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Felix--Persona Non Grata

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Robert E. Jordan
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Felix learns early on
that heís not wanted,
a ďpersona non grataĒ,
in this world.  

He is a symbol of
the shame and degradation
that the world knows about,
but doesnít mention,
no,
it wonít be mentioned.  

Felix didnít really plan it that way.

Bobby
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Bobby, Felix is welcome over here anytime. If ever he finds himself on the wrong side of the pond, tell him to look me up....

John
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John,

Felix and I say thanks.  You're a kind person.  You never can tell, Felix may show up on your doorstep sometime.  He's been around.  

Bobby
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Bobby

The door will be on the latch, tell Felix to come right in & make himself at home....if he has Wawa with him, the cream donut in the 'fridge is mine !

John

"Ignorance is the Enemy...."

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Thanks John,

Wawa is no problem foodwise.  He's not greedy.

Now if Butch comes along--well, that's an entirely different matter.

Of course Felix isn't picky at all.  He'll eat whatever he is given.

Bobby
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Thanks for the read.  As I posted in some other forum, I dig on the Felix character.

I couldnít resist playing with this oneÖ


Felix knew by the age of 9
he was serially unwanted
a persona non grata
packing home on his back  
a permanent symbol
of the deep black loneliness
this world knows all too well
but no one mentions, not even Felix
who secretly planned it this way
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I always root for the 'under-dog'! Mind you, Felix is definitely not a dog! ~ Felix is a cat, is he not? lol ~ Sorry, I have been holding back saying that ever since I started reading his story. I adore "Felix the Cat". That cartoon character makes me laughalot!

Loves 'n hugs to both you and Felix!

Linda
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I wish I could say things have changed since Felix was a child but I can't. All you have to do is hear about what is on the Internet to know that things remain the same. Though Felix had a hard life he turned out to be very wise with a story to tell that may change someone's thinking.
                                  Ida
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RCat,

Thanks for reading.
Please don't mess with my work.

Bobby
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Linda,

Yes, Felix is a cat.  He's always catting around.

Thanks for the love and hugs.

Bobby
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Ida,

No, things haven't changed that much.  I don't have to go to the Internet to know that.  All I have to do is have my eyes and ears open.  We have loads of Felix's right here in the beloved hood.

It's all part of the human condition, which was never designed to be easy.

Bobby

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[QUOTE]RCat,

Thanks for reading.
Please don't mess with my work.

Bobby[QUOTE]


No messing intended.  It seemed you were inviting participation from your comment on my post.  Sorry, Iíll confine such feedback to the workshop forums.


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I was thinking the other day while watching a show on television where they were asking for donations to drill for water in Africa and I was thinking about Paris Hilton...as a child we don't have any control over where we are born, to who we are born, under what circumstances we are born, but as an adult we have a measure of control...sadly women like Paris Hilton take her good fortune and live for partying...James
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James,

Paris most likely never had a chance to develop into more of a person that most people would really care about.

Like Felix, she is shaped by her environment.  I'm willing to give her a chance.  There's no telling what the child (Paris) will develop into.

I like a good party myself.

Bobby
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This touches on the true slice of life realities that exist.  I enjoye reading Felix's adventures. Well done.
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smiles... now you know Bobby, Felix and his gang would be welcome down under too!     love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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Gentle Spirit,

Lifeís realities can be very painful.  I think thatís true for everyone in one way or the other, at one time or another.

Iím very happy that you enjoy reading about Felix.

Bobby  
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Dear RDB,

Thanks for the invite.  Before I really retired, I consulted many time in Australia, mainly in the Melbourne area.  A smaller town named Altoona.  Iíve also consulted in the Sydney area.

I always enjoyed Australia very much.  The people are very nice.  

Bobby
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working at the county "D.P.W.' (sorry, "C.A.O."...to be 'politically correct'...
the term 'welfare' is 'out!'), I can surely attest to the truths of this ('reality therapy') write!

There is an ever increasing number of the 'disenfranchised' amid the "Runaway American Dream"
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There is great pain when a child realizes that it is not accepted.

Dear Bobby, your words are touching.

Felix reacted no doubt in the best possible way, as he did in so many different difficult situations.

love
Margherita

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Secondhanddreampoet,

Thanks for noting that.  Indeed there are.  

It's good to know good people like you are working for "da welfare" as we used to call it.

Bobby
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Margherita,

What you say is very true.  Felix always does the best he can for Felix.

Bobby
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I know Felix does not want it, but sometimes I just want to hug him.

A
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Alison,

Now how do you know Felix doesn't want a hug.

Bring it on Hon.

Bobby
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I was so tired when I wrote this earlier this morning.

I really meant to say that I am sure that Felix does not want my sympathy - and after I posted it I thought that he might not mind the hugs.

So, here's to you, Felix ...

Hugs and a kiss on the cheek and some more hugs.  Oh, and another hug or two.

Maybe he once was not wanted, but I am sure glad that he is here.

A
 
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