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Merciful Majesty—Make Misery End!

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Merciful Majesty—Make Misery End!

“…when power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence…” —John F. Kennedy
Medieval misery crushing citizens; Shackled: grueling, clanging, negativity Middle Passage past, plaguing, yet frightens; Intense insanity—gangs captivity! Draining dreams and desires from hearts—slashed: Ancestral destruction, devastating; Bones protruding from ribs, weakening—lashed; Sight yet sickening, distraught, disgusting! Will God speak in molding humanity? Will His divine grace cleanse such evil souls? Self posed dictators, fool’s insanity Greed in governing—crushing others’ souls! Where art thou, Master of the Universe? Hold not thy hands while the poor suffer worst! ~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~~ © Joseph, 10/1/08 © All Rights Reserved ~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~~ Semi finalist contestant 292 out of 887 submissions June 1, 2009 International Contest ~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~~ Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran. ~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~~

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  1. Date: 2/2/2011 7:07:00 PM

    I love your sonnets... they are so intricate! I did not know that you've been already published...

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 7:23:00 AM

    Mr. Spence,..congratulations on your first round entries,..always a pleasure !!!! james

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 6:05:00 AM

    Dear Joseph, Best wishes through to the next round. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 3:06:00 PM

    Congratulations on your 2 poems making it through the first round Joseph.Wishing you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 1:37:00 PM

    Joseph, Congratulations on making it through the first round of cuts with two of your great poems! Luck and love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:39:00 PM

    Joseph, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition >> James

  1. Date: 9/23/2009 3:54:00 PM

    Congratulations on your feature this week, Joseph! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/23/2009 6:55:00 AM

    I still find it hard to believe the cruely that man-hind is capable of inflicting. Great sonnet, dear Joseph.

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 7:50:00 PM

    Joseph, congrats on your feature this week...Raul

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 6:35:00 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week Joseph >>James

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 2:57:00 PM

    congrats big brother on this being featured imagery was heartstrung thanks for sharign you rock

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 7:20:00 AM

    Congrats on your poetry being featured this week… please keep writing… great you! Adeleke

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 3:28:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Joseph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 12:07:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature poem this week Joseph.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 8:48:00 AM

    * powerful

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 8:46:00 AM

    a wonderful sonnet with a pwerful call! great ~ Arany

  1. Date: 12/3/2008 2:30:00 AM

    Wow! so powerful with universal message. Great writing, Vince. lainie

  1. Date: 11/9/2008 12:32:00 PM

    This is fabulous, my new friend! I find Sonnets a hard form, and this is flawless! Love Christie

  1. Date: 11/8/2008 5:57:00 PM

    LOVED THIS JOSEPH!!! Excellent!! I totally agree!! To be honest, I'm not quite sure if Obama will make things better for the poor or not, but at least he gives my daughter hope in her future!! KEEP WRITING, WOOD!!

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 5:29:00 AM

    Went back to this one Joseph. My only real concern with our new president is the abortion issue. Otherwise he appears to be the right answer. Vince

  1. Date: 11/6/2008 9:56:00 AM

    Loved this. Read my "God Shrugs" for an answer! Keep writing, Love, Danielle

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  1. Date: 11/3/2008 2:19:00 PM

    A great poem, Joseph. Believe me He is there and He is not holding His hand. Only that we can't see. He quietly heals the wounds and wipes of the sufferings. He also wants the human beings not to plunder the rights of others which is the major cause of human sufferings. Thanks for your encouraging comments on my Haiku Disguise. -Mohammad

  1. Date: 10/31/2008 6:52:00 PM

    You were visiting Washington again, weren't you. Excellent write. The current state of humanity is inhuman. Vince

  1. Date: 10/31/2008 6:04:00 PM

    Wow!!! A great inspirational poem -superb imagery. A profound message. God is listening. Thanks also for your encouraging comments on my poem White Saree. -Fareeda.

  1. Date: 10/31/2008 11:01:00 AM

    a great write and well said. thank you for reading my poetry and for your comments

  1. Date: 10/29/2008 7:09:00 AM

    another great pen

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 7:59:00 PM

    Joseph this poem is very profound and I usually don't bite too deeply into political poems but this one was truly great - Our political leaders are so far removed from the common man that they believe that Joe the plumber and a $250,000.00 income represents the common man - Where I live it takes the common man a decade to earn that much money - The last line says it all Joseph - Nobody gives much thought to the old boy making 25000.00 a year and trying to feed his family on it - God Bless

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 6:37:00 PM

    What a beautiful poem - great imagery -great message. Your quote of John F Kennedy is so apt. Thanks for your praise of my poem White Saree. -Fareeda