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littledavid
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0 posted 02-28-2008 03:20 PM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid


Someone called me a 'retard' yesterday.

It may have been the nicest thing he could have called me, under the circumstances, I don't know.
I know I truly felt the power of a word.

This is my first post here.
I hope to learn what I should have learned long ago.
How to write what I feel and think and know (what very  little that is) and not be misunderstood.
I am slow, that is for sure.
But I am also consistent.
I will read all I am able to read and understand here. And then, someday, I will return and practice on you, if you will listen and be as understanding as my latest critic.  

Thanks for the welcome!

david
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1 posted 02-28-2008 03:36 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

A very warm welcome to this wonderful land.

As to someone called you "retard",
This is a name calling. And it is wrong. Everyone in a life time at least will get more than 5 times or ten times dirty name-callings.  But if you can not lecture the caller, at least let this not ruin your mood. Everyone is blessed with great ability. In some people it  shows at early age, in others it shows in later age. Believe yourself and ignore other's rudeness.
have a nice day!!
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2 posted 02-28-2008 04:43 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch


David,

I learned this when I was young and tried to live up to it ever since:
http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/rudyard_kipling/poems/14456

If Kipling were here heĎd probably throw in another verse just for you, he isnít, so I will.

If you can face the names they call you
And take their words as neither stones nor sticks
Or if you greet the words they throw as I do
As nothing more than harmless tricks.
If you can turn the words youíve disregarded
By diligently learning hour by hour,
Youíll realise itís they who are retarded;
That those who wield words well hold real power.

littledavid
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3 posted 02-28-2008 05:49 PM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid

Thank You for your kind comments.
I too have loved that poem for many years.

I want to be clear.
That person meant me no harm. He was showing me the way here, I just know it.
He really is a very kind man.
He is a storyteller.
He knows my story better than I do.
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Welcome! I'm looking forward to reading your words. Name calling is cruel, but you've already got the upper hand just by your posting this response to it. I'd say you're brilliant!
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5 posted 02-28-2008 11:38 PM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid

Thank you Midnitesun!
I accept your compliment and herein will describe myself merely as slow, rather than retarded. Although the difference is slight outwardly, internally it is profound. One whom I greatly admire was called this name and, although it is impossible that I should ever approach his measure, I will endeavor to try. I will, furthermore, consider this my first coup.
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6 posted 02-28-2008 11:49 PM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

Ever read "The idiot" by Dostoevsky?  The man who was considered slow by most of the other characters, proved to outshine them all.  

Welcome to Philosophy.



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The turtle wins the race.
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Grinch
My first try is for you.

Thank you for your Gift of words
I took them with me where I sleep
And put them in a sacred place
With other treasures that I love
To there forever keep
Safe from worldly moth or rust
Or  he  that would corrupt!
Iíll forge with them a blade of steel
And  run it through the liars heart!


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Little David, I'm liking your spunk. Anyone who fights back by being the better person is OK in my book.

I'm looking forward to seeing your sharing posts and poetic posts everywhere!

Thanks for joining PiP.

" It matters not this distance now  " Excerpt, Yesterday's Love
~*~
KRJ

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10 posted 02-29-2008 12:39 PM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid

Hi again Sunshine!

Believe me when I tell you this,
Iím not the better man!
The Power Word he sent me,
has brought me where I am.
Iíll thank that Crow each morning,
Iíll  watch the sky above
And praise each dayís eternal flame,
His gift of Truth and Love.

david
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hey David...you don't even begin to seem "slow" to me...

You seem rather sharp

I look forward to reading more from you
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Thank you, SEA, for your kindness!

I read these words just a few moments ago.

ďThe sun illuminates only the eye of the man,
but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.Ē

I was led to these words by a watchful Crow, who knows that I am nearly blind.
As I begin to try now to see, as an adult, but through my eye and my heart, as a child, I sense the first glimmering of  understanding. A new beginning.
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Little david, Firstly welcome to the family... rest assured you will not get called names here, I'm sure you will utter a few yourself if someone should be less than kind in their critique' of your work...Personally, I care not what people say about me, if they do not like me, they don't have to look at me....As for the guy that called you that, should he give you the benefit of his wisdom in the future, I suggest you tell him that you refuse to enter into a battle of wits with an unarmed man, that oughta do it....I'm liking your first attempts, keep your head down, shoulder to the wheel, nose to the grindstone & try walking !  Cheers John

"Ignorance is the Enemy...."
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quote:
rest assured you will not get called names here


IĎm not so sure about that, though I do know that all Englishmen are liars so you may be right.

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15 posted 03-01-2008 12:37 AM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid

effjayel and friends,
Thanks all, for your warm welcome!
I only ask for honest critisism of my work. Don't worry about offending me or being too harsh. Words can't hurt me, especially those that come from an honest heart. These 'poems' I have written can barely be called first attempts. I don't even know where to begin polishing them. That is why I'm here. I'm sure that with all your help, the truth that is in them will come through, and that is all I seek. I doubt they will even be recognizable when we are finished, but I want to only tell the truth of what I see and who I am so others will understand me better.  I felt I should just follow the muse and get these out while I was feeling inspired. I'll go to work on them later. I have a few more lines I've written today. I'll post them tomorrow. Where do you think I should post them? I knew those weren't ready to post in the main forums but I just wanted to get them out there as an introduction.
Now, where's that grindstone?
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David,

Welcome to PiP.  I agree with all the posts that have been written in response to your introduction.  I also am somewhat in awe of your ability to see beyond words and to see the good in a person who could have hurt you.  I am looking forward to reading more of your thoughts - and am happy to see you among us.  

I don't like the word "retarded" - it can mean so many things.  I am short.  Does this mean that I have retarded growth?  Dunno.  It's not worth spending a lot of time thinking about either.  I think we all grow, mentally and physically, at different rates; and I don't think that we were given a place on this earth to judge others.  

I think you sound like a really nice person and I am glad that you found your way here.

Alison
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Thanks Allison, and good morning!

You and I know that words can hurt, especially if we choose.
Those very words, when said with Love, will help us find our way!
The words themselves are good nor bad, they're only ours to use.
To hold us up or bring us down, that's why I'm here today.
The words we choose and what we say, are all we ever own
and all we'll ever leave behind, when we must  go away.

little david
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18 posted 03-05-2008 11:57 AM       View Profile for littledavid   Email littledavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littledavid

Good Morning Grinch
I was just wondering if you are indeed an englishman?
Tell the truth.
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19 posted 03-05-2008 03:54 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch


Yes
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To You that would deny the truth, of Your  own immortal soul,
I ask You to consider this, from whence does the circle roll?
The circle still unbroken, the circle thats the Wheel,
Does the  falling of the dying moon, produce the warmth you feel?
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Immortal souls and wheels of life
A promise Iím not buying
Iíll try to live forever
But I know Iíll end up dying
And when I do my guess is that
The only thing thereíll be
Is six foot of unmoving earth
And worms to feed on me.

So does the moon give warmth to me?
You bet, just like each breath
The moon confirms Iím keeping
Just one step ahead of death.
That thought is warmer than the sun
A glow that keeps me smiling
Encouraging me to live forever
Or at the very least die trying.

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liar!
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.

ďThe Denial of DeathĒ

by Ernest Becker
(September 1924, Massachusetts -1974, Vancouver, British Columbia)


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I like everyone here.  No worries.

-Juju

-"So you found a girl
Who thinks really deep thougts
What's so amazing about really deep thoughts " Silent all these Years, Tori Amos

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