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

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Having settled into a firmament
of tarnished soil, 
your sprouted roots 
bring forth sullied growth.

What was blessed 
by the sun at birth, 
now hides
in deep shadows 
of the moon,
living half a life in darkness
creating the fear that 
comes from a wolf's howl.

C.A.K. 11-3-2012


We are born innocent,
but soon learn to distrust.
Racial prejudice, bigotry,antisemitism  
emboldens and excites ignorance
and soon hate becomes the bigot's
religion of choice. 

Copyright © Allan Koven

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Many of these I've crossed in my life; having multiple heritages, it was inevitable living in the deep south. But I grew, and I learned to stop letting them make me hate when I shouldn't. I would not be like them! Wonderful writing Allan Thank you for stopping by earlier :)

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 9:13:00 AM
    Super poem!... Terry

  1. Date: 10/30/2013 10:05:00 AM
    I LOVED the"wolfs howl" reference.

    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/30/2013 10:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In this world caution is often confused with bigotry. For obvious reasons.
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 6:32:00 AM
    Wonderful write! We are not born knowing how to hate, it is taught.

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 4:20:00 PM
    Bigotry is bigotry and too many attempt to justify it. It is a TAUGHT trait. Hatred is an acid. It will eventually destroy the vessel that holds it. I am certain our government fuels the fires of bigotry to keep the people from uniting and finding out just how corrupt it really is.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 10/1/2013 4:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    True, Our government like all others has its share of prejudiced people. We the people must employ the constitution and put into effect those words which states that all men are created equal. We are the caretakers of this great nation and must be vigilant to protect the freedoms we cherish.
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 1:01:00 AM
    profound poetry succinct and well crafted!

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 9/21/2013 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Andrea.
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:31:00 AM
    Living half a life in on the moon....I like your philosophical look at the cause of bigotry.

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 5:37:00 PM
    There are too many like this! Good work here! Peace & Blessings Mathew Anish

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 9/12/2013 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mathew, always great to hear from you. Thanks. Allan
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 5:30:00 PM
    We seldom talk about those issues and felt someone should at least mention what we all know about. Thanks for your comment.

  1. Date: 9/6/2013 10:55:00 PM
    I like that kind of writing Allan, it is so wonderful when someone tells it how it is. Well written, my friend.....Peter

  1. Date: 8/31/2013 7:54:00 PM
    Nice imageries on growth