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Why Remind Columbine?

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Why Remind Columbine?

Happy Anniversary?  
Annual "remembrance" and contemplation...
Why the highlights of these low times?
Absent minded ,heartless hate crimes
  debased insane lost children wielding weapons
 
Lets spike the ratings...point lenses at this loss
cover the whole like bitter unfeeling frost
Compassionate~~ is how they come across..
yet the exposure compounds the occurrences
amplifies minor disturbances 
Attention turns inward angst to outer turbulence

Focus on outside stimuli, asking why?
Creating worlds of total shallow souls that buy
training minds to not see beyond those lines
 making name-brand zombies quick to ostracize
  those not fitting these molds you made
  those not finding a square role to play
     not conforming
               then transforming, morphing 
                   struggling deflection defeats never absorbing

But what of the war fought at home?
Parents loathing life leaving children alone
  human nature is part inherent/ part learned
  priorities made the tide turn, not teaching made the sky burn...
       Do you believe life's value has diminished in the eyes of children
           or they have no perception of what we haven't taught them???
          
   


  

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  1. Date: 5/14/2009 3:38:00 PM
    Thought provoking write...conrats on your fine win. BG

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 10:39:00 AM
    Dear Steve,Congratulations on YOUR well Deserved Win in Deborah's Contest Powerful last line ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 10:21:00 AM
    WICKED WIN!! Congratulations on placing Danielle's contest. Love, Dane

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 6:03:00 AM
    Congratulations on placing in the contest. An excellent write on a truly wicked act. Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 6:49:00 PM
    Steve, congrats with your placement in the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 5:12:00 PM
    Congratulation on placing in Deborah's Contest. Brilliant write, my friend. Excellent poem. Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 4:40:00 PM
    This poem was so power-packed with my own sentiments...Excellent job here, and well deserving to be honored in this contest!! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 4:12:00 PM
    YAY STEVE!!! Congratulations on your win in Debbie's contest! Way to go and well deserved! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/2/2009 10:43:00 AM
    Hi Steve... Impressive writing my friend.. love the line.."training minds to not see beyond those lines making name-brand zombies quick to ostracize".. "Do you believe life's value has diminished in the eyes of children or they have no perception of what we haven't taught them???" ... master stroke... there is only one culprit in the demise "capitalism" ... great poem Steve !

  1. Date: 4/24/2009 7:51:00 AM
    Some sh.t makes me angry ... the hypocrisy inthe culture of death about the pattern of death deliberately bred and created for stupid selfish reasons of hedonistic pleasures, then its consequence and tragedy packaged and sold as news, commercializing grief ... the same as laughing shamelessly at the death thing. Great write, one love and peace.

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 1:55:00 PM
    Whatever happened to the good old family? It was sold out for convenience, things, and free time. And the children sufffer most...not knowing...just as you have said. This poem is very significant. How do we fix things? Maybe awareness- Maybe the economy will.... Always, Dane

  1. Date: 4/21/2009 4:24:00 PM
    The anniversary observations of the Columbine shootings must renew the wounds inflicted on the students' families. I'd like to think the news coverage is an effort to prevent future occurrences like this, but I fear you are right about "spiking the ratings." Such a tragedy. Excellent writing, Steve. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 12:54:00 PM
    some Master poet should enter this into Something Wicked This Way Comes...for if this is not a clear indication of wickedness what is? LIGHT & Love

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 12:28:00 PM
    Well, you hold the answer right in your last paragraph, and the very last line is wow. Cynical write, as it should be, holding sad truths. Pretty depressing alright, the whole thing. Your writing though, another story. Always outstanding. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 8:27:00 AM
    I though the same thing when I heard about this anniversary nonsense..who wants a reminder of this nonsencial episode..who wants to relie the horror of those who died that day...anything for ratings..well written brother.