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Why do I grieve

Corked poison upon treacherous lips
fire water for relationships
drowning souls short of breath
plunging darkness must mean death

sister dearest you loved me so
until uncle Joe caressed you low
enraged butterfly grew wicked horns
roses are protected by its thorns

labeled retarded, mad little boy
even Christmas stole all the joy
bare trees and crippled legs
necessary angles for welfare eggs

poverty shakes an ugly stick
while ignorance is applied too thick
battered syndrome is colorful too
black and blue for me and you

but a rainbow adorns the other side
of those who loved with foolish pride
smiling jesters laugh for naught
oblivious to common thought

education is life itself
hidden nick-knacks on a shelf
soulless wonders, society makes
spirited ones, Lucifer takes...

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  1. Date: 8/15/2011 3:30:00 PM
    Thought provoking write, my friend

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the PoetrySoup Site October Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Bob. May 2010 be the year you see your writing endeavors become reality. Love and blessings to you and yours always, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:53:00 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 2:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on moving to the next round with this great poem, Bob! Wishing you joy and happiness in the New Year, love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 11:20:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/12/2009 4:42:00 PM
    Poignant write here, Bob. Welcome to PoetrySoup and I hope you find writing as much of a catharsis as it has been for me ... excellent writing and a well-deserved feature this week here at the Soup! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 12/11/2009 11:43:00 PM
    This is an insightful piece and unfortunately, very true in many respects for me this season. Congrats on your poem being featured, as well. Shayna

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

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 3:03:00 AM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W. Nutter

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 4:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Bob. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 5:13:00 PM
    I can see you have had hard times, seen awful things (The verse above is excellent) but do not lend your energy to the negative distructive nature of people...lots of those things happened to me and many others..yet we try with all our hearts to be the good we want to see in others. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 4:46:00 PM
    Dear Bob, Congratulations on YOUR Featured POEM "Why do I grieve" Very vivid Imagery I agree with Carol Come on Back to the SOUP as a regular ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 12:57:00 PM
    Hi Bob, Congrats on your feature poem this week! Enjoyed. Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 12:11:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured >> James

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 11:40:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem! ***Danielle***

  1. Date: 7/21/2009 5:07:00 AM
    Bob, this is one of your best writings. Please come back to the Soup and share your poetry with us again. Hope all is well with you and yours. Love, Carol