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we begged so long just to leave
giving into greed and theft
so we stayed and we hailed
to the last one left

everything was gone
the streets were almost quiet
so few of us remained
that had lasted through the riot

we sat and we waited
as the rain would start to pour
but we never understood
just what we were waiting for

we begged so long just to leave
giving into greed and theft
so we stayed and we hailed
to the last one left

we knew it all along
that he would bring us to the end
always hoping also knowing
that he had no hand to lend

as we watched the last one rise
and we fell upon our knees
we knew regrets were not regretted
and our prayers were never seen

we begged so long just to leave
giving into greed and theft
so we stayed and we hailed
to the last one left

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  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win here !! A great honor I'm sure to be one of the twenty...that surly says a lot, with all the poets who entered !!!! Awesome write !!! james

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:40:00 PM
    My congratulations on your win in the PS Intl. Poetry Contest!! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 11:47:00 PM
    Well-deserved poem to be published. Congratulations. Ernilando

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 8:19:00 AM
    Very skilled indeed. Congrats

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 9:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the October 2009 PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest H. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:25:00 AM
    congrats on the featured poem!! Good work!!

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 5:28:00 PM
    Thought provoking poem. Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Soup contest. Enjoy your success. Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 3:54:00 PM
    Dearest, Congratulations on getting through the First Round of the PoetrySoup October contest, this is an awesome poem, you are such a great poet... keep writing... Wishing YOU the best of Luck. Your poetry friend Adeleke

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 9:29:00 AM
    Congratulations, H. You have made it through the first round of judging for Poetrysoup October 13, 2009 poetry contest. Leader has interesting social implications... It is thought provoking... 2009 was a successful year of poetry for you. I come, now, wishing you continued success in your writing endeavors throughout 2010 and for many years to come. God be with you. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 10:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals H. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 10:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round and best wishes on advancing to the finals. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 8:23:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 9:34:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 11:42:00 AM
    Many congrats on your featured poem this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 2:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W. Nutter

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 4:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week H. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 12:27:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured >> James

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 11:57:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem! ***Danielle***