thank you ...

 

I love your use of the English language ... And the images they create.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:47 PM

8. Thank you!

 

I'm glad I posted it now. Thank you for convincing me to do it.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:53 PM

9. Shhh ...

 

You're going to attract folks demanding to be a part of MY private viewings.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 11:54 PM

10. Ten trusted DUers only!nt

 

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Response to bravenak (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 01:30 AM

13. Lol~

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 12:11 AM

11. Perfect. And if I may say so, far more patriotic than a thousand flag wavers.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 12:14 AM

12. Thank you.

 

I really do love America, enough to see that we can be better, and to want us to be together. Imagine us all without egos. The world would be sublime.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 01:32 AM

14. Perfect!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 01:43 AM

15. Thank you.

 

I love you especially.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 02:39 AM

16. Very good

A+

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 03:49 AM

17. Thank you.

 

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:50 AM

18. I'd love to see and hear you recite it.

Passionate words require an equally passionate voice.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 11:03 AM

19. Maybe I'll have to make a record someday.

 

I sound too much like my mother on recordings. That's why I never have.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 02:27 PM

20. That's more than worthy of sharing...

may I pass this on to others?

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Response to proReality (Reply #20)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 02:32 PM

21. Yes, feel free to share.

 

Thank you.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 04:54 PM

22. One from '68...

A man came into town today
and he was colored blue
and he was singing nonsense songs
and said that they were true.
The townsmen were so terrified
by his songs and his hue
they hung him in the marketplace
til he was dead and through.
A smile lingered on his face,
he'd proved his songs were true.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #22)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 04:55 PM

23. I like that one.

 

Thank you.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 04:58 PM

24. I was 17 when I went off to college

My roommate was 16, black and very intelligent. I learned quite a bit about race and myself that year.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #24)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 05:00 PM

25. That is a perfect time to learn about people.

 

The younger the better.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:08 PM

30. "there is but one –

the human
same face."


powerful. thank you for sharing, bravenak.

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Response to hopemountain (Reply #30)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:16 PM

33. Thank you and you're welcome.

 

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:08 PM

31. Powerful work, beautifully written. You are gifted. Please perform and publish this appeal.

The end of divisive destruction must come. United we stand; divided we beg.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #31)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:15 PM

32. Thank you.

 

I sent it on in with the others.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:43 PM

34. I like it. A little Langston Hughes, a little Ginsberg, maybe. But definitely your own voice too.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #34)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:46 PM

35. That was a wonderful thing to say.

 

Thank you.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #35)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:48 PM

36. You should publish that somewhere. Seriously. Your talent is too good to waste.

I used to write poetry myself, but now I'm strictly a prose (fiction) writer.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #36)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:54 PM

37. I like to send them in as I go so that I stop burning them.

 

I have a habit of destroying my things, so I post up my musings so I can't delete.
This one just wanted to be shared with you all.
I may just save enough one day for a short collection to share. That would be fine! I would like that very much. To share the sad little verses of my soul.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 11:53 PM

41. Don't you DARE throw your writings away!

You should have a journal to write your finished poems into. Buy yourself a nice one for Christmas! You may not think much of your poems, but I promise you that in 100 years, your descendants or great nieces/nephews will love them. By all means, get them published today, if not singly, then in a book. Just DON'T throw them away.

Great poem, bravenak. Keep them coming...

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Response to ReRe (Reply #41)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 08:05 PM

44. I know, I'm just cray cray.

 

I started keeping them on the cloud so i won't delete them. And now I just send them out to be published somewhere. My grandkids might want to google me or whatever they will be doing one day.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 08:57 PM

38. Langston Hughes would be proud

Anf ofr those who do not know who he was, look him up.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #38)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 09:00 PM

39. One of my favorites, he is.

 

I miss Maya Angelou.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 09:54 PM

40. Than you

I am honored.

Have been a little down the last couple of days, fretting re the culture of fear and feeling out of tricks to deal with it. Your poem tells me we must forge ahead!

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #40)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 08:02 PM

43. Thank you.

 

I'm glad it gave you a lift.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 07:54 PM

42. I took a while before checking this out, because I'm generally not a poetry person.

Now I'm glad I looked.

Very very good work....

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #42)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 08:06 PM

45. Thank you for checking it out, then!

 

Glad It was mine that got you to try it out again.

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Mon Nov 3, 2014, 10:27 AM

46. last tome

 

most profound, all are excellent in their truth.......bravo

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #46)

Mon Nov 3, 2014, 01:29 PM

47. Thank you.

 

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Response to bravenak (Reply #49)

Sat Nov 8, 2014, 07:23 PM

50. Oh no!!

 

Got zapped!

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Response to bravenak (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:23 AM

51. Whoa that's good

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #51)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:27 AM

52. Thank you!

 

It's my poem of the month I wrote. This month might be sad.

But I have legal weed now, so, maybe not!

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