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IF I DIDNT THINK WHAT I THINK, HERES WHAT ID THINK

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IF I DIDNT THINK WHAT I THINK, HERES WHAT ID THINK

IF  I  DIDN’T THINK WHAT I THINK,  HERE’S  WHAT  I’D  THINK 



In general I think the world is not ideal  -
It’s full of loser guys who shiftlessly lounge about
Drinking beer and smoking and watching women work.
If it’s not  loafers wearing  loafers or gutless beer-guts,
Then it’s the state of inequality which is rampant everywhere:
Three rich fat cats and a hundred thousand skinny kittens;
Three whites managing and a million browns  toiling;
Three armed thugs in uniform holding back unfree crowds;
Is it just me,   or can others see this topsy-turvy world?
If I didn’t think what I think, here’s what I’d think.. . . 

That the world is a lovely place exactly the way God intended it;
That I should be in church daily, thankful for all the blessings;
That I should be glad that it’s them and not me;
That my brain is working perfectly and my eyes are seeing;
That there is very little which can be done to alter the inequality;
That I should shut up and go home and open another suds  -

. . . But I’d be wrong.



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Written for, and entered in,   Nancy Jones’s  Contest 
“ If I didn't think what I think, here's what I'd think.”


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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 2:16:00 PM
    you have a mastery of words and thoughts and the ability to put it on paper. a memory of what sounds good and to mimic that is in your favor.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 1:48:00 AM
    Your poem makes me so happy not to include my spouse in the beer drinking bunch...he leans toward the workaholic. . . . In a perfect world, there but for the grace etc. Quite some entry for the contest, I am sure will do well.

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 8:25:00 AM
    A side that I didn't think existed. Was once thought ignored rather than ignorant without a care. Glad I read it.

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 9:51:00 AM
    wow Syd....the truth sure ain't pretty and dern it won't even stay cosistant! Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 12:10:00 PM
    well done! all the best