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Below is the poem entitled shame which was written by poet Tom Larrow. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Why do people look at me
as if, I'm fruit from a poisonous tree

I'm not strange and wouldn't hurt a flea
yet they act, as if they see a killer bee

Avoiding eye contact, then running off
I'm brand new and not feed from a trough 

I'm not beautiful, just a piece of fine art
take a look, you'll see, what sets me apart

I may look big but, I'm an average weight
When you pick me up, your fear will abate

You can hold me with your hand, to investigate
If you want to learn the truth, don't speculate

People segregate, perpetuate or regulate fear 
Please let me educate you, about my sear

Put my butt, on your shoulder, and hold it there
As you learn, practice safety and always beware

I'm strong and powerful and benefit all mankind
Vision and sanity required, I can't read man's mind

I'm a new semi-automatic weapon with many a name
Man made, blame his greed, insanity for the shame

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  1. Date: 5/8/2015 3:54:00 PM
    Hello Tom, you put the thinking on us with this subject..' Its hard to quantify what is 'best' or 'bad' about the use of guns, I often think the problem is that the world is vastly more populated than when firearms were used to 'kill' for sustenance..' daily;there was a different attitude with people then, I think it was more matter of fact towards 'guns' which would be a better thing..'

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 6:49:00 PM
    Nicely done. I saw patriotic and thought there would be someting interesting, but I'm slow on the uptake until I got to the last stanza. My own state is an embarrassment with 'control'.