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Angelo's A Mean Kid

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Robert E. Jordan
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Angelo lives in a mean hood.  
That makes Angelo a mean kid.  

Felix taught him to be mean.  

It was one of Felix’s greatest gifts
to his son.  

If you don’t have the capacity
to be mean in Angelo’s hood,
you might as well die.  

Angelo can get on well anywhere.

Bobby

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1 posted 07-05-2008 06:53 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

To teach Angelo to cope with meanness was obviously necessary... To know what it means to be mean will make its antonym desirable: compassionate ...

Compassionate living is also a reality of the hood, isn't it, dear Bobby? Yes, you told us so I remember.

Society is a mirror of our human qualities where everything reflects, the good and the bad, no doubt. You explore these qualities well.

Love,
Margherita
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Mean may mean survival at that point in life, but Angelo must also know mercy to be complete. Send him to my house, away from the hood for a season.

·´~`·­»Garapan«­·´~`·

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Margherita,

Yes, we are compassionate here in the hood.  Quite often the kids will wheel out a crippled kid in his wheelchair, just so he can feel more a part of the neighborhood gang.

Kids are also very polite here.

It's still a rough hood, and alway has been.  I guess that's the way we like it.

Love bobby
Robert E. Jordan
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XGarapanX,

Angelo has grown into a fine PhD type math professor.  So really, it's too late to save him.

Thanks for the kind offer though.  That's very nice of you.

BTW, Look into "Fresh Air Kids" if you want to help a kid like Angelo enjoy your home.

Bobby

[This message has been edited by Robert E. Jordan (07-05-2008 09:35 PM).]

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Bobby,

Personally, I think I am seeing through this poem and beyond it.  Yes, Felix taught Angelo how to be mean.  He also taught him that Fathers can hold their sons on their laps.  He taught him to respect his parents.  He taught him to be strong and confident.  He taught him that he can survive on the streets of the hood and to love the hood.  But he did not hobble him to the hood.  Angelo had to have encouragement to get to where he is - and it seems that Felix is pretty damn proud of him.

That's how I see it.

Alison
Robert E. Jordan
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Thanks dear Alison,

You see it correctly.  Thanks for your kind words.

Angelo is not really a mean kid, he's just strong.

Love Felix

[This message has been edited by Robert E. Jordan (07-05-2008 11:10 PM).]

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This is another good one!!!!!!!!!!!
Robert E. Jordan
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Thanks WindWalker,

I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

Bobby
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This reminds me of a Johnny Cash song called `A Boy Named Sue` about a father who gave his son that name so that he would be tough and able to survive without a father. -----  I don`t think as a father that I could teach my kid to be mean because it is not in my nature.  I would teach him self defense though and to avoid fights if he could.
 
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