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Shadowed talons reaching for the basement
trapped by pale politicos above
southern culture lost to cold indifference
strangles the hypocrisy of love

clinging to society is fruitless
when savagery’s accepted as the norm
black and white are shades completely empty
and little children grow to fit the form

power is the currency of freedom
apathy the scourge of those who wait
wandering a city with no mercy
praying for a miracle too late

nothing is more powerful than passion
motivated by the need for pride
belief that all humanity’s a rainbow
must evolve from something deep inside

struggling for what most take for granted
is not a way for anyone to live
poverty itself has no true color
when demographics dictate what we give

to truly understand the human problem
we must begin to realize the need
and ignoring what our souls are made of
will only cause us all to sorely bleed

C. Lon R. Bruso

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Wow, there are some thoughts in this one that touch on the profound that last stanza is outstanding I cant give you anything but a Bravo...Wonderful poem my friend

I thoroughly enjoyed the read

love to you both Jayne x

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

If it pleased you, I am happy! Thank you for taking the time to read this and leave me nice feedback!

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Loved this write full of real reasons not to love political space polluters.
One day you will astound me and write of the love you have for those around you, meanwhile take care and know we think of you and you know we thank you for all you have done.
Yours Ian.T

There are a million reasons to believe in yourself,
So find more reasons to believe in others..

Writing of love is difficult for me as I am not sufficiently aware of how it works! Perhaps with a few more years of life with Chrys that may change! Thanks for reading!

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I was wondering why you haven't been posting lately....i have always looked forward to read them and each time I do it creates for me an image of a writer who is sensitive and connects with burning issues riddling our world....I loved this one too...


raj (sublime_ocean)

Well, I'm back at it again, so hang on and enjoy the ride, my friend! LOL!!

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you have some loyal followers here
I like Ian's suggestion

Let your mercy spill on all these burning hearts in hell(Leonard Cohen)

I will try and comply as soon as I am able! Thanks for stopping by!

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Loved this piece. Gonna check on your other works too. This is a powerful piece.

I object! I object!
why do we have scums as leaders
did their voters lack in intellect
or are they blind boot kissers?

when the heart is laden with greed,
it's blacker than charcoal.
Corruption will have its seeds
growing ten times fold!

While the poor become invisible
as the wealthy swagger and boast,
thinking they own the world
while others fade as ghost


For reading, understanding , and leaving me nice feedback!

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