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We're All Guilty

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Lucie
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0 posted 08-30-99 06:24 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Lucie

They lock them up behind those walls the dirty secrets of society.
A mistake they all try to hide from view so they do not have to see.
The failure our system is making daily as our youth spend life behind bars.
The young people they pass on the streets while behind the wheels of luxury cars.

To them these lives are unimportant these people to them are expendable.
To them they see the dregs of society, future name and number criminals.
They go home everyday to their big house and relax and enjoy their lives.
The children they send to private schools, their accepted high society wives.

While children walk around dirty neighborhoods trying to find something to eat.
Lucky to have a used pair of shoes and a half decent place to sleep.
Children who see things they never should and know more then some ever will.
The beauty of sunshine on broken glass in the parking lot of the old shut down mill.

That now days if your a young black man, your guilty till your proven innocent.
That you’ll get more time for a non-violent crime then any white man ever spent.
They say that the courts are not racial that justice is color blind.
They try to prove innocence of one and all, but think guilty in their mind.

And no one takes any notice, till some important Doctor or lawyers child.
Is caught in a crime of passion where their good name is defiled.
Then the upper class turn and take notice of a situation so out of hand.
They see that the system is broken and there is no youth left to stand.

The upper class, middle class and lower class children of the street.
Are all being grouped together in the criminal system where they meet.
The court system is filled with our children and the crimes that put them there.
And no one can see that it could be different if we all took some time to care.

Reach out to the children around you make a difference that will last through time.
Show them the world is open to them, show them the world can be kind.
Show that there is so much more then this, that they hold their future in hand.
Show them that someone can care for them, will support them and help them to stand.

If we do not all work together to make a difference, to make some kind of change.
There will come a time in the future when the world will have to be rearranged.
Because we are losing a whole generation to a problem thought to be minimal.
Look at your own children and see the dregs of society, future name and number criminals.
© Copyright 1999 Lucille Dobbins - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 08-30-99 09:53 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Lucie,
Your tirade was launched and it is now in space. May it beam your message for years to come and may it continue to sound it's drum.
Bravo.
Denise
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2 posted 08-30-99 10:18 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very good Lucie. A sad but true observation on society. Was it always so? probably. Can it ever change. I hope so. But it has to begin with us, as you said.

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Denise
Tara Simms
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**STANDING OVATION** I love the message you have here. I work with these kinds of kids and I see it every day. I am trying to make a difference in their lives and show them the beauty and kindness that exists in the world that I know. But "my kids" are from influential families and they attend a private, upscale school. Even they are not protected from seeing "things they never should" and knowing "more then some ever will."
WhtDove
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4 posted 08-30-99 10:49 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Very deep and serious subject here! Something to really make us think. I applaud your effort here!
Skyfyre
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5 posted 08-30-99 10:52 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Our children -- all children --- need more advocates like you. I salute you.

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")


Tara Simms
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6 posted 08-30-99 11:04 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

I'm going to print this one and post it in my office.
Pepper
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7 posted 08-31-99 12:17 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

extraordinary piece!!!!
Lucie
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8 posted 08-31-99 02:21 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

Thank you all for your wonderful replies. My heart has been touched by your responses. I was afraid that to make you all think of the things in my poem would cause a bad feeling. Perhaps that was my intent all along. But we go through life ignoring the problems before us, never realizing that we are part of the solution.
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9 posted 08-31-99 05:19 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Very well said, Lucie. Perceptive observations one and all, I have personal experience with the blindness of society to the problems that society itself causes. That is the primary motivation behind my own verse.

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Shall I indulge in flights of fancy hampered by clipped wings?
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10 posted 08-31-99 10:20 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Excellent, Lucie!
Andrew Scott
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11 posted 08-31-99 01:18 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Well Done! Well spoken with a message all should hear. Some serious work went into this and I applaud you and your effort. Thanks for sharing.
Lucie
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12 posted 08-31-99 01:26 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

I am overwhelmed by your responses. Thank you.
Sunshine
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13 posted 08-31-99 01:31 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Brava! Why is it you could have just written this out as a letter, but in verse, it comes alive? Well done.
snacks
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14 posted 08-31-99 02:52 PM       View Profile for snacks   Email snacks   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for snacks

Wonderful and so true. There is hope for these and all children who have seen more than they should. I was one..and not from a poor black..nor an affluant white home. Just an average run of the mill lower middle class home. Since then, I have seen in my work and in life that too many children of too many backgrounds are exposed to things that make them grow up way too fast. More importantly, too many so called adults want to deny that "these problems" have anything to do with their life. Love the title too!
caroline
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15 posted 08-31-99 07:54 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Fantastic work on an important topic! Children are the tomorrows...they are to be cherished.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
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