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suthern
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0 posted 11-22-1999 08:56 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern

This is obviously old... but then, so am I! LOL.

I was nine years old when the President died,
Nine years old when the nation cried
For youth and promise too soon lost
And the family that would bear the cost
Of another son shot down.

Surely the ones who share their dreams
Are better than all the political schemes
We're shown by those who seek to gain
As much as they can, though they must remain
Pretenders to the crown.

Twenty years later, we are mourning still
And wondering if there ever will
Be a man come along who can carry the flame
And unite the world in a chant of his name.
Can such a one be found?

[This message has been edited by suthern (edited 11-22-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 suthern - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-22-1999 09:05 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Well, not being American I'm not aware too much of the history of your presidents - but I assume this is about JFK? Whoever it is this poem is very well constructed - and asks a poignant question.
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2 posted 11-22-1999 09:37 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

Suthern, This is GREAT

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3 posted 11-22-1999 09:41 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Enjoyed the poem. I was 11... as I tell my children, I am not old... just on the downhill slide of middle age...
Very nicely done.
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4 posted 11-22-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Excellent question there! Excellent poem!
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5 posted 11-22-1999 11:45 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, I was only three so I don't remember too much and...oh, you're not talking about Lincoln? Uh...good poem, Suthern!
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6 posted 11-23-1999 12:34 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Suthern: Being a brit...(yep, I know you know that even if you are blonde...*g*) I don't know how old I was, heck, I'm not sure I know now how old I am, how old am I?...LOL...see, no sleep addles the brain even more or is that age?..*g*

Great tribute, a bit like me remembering where I was when Churchill died and giving my sister some of my chocolate, I think I was about 7...

HUSG

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7 posted 11-23-1999 04:44 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Great poem Auntie ... ... I fully agree it was a tragic loss but do you believe *he* was any better than current Pretenders ? Somehow he was lucky he didn't get the media frenzy about his private life that current candidates deal with ... Anyway, superb last stanza !

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8 posted 11-23-1999 07:17 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you all very much for your kind comments... and ROFL @ Lincoln and a well preserved if ancient Balladeer! LOL

Jef: I think... or certainly hope... that we'll never get so jaded that the assassination of a president doesn't profoundly affect us, regardless of our politics. It's true that he might have self destructed and died an ignominious blip on the pages of history... but that wasn't allowed to happen... instead, there was Dallas. I've never met an American of my generation that doesn't know exactly where they were and what they were doing when they learned that President Kennedy was dead...
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I remember where I was, and what I was doing. As we all did if we were old enough...Nicely done poem gal.....as usual.....One difference between President Kennedy and our current joke,......JFK would have resigned. He more than likely wouldn't have lied, and, his mistress was probably much better looking!
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10 posted 11-23-1999 07:50 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: Thanks, sweetie... and Amen on the mistresses! LOL. There's not much comparison between Marilyn and Monica! *G*
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...and now it's been thirty-six years - would you believe?? - Nicely done, suthern...

... and - for the record - I'm not old - My kids are!!!
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12 posted 11-23-1999 08:16 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

I won't deny that Marilyn was much better looking ... and so was Judith Exner ... and ... ooops, wrong board ! ... LOL

[This message has been edited by JTF (edited 11-23-1999).]
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Wonderful read Suthern
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