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One Against Many

         One Against Many

Where a man has a principle,
                                and a bug in his head
Forms a view that no matter what,
                                           won’t go away
His heart will control 
                      every thought, every thread
He’ll not veer from his stand,
                                   by night nor by day

He will face up to those,
                             he believes to be wrong
He will speak from his corner
                                       and wave placards
Stand there his ground,
                             ever straight, ever strong
Opposing the tyrants,
                         their ways and their guards

When the furies are gathered
                                    to break like a storm
He will parry and fend
                           every threat that is thrown
His mind will not bend
                           by the weight of the scorn
But remember the giant
                            brought down by a stone

With no aim to destruct
                                    or words to impose
Just a flame in the darkness
                                   to shine there a light
Deep from the depths
                           where confusions shadows
May release, rise and soar
                                 newly imagined flight

When the voice fades away,
                              to deaths calling of time
The actions are measured,
                                   of those now set free
Who forged an alliance,
                                       stood there in line
To judge by the means,
                                              of hypocrisy

To the memory of Brian Haw


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  1. Date: 2/13/2015 12:13:00 AM

    gosh, this was your last poem?? where have you gone, Richard? Eileen has reposted her tribute to you which is on a current winners' list. Do come back!!! I know this poem says for Brian Haw, but I was thinking of MLK as I read this. Just saw Selma and this poem is so great to describe those kinds of brave individuals.
  1. Date: 1/18/2015 7:12:00 AM

    I still have cookies
  1. Date: 1/18/2015 7:10:00 AM

    Hi, wondering about you. Hope you enjoy this new year. ??
  1. Date: 1/16/2015 8:52:00 AM

    Hey Richard, it's a new year, I hope you consider coming back. We miss your humor!
  1. Date: 12/31/2014 2:18:00 AM

    this could also maybe be about the man of described in the movie I saw today: unbroken. Hey, kind sir,where have you gone?? Eileen reminded me of you today and has posted a poem about you and how she misses you. Hope you are ok. happy New Year to you.
  1. Date: 12/30/2014 9:28:00 PM

    I'm with Richard....Merry Christmas (the Armenian Christmas is on the 6th so...I can still say that) and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you every happiness. Mostly...I wish that you would come back to Poetry Soup. I miss you here.
  1. Date: 12/24/2014 10:15:00 AM

    Merry Christmas Richard.
  1. Date: 10/13/2014 10:43:00 PM

    Such valor and dedication in this piece. I especially love the reference to David and Goliath and defending what you believe to be right... no matter what. Not sure who Brian Haw was... but he sounds like a great guy. May he rest in peace...
  1. Date: 8/11/2014 8:46:00 AM

    Good morning Richard, you are missed my friend.
  1. Date: 7/27/2014 12:27:00 PM

    I miss you, Mr Seal. Wish you'd come back and post some more lovely poems..... Desert Orchid
  1. Date: 7/21/2014 4:56:00 PM

    Is this about the fellow who stood before a tank in China during the Tianeman demonstration? I find this to be moving work! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 6/9/2014 1:32:00 AM

    Pardon my ignorance, who is Brian Haw? How are you Rich, I havn't seen you about in a while.
  1. Date: 5/25/2014 6:40:00 PM

    Richard; I just stop by to see how you are doing. I hope you are in good health. Either way I will pray for you. When I'm alone with Jesus and nothing else is in view, I will gently drop into his heart a little prayer for you... Lucilla
  1. Date: 4/28/2014 11:38:00 PM

    Hi Richard; This is very interesting and also a great tribute. As I always say - we have to stand up for something, or we'll fall for anything. I'm still hanging on... Lucilla
  1. Date: 4/28/2014 6:31:00 AM

    This is a captivating write, Mr Seal. You seem quite taken with this topic. I do remember another anti-bullying write. I'm so sorry that you lost your friend. This is a lovely testament to him. My thoughts are with you.
  1. Date: 4/27/2014 12:07:00 PM

    Goodness, I am not familiar with Brian's story, but I'm guessing that perhaps he was assaulted by bullies???? I hope he lived to tell.... this is a very beautiful poem, Richard. Love and hugs, catie :)
  1. Date: 4/27/2014 11:32:00 AM