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A Call to Action

Listen to poem:
from "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke:
"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go."

Queasy anxiety, a fearful edginess of dread,
an old and omnipresent sense of doom
taint the times that random opportunity affords
to slip convention's chains, to openly proclaim
a saner point of view, a logical rejection
of muddy, inane thinking, of tradition-bound
adherence to stupidity's insistent songs
that perpetuate a myriad of wrongs.
Let there be no turning back; face the fears, be the change --
for diversity, humanity, acceptance, brotherhood,
and love.  Explain, support, convince.  Break the silence:
come out, come out, whoever and wherever you may be!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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Date: 2/6/2012 2:38:00 PM
Hey! Down with those ancient Mayan predictions, arrived at over a pile of chicken bones. Love, daver
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Date: 2/5/2012 3:30:00 PM
Agree...let there be no turning back.... - oxox hugs Anne-Lise
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Date: 2/4/2012 3:28:00 PM
BE the change, that is the theme of this one. a great message in these political times. VEry well said.
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Date: 2/4/2012 3:18:00 PM
Change no matter what it is is dreadful. Nice poem Leo. I enjoyed reading it. Dalila
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Date: 2/4/2012 3:13:00 PM
Well said. If only we were all so brave. Thank you Larry for commenting on my poetry. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/31/2012 7:30:00 PM
Insightful, inspiring, excellent...Leo you're good no doubt no doubt.
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Date: 1/31/2012 1:49:00 PM
One has to face to ups and downs in life. A very nice expressed poem.I enjoyed reading it.God bless you.Erich
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Date: 1/31/2012 12:00:00 PM
Inspiring to say the least! "be the change" - love those three words! I try to live by that. thanks for sharing:)
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Date: 1/31/2012 11:40:00 AM
Hey thank you for your comment and thank you for posting your poetry as I am thoroughly enjoying basking in its elegance and inventiveness.
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Date: 1/29/2012 9:25:00 AM
I agree, Leo. Very insightful piece. Great job. Thanks for your comments. Best to you and yours. Ralph
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Date: 1/26/2012 2:36:00 PM
Leo, What an insightful, inspiring poem! I couldn't agree more. You present the challenge and offer some excellent paths to take to make our world a better place. A very impressive piece indeed. Thank you for your generous comments on my poem Blue.
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Date: 1/25/2012 12:58:00 PM
Insightful write, Leo. Loved it
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Date: 1/24/2012 12:07:00 PM
A call to action indeed. Wonderful write my dear friend and thanks for the comment on my poem...
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Date: 1/23/2012 5:23:00 PM
I especially like the lines starting "Let there be no turning back" to the end of the work..So many times we start a project to do good and get sidetracked..Enjoyed reading this eve..Your kind review of my work was uplifting..Sara
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