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Author Name: Freewritelady 11 Comments
Date Added: September 23, 2007 11:09:30 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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How do I make you see?

Keller taught the blind

because they were willing to learn.

I cannot teach your closed heart.

How can I take away the hatred

so deeply seated, the blackness

in an otherwise caring heart?

I cannot teach you love for fellow man

when you do not love yourself.


The things you say hurt me, this white bread girl;

this cracker, who loves her vegetable soup.

Swimming in a sea of color and diversity is rich in flavor.

How can I trade hurt for the very knowledge

it will take to open your closed eyes and mind?


While I marvel at culture, and my heart soars at the

perseverance of those so downtrodden,

my heart, open and hungry for the chance to help,

You call that woman on the street a dirty crack whore,

or worse, a racial curse.

The thin man of color, he is a low life scum of a drug dealer.

How do you know these things? I ask.

You can simply stroll by someone, and pass judgement.

Ah, I see, it is because you are all knowing.

I hang my head in shame for you, for all of you.

And the weary, bone heavy sadness that is the world today,

becomes uglier every time you speak.

Author's Notes:
I know this lacks form, it lacks wording, it plain and simple, lacks. Please forgive me, it was written at the height of upset and tears after a conversation a few minutes ago. For the love of me, I cannot figure out how to reach some people. Their ignorance shines brighter than anything else about them, and I am so tired of it. When, I ask, we will ever learn to accept each other based on the fact that we are human, and not a color, a country, a religion? This is what is upsetting my apple cart today, and may in fact, be a straw that breaks the camel's back, as I cannot, cannot, tolerate it. (Heavy sigh)
Thank you for reading, and if you don't wish to comment, I understand.
Blessings to all,
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Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on September 29, 2007 06:07:34 AM Report
fantastic! and never apologise....the words just came out as they were meant to.
as David so rightly states...there but for the grace of God...

I have found over my 54 years on this earth that every time I became judgemental...a harsh lesson soon followed.

Ali x

Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on September 27, 2007 06:03:00 PM Report
There's a wise saying in AA, Swoony.."You can do something for someone; to someone, but you can't do nothin' ABOUT nobody."...I think this was very well written.I'm no stickler for form...Write is as you feel it, kid..It works when ya do that...and this works...len
Comment By: FreeGlata on September 26, 2007 09:26:54 AM Report
This, my lovely, takes a form all its own, and needs no improving. You've stated it simply and clearly, and I SO agree with you!!!!! NO one should pass judgement on another just for the color of their skin or their "level" in "society."

I know exactly where this rant comes from and why you are compelled to write it, and I pray that the eyes that are so closed...or so tunnel-visioned...will open and expand to the point that there's no question about human kind. We ALL come from the same dust of the earth, and we'll all return to it. None the better, none the worse.

Sweets, keep standing your ground, and know, from all the support below, that you ARE right in this, and that there are many that feel exactly the same way you and I do about this. Gimme a yell any time...we'll scream and rant together :o)

Don't have a Prom date this year! My son's determined to come and get you for that date, lol!

Love ya sis...

That Big Yeller M&M


Comment By: FreeJoe Petro on September 24, 2007 09:02:53 PM Report

Just your writing of this piece sends the energy out that this kind of thinking is intolerable. More than a rant, a social statement. Godd job Kiddo. jp

Comment By: FreeHenry M. on September 24, 2007 03:37:59 PM Report
It matters little to me what color or ethnic origin a person is, it only matters what kind of a human being they are! Every person has a place in this world and all are deserving of that place, no matter what that place is. Because, but for the breaks of life, we could be the ones in their shoes! Nice work Barbie.  Henry
Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on September 24, 2007 09:41:16 AM Report
I agree with Tearz below. Joe
Comment By: PremiumDavid Turner on September 24, 2007 09:13:07 AM Report
You are quite right Barbara - there but for fortune go you or I.



Comment By: Premiumlionheart on September 24, 2007 05:53:51 AM Report
When I have been hurt this way, and there have been many times,

for basically the same reason...I revert to somebody else's prayer:


God grant me the serenity     

to accept the things I cannot change,    

courage to change the things I can,   

and wisdom to know the difference.   


                                St Francis of Assisi  

Love, Richard






Comment By: Freetom on September 23, 2007 11:36:10 PM Report
you are so right Barbie its their ignorance that makes them think that way I too well never understand it good write

hugs kisses


Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on September 23, 2007 02:38:54 PM Report
I wanted to add-the title pretty much states your (and my) truthful conclusion, doesn't it.


Excuse the typo in the comment below, I meant to hit the "x", not the "s" in the word exasperation.




Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on September 23, 2007 02:31:27 PM Report
You have the answer in a nutshell within your opening statement. Those who will not recognize the problem will never find the solution. I hope you express your views to this person as we are always learning from one another. Perhaps he/she is ignorant, uninformed, closed minded or has heard these racial slurs and put downs all his life and needs direction that this isn't accepable.


Once you have made your views known, complete with sound reasoning...then listen, really listen with your heart. What is the response? You will know by this if this individual has room in his heart for fairness and love of fellow man, no matter what his color or social status. If this behavior continues and you find it weighs heavy on your spirit, you best be rid of this company for a little leven ferments the whole lump.


You have come to the crossroads, be sure to choose carefully...don't let this person drag you down with negativity. It happens...get rid of this company, it is a vexation to your soul.


You have stated your truths in a beautiful, understandable way.  I feel your esasperation Barbie. I loved bone heavy sadness, these three words make a very powerful statement!




~Barbara~ *stating her two cents worth* 


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