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Stand or Fall

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Stand or Fall


I will stand with mighty pen in hand, the pen like a sharp sword drawn, waiting to pierce calloused shell, inadequate armor of the soulless... a crimson tide washes up on snow white sands, flowing on a blank page as normal melds with the strange, my truth, your truth, many truths in a world of lies. Do not despise what you do not understand. We each have our own voice... Rise, stand with your sword drawn! Even when the cold breath of censorship breathes down your neck, chilling the bone, watching, tainting the well, stand alone! I will stand and fight for my love. I will kiss every word with tender lips. I will caress the lines and spaces, all have found a home, reaching for stars, united, preserved for time - yours and mine. Indifference is a malignancy, insidious and destructive. Our mute voices may one day cry out in vain - too late... Censors be damned! All who slash with red pen, all who write with invisible ink, all who destroy behind the walls of their decency - they are the cowards who choose to condemn. Here and now, take a stand! Next, your words will fall prey to the thief - skulking, stalking, attacking, stealing - in the dead of night, taking all you cherish. May our words live to tell. May we never hide. To stand or fall? Make a choice, decide! Written for the Stand Contest on September 12, 2012

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  1. Date: 9/27/2012 8:51:00 AM

    An assemblage of lovely phrases making up a powerful write, like it so much,Rhonda! Jag

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:05:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Rhonda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 5:38:00 AM

    Awesome! So much said and so well! Deserves its win! Kudos to you, pal! Exactly, never hide! Hey, chum, sent you Email! Loooooooooooooong. LOL. If you need longer than Fri, let me know. I can blog a "we're workin' on it" note, Okay? No rush! We are back to only one wake up a night. Hopefully, come Friday, back to mostly sleep throughs...but even just the one wake up is (lol) merciful to all of us. Hugs Cyndi. PS, I too am wrapped around a little finger, mostly. Pleeeeeeeeeeease Mommy, 4 candies?

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:31:00 PM

    I remember this one, so masterful it is. Congrats on your well deserved win, Rhonda.

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 6:30:00 PM

    Wow a new you! Wonderful I loved the surprise I would have never guessed you wrote this!! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:40:00 AM

    Nice write Jay Johnson

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:10:00 AM

    Hi Rhonda yes truly brill, i agre more of us should stand up and be counted, good luck in the contest, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 11:41:00 PM

    Truth will pierce the "inadequate armor of the soulless..." and you make a great stand for telling our truths fearlessly. Well written and thought provoking piece. Chuck

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 9:38:00 AM

    Powerfull expressions used to bring your message across Rhonda.. I am wishing you all the best for the contest ;) hope your Sunday is a blessed one, love Wilma

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 5:12:00 PM

    Winner for sure...Good luck in the contest..Great topic that you have chosen on which to write your entry..We all need to have a voice about something and be passionate about that...Thanks for stopping by my work..Sara

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 11:34:00 PM

    a vibrant expression of the power of the written word Rhonda .. always so amazing and interesting to read your lovely lines luv ..

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 9:50:00 PM

    VEry powerful writing from you. I like this a lot!! Some other poet here wrote one with a similar intensity for the Stand contest and yours reminds me of theirs in its tone. Now I can't think who it was. anyway, yours and that person's poem will surely score high in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 6:06:00 AM

    Wow so powerfull Rhonda, so intense so truly wonderful........

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 10:35:00 AM

    Wow, you sure made a stand when you wrote this poem. This poem gets right to the point and extremely powerful Rhonda. This should do very well in the contest. Hugs with luv, Gail

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 8:33:00 AM

    I choose to stand, and stand I will my friend! I enjoy my writing too much to fall prey to the thief of the night, to take my words and hide them! I want to say what I want and not fall, I will stand with my mighty sword, my pen, my life! This is a beautiful write Rhonda, I really enjoyed the incredible nature of this poem! What a fantastic piece, Great Work!!