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  if we could write a scarlet letter
in a world where there is no shame
and place it on a hester prine
just to shame her name
could we find another letter
to represent the womans scorn
and place the letter on her breast
ever to be worn
what would make the woman suffer
the intended consequence
could a conscious spur a soul
into moral consciousness
could a letter change her fate
from being evil to becoming good
and with the added question
did it harm the neiborhood

are all women judged by letters
as harmfull as she
all women judged by letters
to recieve a guilty plea
and all women judged by letters
to wear this ugly blot
and never be free from the sin
that made the awful spot

hester had integrity and hester had a skill
neither man of god or judge of men
could break our hesters will
hester had determination 
and hester had her pride
she was not a rat 
and yet she never lied
throught the years friends turn into enemies
and foes become good friends
a letter became a decoration
and no longer a mark of shame
soon the world would learn the truth
and the truth can set you free
it's not about who they say you are
it's about who you'll be

when the world sends the letters
and they come to you as mail
don't ignore the letters
answer them very well
when the world sends you letters
through the whispers of friends
don't believe everything
said by so called friends
when the world sends you letters
judging your moral values
take a look at yourself and be honest
do you really have to?
and when the world sends you letters
about your lower class
i don't even have to tell ya, you know.

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  1. Date: 8/7/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Great dissertation on the Hester story. Congratulations on a fine poem and thank you for your comment on my "The Quartet'. I wrote this for a friend after she gave birth to her 4th son. I know m friend and her husband are proud and the boys are fast growing into fine young teenagers. My dad and mom had four sons before I came a long. I raised a trio one son two daughters. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 6:58:00 AM
    a brilliant introspective write luv.. I don't get letters much.. mostly web cams from my son in military.. no poisoned pen letters or chain ones.. stopped that long ago.. thankxx for sharing..

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 10:03:00 PM
    Glad I don't get letters after reading this. I'm crossed of the letter list and just get bills. Don't even know if I'm better off but then I don't send either except these I send to you guys on Soup. That's my cup of tea! :)

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 7:44:00 PM
    Such a positive message, especially for the younger writers. I copied the About This Poem into the comment section - I did not realize that not everyone could access the info.

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 12:07:00 PM
    tell them to kiss your a**,nice write don't let negative words keep you down,nice write Situation

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    Date: 7/23/2012 6:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You got it!
  1. Date: 7/15/2012 8:16:00 AM
    I just love the complexity of the second verse, right there one has to read with understanding to get where you are going with this. A talented write TS. One love. Joy Wells.

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 7:01:00 AM
    Really enjoyed this talented write, an excellent piece. Thank you for the comment on Childhood Scars.

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 6:53:00 AM
    Great poem with a super message! Terry (& thanks for your comments! Soup)

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 7:24:00 AM
    Just being a woman puts the women of the world in a lower class in a man's world..Enjoyed reading your very creative work this morn..Great story told in poetic form..Thanks for stopping by...Sara

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 11:09:00 AM
    the scarlet letter...I've had a few of those, normally I just bin them :-) yes I think I may have mentioned the big guy too, but don't tell anyone, I have my morally corrupt heathen reputation to uphold lol

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 6:42:00 AM
    Wow where did this week go? I am reading some amazing poetry this morning. It was a pleasure to read yours and I thank you for sharing it TS. Have a great weekend and I will be back Monday to read more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 9:03:00 PM
    Enjoyed your poetry tonight, well written and expressive with rhythm, V

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 8:50:00 PM
    well expressed and written! Lucinda