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Tolerance

The word
The idea
The wall that separates
Disguised in honorable robes
Preached to children
"Tolerance" 

Am I to be tolerated?
Just because I am different
White, black, brown or yellow
Straight or gay
Christian
A Jew 
Perhaps I am Muslim
I am painted with many brushes
A part of humanity's inconsistancies

When you tolerate 
You hold yourself in high esteem
Above 
Not beside
You grace me with your temporary favor
You disguise me with your perceptions
You make me a little less distasteful
For a moment
Perhaps a day
You feel proud for not looking away

I do not seek tolerance 
Like you I wish to be valued
Included
Understood
To be seen in loving ways
Maybe not today
Perhaps tomorrow
Labels Will disappear with all our sorrow
For me I am you
I am the many and the few
Waiting for my turn
Will this be my day
To be heard and have a say
For me
Tolerance
Is
Intolerable


For PD's Contest

Hi Linda
I don't know if it's my best but it is my most recent.
I have had a strong response to it and I think it is
an important message. Your popularity would have
more people read it and that is a very good thing.

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  1. Date: 7/6/2014 12:00:00 PM
    You sure managed to make your point here Richard, apart from the fact that you got a healthy discussion going on! Well done. [congrats on the viewership!] // paul

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/6/2014 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Paul, I appreciate you taking the time to read them both. I thoroughly enjoyed your poem Paul.
  1. Date: 6/9/2014 10:21:00 AM
    This is good Richard. I'm glad that I read it. To me being tolerated is not good enough, being accepted is better. Have you read my poem. Color Me. It is on page 3. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/9/2014 10:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    On my way, thanks for reading this one as well.
  1. Date: 1/11/2014 9:23:00 AM
    Ah yes Richard, a true lesson-of-life gem, delivered with style, wisdom and insight...This is a poem that all of us need to read again and again...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/11/2014 9:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tim, I am pleased that it resonated with you.
  1. Date: 1/11/2014 12:07:00 AM
    Enjoyed the write and congratulations on the win, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/11/2014 7:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr Ram
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 11:22:00 PM
    Congratulations Richard, ... If you'd like take a trip to my blog ----> http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=18527&PoetID=18720 <---- enjoy if you'd like... love Always & Forever <3 LINDA <3

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/11/2014 7:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for choosing my poem Linda.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:21:00 PM
    Amen and a couple of halleluyahs, brother. I often find I'm least tolerant when I'm having trouble tolerating myself. Insecurity, fear and "low self esteem" can often appear as arrogance or indifference of others. Often the one doing the most rubbin' needs the most lubbin' Ah, heck, you're a way better preacher than I am:-) Good words, well woven.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/10/2014 2:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow! I'm speechless, what a great comment. There is much truth in what you are saying, fear does tend to cloud our perceptions. We tend to fear those we do not understand.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 9:25:00 AM
    You're right, this is an important message. We are supposed to love each other and embrace our differences which make us each unique and beautiful. To feel you are only being tolerated is demeaning.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/10/2014 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    For me I find people who are different than my self are the most fun to be with. I love people who march to the beat of their own Acordian.
  1. Date: 1/8/2014 2:32:00 PM
    I love Linda as a good friend Richard, but you do not need her popularity for more people to read it. Your popularity is more than enough. Keep on writing them my friend.....Roger

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/8/2014 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Roger, you have made my day with all your uplifting comments.
  1. Date: 1/7/2014 7:13:00 PM
    Hey Richard.....awesome poem....like everyone else...you really opened my eyes about this word ...like jack...I'd never really stopped to think about it when I used it....and like Leo I believe acceptance is a good word or Joyce's word love to use in its place...nice job Richard...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/8/2014 2:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Both would be excellent. Thanks Donna you are a sweetheart, you always make me smile with you visits.
  1. Date: 1/7/2014 4:36:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your work..Differences sets us apart like two bird species...Looking out my window, I enjoy seeing the different species and their personalities but I've noticed that they mostly remain faithful to their species..We as humans are unique, one of a kind, and an awesome spiritual being recognized by God in our differences..Thanks for stopping by..I saw Bubble Lights this year in a catalogue which sales old or antique items..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/7/2014 7:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My parents used to have the largest collection of antique christmas ornaments in Canada. They wew collectors so that is how I got to see them. My step dad passed away a few years ago and most of them have now been sold. They also sold new mouth blown ornaments of which my mom has given us hundreds. I have enough for several trees. It makes Christmas special.
  1. Date: 1/7/2014 12:44:00 AM
    Excellent work, Richard. Yes tolerance has that awful slant I've always thought, and its brilliant that you chose to write about it.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/7/2014 7:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu, ;0)
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 7:42:00 PM
    Really a mind opener.There is something real flash of perception

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 7:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Syam
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 6:38:00 PM
    Wow! I confess I never thought of tolerance in this way, but I see that you are right. The implications, really, are negative. Thanks... Jack Added this to faves

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jack, I am honored.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 6:32:00 PM
    i well written write and in it's lines there is an honest truth how can the world get better if we don't let go of the intolerance and ignorance that sourrds us everyday i see it and hear it. i wish i could just silence it. cheri and thanks for the congrads on my win

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 6:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are most welcome, I appreciate you stopping by to visit.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 5:02:00 PM
    Well written Richard filled with wisdom, and truth. I enjoyed this one....peter

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Peter.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 3:56:00 PM
    a very sage write Rick tolerance is often not good as shown in your excellent poem Shadow x smile hug

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow. I'm pleased you like it.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 10:41:00 AM
    So much wisdom in your words.You warm my heart Richard. Re your questio.-I have only one baby girl one yr four months old..after ten yrs of marriage ..I feel blessed: )

    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop
    Date: 1/7/2014 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I had my baby girl age 35.. Marred age 25.. and my baby is one year four mnths old : )..Im an old mommy 37 in May B-)
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Blessed indeed, I am happy for you. Did you marry when you were 19?
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 9:49:00 AM
    You have given us a perceptive and valuable homily, one not easily nor popularly expressed...."tolerance" seems always to emphasize separateness, difference from the "norm", an attitude of "although you are not me and have different values, behaviors, morals, etc., I will put up with you"....much better indeed to emphasize ACCEPTANCE in a non-judgmental manner....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for adding to the perspective.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 8:09:00 AM
    So much harsh truth & wisdom here. Ultimate message here: "Do unto others"

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So true.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 7:14:00 AM
    This is a different intake on tolerance, one that requires great perspective in order to understand and write about, you are a thoughtful man, you're wisdom comes through in this pensive poem, I pray one day we all come to realize that we are all God's children, it's what's inside that counts, forgive the old cliche, but one so true, have a blessed day, Mr. Love, xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/6/2014 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are kind Rose, thanks for commenting.
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