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by Roger Crique (Age: 60)
copyright 09-02-2005

Age Rating: 7 +

Oh, shameful actions they are
To alienate yourselves, in your little bubble
Porcelain sentiments, tarnished by a comment or two
Not accepting others with their flaws

There are rows and rows of goods, here
Like a supermarket, infinite items to pick
Yet your loyalty to brands is senseless
For you donít stray off the beaten path

You choose your daily items
And are comfortable praising the same
Iíve seen you before, but have never met you
Though you think you have expanded your horizons

I point my finger at you
For I have looked your way
But you have crossed the street
I know your name
And you know mine

I have extended my hand
But you look at it, as if Iím begging
You know the playing field is leveled
Donít look for soft spots on the field!

I have shown myself to you
But you pretended not to see me
We are all denizens in this pond
Fighting for a little bit of air
If you shall ever gasp
call on me and Iíll be there

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        07-19-2006     BJ Niktabe        

Okay, I guess I'm another guilty one. There have been many poems I've come across that, as Anthony states, are "...over my head...very complex." If I don't understand it, should I leave a comment stating that? I can do that, I don't have a problem with that. But what of the ones that I simply don't like, just because they don't appeal to my senses? I can comment on rhyme and meter, if they apply, and also on spelling and grammar, but I do I praise it if there is nothing wrong? I'm not sure of what is expected, or of what would be accepted. I don't want to hurt feelings by saying I don't like someone's work. But at the same time, I don't want to hurt anyone by not commenting on anything. Oh, I'm so confused!

        09-06-2005     Regina Pate        

It is not that I don't accept others flaws I am afraid they won't accept mine

It is normal to me

I only notice the same

finally my name yes!

begging no, but I couldn't believe you were talking to me. And I was looking for who else you might be talking to not soft spots.

I acted like I couldn't see you because I couldn't breathe. I didn't know what to do. I would be so embarrassed if you weren't and were just looking straight through me like all the ones before. There is a reason to my madness, but I accept you hand with gladness, so why all the sadness, We finally speak and then we meet and yes your there oh how sweet!

        09-04-2005     Paul Kangas        

This is a very interesting and well written poem. I really liked this and the title caught my eye. Great Write!!

        09-03-2005     Anthony Lane Stahlhut        

Can someone wash the target off my back? I will take this on to my shoulders for I comment on what I like and don't on what I don't. There is no attempt to shun anybody. I have said repeatedly that I am not fond of free verse and that is true.
James writes over my head at times and others here write poems that are very complex. I read them all and comment when I feel the urge( which is often) Just to put things in perspective...everyone does not comment on my work! Nor do I expect it. Anyway you were probably talking about That Micky d's dude and not me! LOL Its OK take your best shots, but remember I SHOOT BACK with words!

        09-03-2005     Sam Hackel-Butt        

I think the whole lack of commenting on certain authors is the complexity of some poems that certain people just don't want to sit and analyze (which is naughty,) and others are intimidated by either the level of the work and can't seem to find anything to say (sometimes this is good, though,) or it's the author that's intimidating for some weird reason! It's a shame, because they really don't know what they are missing out on! This is a great write, and does really speak to everyone here on PnP, and in other writing communities.

        09-03-2005     David Pekrul        

Sounds to me like someone just got a good scolding, and they know who they are. I hope it wasn't me. I really do like your work, Roger.

        09-02-2005     James Shammas        

This is interesting. A little cantankerous, with a touch of humor. I gather from the title, this is really directed to our "little family."


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