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Poet deVine
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That word
fell on the floor
like a spent
bullet casing
as three boys continued talking
as if they hadn’t heard it
as if they hadn’t
said it

Beside me, stood my best friend
silent
holding her breath
as the
the word
spilled out
so carelessly

I felt shame and fear
these were my brother’s friends
I wanted to be
liked by them
wanted some day to date
one or maybe two
they were gods
in my eyes
were

‘Excuse me’ I said hesitantly
they looked up
grew silent
smiling at me
as they always had
at Barry’s
little sister

speaking to them
for the first time
I said “Apologize”
‘for what?’ they asked in unison
still smiling

“for the word”
they looked at each other
wondering what
I meant
dismissing me as a kid

They laughed again
so I moved closer
standing taller
trembling
in fear
and confusion
at my daring

‘Take that word back!”
they laughed again
got up
and left the house

and still I stood
shaking

My friend took my
hand
‘thank you
for trying’

we went to my room
and played with
our Barbie’s
at twelve
we were
almost
too old

mine - blonde and fair
hers - darkly beautiful

at twelve
that summer of
1964
we grew older still
because
a war started
from someone using
that word


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.




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1 posted 10-20-2002 01:56 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

PdV,
And I am so proud to call you my friend. And honored to post the first response to such an important poem. Very well done, very well. Class and integrity, mixed with courage and loyalty. Who could ask for more?

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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2 posted 10-20-2002 09:39 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

PoetdeVine~
This will undoubtedly be the most worthwhile read of my day~

Excellent, poetess~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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3 posted 10-20-2002 12:19 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

wonderful Sharon...one of your best, and I like this style from you! (and YOU know that this is a scenario STILL played out in my own little (red) neck corner of the wood) sigh...how hatred makes some folks feel better about themselves is still a concept beyond me. sigh.

wonderful words--wonderful poet. HUGS.
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4 posted 10-20-2002 02:55 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

smiling again...this kinda reminded me of me--except? when they laughed? I'd prolly have knee'd one of em...and then they'd have hit me back, and everyone would be reading a much different poem.

Much better YOUR way.
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5 posted 10-21-2002 06:28 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

It's good to see you stretch,
and also, to know yr heart.
 
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