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God's Own Children

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We spare our tears and weep not for thee

Raving, raging, racist though you be

For the poisons sit, seep, ever so deep

Lament for the white-tender-young

Legatees of racist-inspired-wrongs

God's own children taught to revile

Shared humanity of another hue

Joint-heirs of sun, air and dew

White eyes and ears imbibe the bile

Bitter fruit set their teeth on edge

Is it already much, much too late

To lock wide-open, infernal gates of hate?

Confused, contorted outlooks, views

Inundated with daily, hourly brutal news

Spin in malleable, chained hearts and minds

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Irene,

Poignant, articulate, could not be more on target.

Your words open vistas of understanding, touching the heart-mind.

May we mature past this destructive stupidity quickly, and once and for all.

Your poem can evoke tears and determination.

Martin King would be proud.

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OMG! MLK no less. I am speechless.

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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter - MLK

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Irene,

From my perspective, there a long, multi-generation process ahead, replete with tears and anguish, as well as joy. The rapidly approaching collapse of the ecology and human institutions may - in the long run - speed up the maturation process. But chaos will be predictable. We can hope and work toward such a "growing up," and every effort counts.

In the meantime it is up to those of us who long for such a world, to be determined - not simply to act in the external world - but to transform our inner world by opening our heart-mind: becoming enlightened for the sake of all beings.

I meant what I said about M.L.King.

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Outstanding, Sister.

Stay true to truth, no matter how uncomfortable and unsavory that truth, that belongs to you, is.

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Just as the sun remains true to its mission for planet earth, and has never ceased to rise in the east and set in the west, so too will the truth never stop being true.

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Always enjoy your words Irene.

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Thanks Robert, I really appreciate your kind affirmation. The great Greek philosopher once said, "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man."

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The great Greek philosopher Aristotle......

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