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A Shattered Peace

A Shattered Peace (as a privileged white man searches his soul) A shot rang out that gave a fright and shattered peace in dark of night. For just a while I gave a pause then ventured out to seek the cause. I saw a shadow in the dark as I approached the city park; the cop stood tall and at his feet a young black man lay in the street. "He tried to run," the sheriff said; reported crimes from which he fled. (‘twas later found upon research, the man was heading home from church.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I noted it to be dark red, the pool of blood beneath his head; a shocking moment to define, it’s color was the same as mine. Are we that different, he and I, this inbred guilt which you imply? For which he died, his only sin ‘twas darkened pigment of his skin. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How many times must this repeat these black men dying in the street? How many times must this repeat these senseless shootings indiscrete? How many times must this repeat until our bias we defeat? ‘tis in our soul the answers lie, and in the hearts of you and I. June 21, 2020

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Date: 7/1/2020 12:10:00 PM
i hear what you say, and we know it is true....there is nothing but Love between me and you....and though our skin may not share lhe same color....i still see your humanity, you are my brother....powerful write john....
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/1/2020 12:21:00 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments, Eric, I'm just speaking what is in my heart. Take good care my brother. John
Date: 6/29/2020 1:32:00 PM
Real strong write John, spoken with compassion and firmness. Have a blessed day,Gordon
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/29/2020 3:04:00 PM
Thank you so much for your comments and visit, Gordon, I appreciate it. John
Date: 6/27/2020 5:14:00 PM
Your wonderful words of compassion brought me to tears John. I couldn’t agree more. Your repetition in the last stanza is totally called for and helps to make an even greater impact in this powerful piece! I am saving this beautiful poem to my favorites. This is really POTD material my friend! Blessings xxoo
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/27/2020 6:36:00 PM
Thank you, Connie, it’s always humbling for me to know my words have had such an impact on the reader, I appreciate it so much. thank you for adding this to your favorites. Hugs, John
Date: 6/27/2020 12:08:00 PM
What a powerful and heartfelt poetic message, John! I have chills. The circumstances are different, but your words bring to mind the case of Corey L. Jones in Palm Beach County. Thankfully, the officer that murdered him was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years. Thanks for sharing...a fave. Blessings, Rhonda
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/27/2020 1:40:00 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and comments, Rhonda. It is time we all search what is in our hearts and speak out for what is right. thank you for saving this to your favorites. Hugs, John
Date: 6/26/2020 5:58:00 AM
This is a powerful message that needs to be heard. Your thoughts are a soothing touch to those raging wounds. God bless you. Keep writing and inspiring John :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/26/2020 8:01:00 AM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments, Aditi, I appreciate you. Many blessings to you. John
Date: 6/25/2020 7:16:00 PM
Great PoemJohn. Could not have been expressed better. Shameful situation. Take care ....Shirley
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/25/2020 7:48:00 PM
Thank you so much, Shirley, I appreciate you. John
Date: 6/25/2020 7:24:00 AM
Hello John. Your thoughts in this wonderfully rhymed poem should echo in the hearts of everyone. It's a message worth reading and remembering.
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/25/2020 8:18:00 AM
Hi Jenna, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and comments. It is time we all should reflect on what is in our hearts. Welcome to PS, I look forward to reading more of your poetry. John
Date: 6/24/2020 1:43:00 PM
Tugs at the heartstrings, my friend... :) Gershon
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/24/2020 2:48:00 PM
Thanks, Gershon...
Date: 6/22/2020 5:58:00 PM
A fantastic, beautifully written poem, John:-) I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/22/2020 7:11:00 PM
Thank you for the kind words, Edward, I’m glad you enjoyed it. John
Date: 6/22/2020 4:55:00 PM
The battle is won one inch of ground at a time. Retreat is not an option, nor is stagnation. We all must search our hearts and find a way to increase our compassion and pursue equality. Thank you for your powerful words, John
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/22/2020 6:51:00 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments, John. I agree we must all search our hearts and find a way. Stay safe, John
Date: 6/22/2020 2:19:00 PM
Wow John - this poem is amazing and I agree with you and see your point to the enth degree. The changes required need to happen now, discussions after discussions don't work anymore we need reform now or society will deform! Blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/22/2020 4:01:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments, Jenn. The changes must come from within our hearts, the problem is so many people still have hatred within, for what reason I don't know. Stay safe my friend. Hugs, John
Date: 6/22/2020 1:23:00 AM
Hello John … your poem is so well written and a pleasure to read. The rhyming is great, and the topic is one that needs an answer and very quickly - thank you John - Lindsay
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/22/2020 4:50:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments, Lindsay, I appreciate it. John
Date: 6/21/2020 8:04:00 PM
Blood is the same color, no matter what. All I can say is- I am not the Judge, and I am so thankful for that. Each and every individual will answer for their own actions. Your thoughts tug at my heart, so deeply. ~ Brandy
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/21/2020 10:04:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments, Brandy, you are appreciated. Hugs, John
Date: 6/21/2020 2:33:00 PM
You tell it like it is John, I often hear of cases like this, until we rid our world of racism, corruption, greed and hatred then things won't change, but if we all play our part it's a start in the right direction. Tom
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/21/2020 8:57:00 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments, Tom, I appreciate it. John
Date: 6/21/2020 1:49:00 PM
Hello John Gondolf, I think that everyone should get along without the violence happening. We all have the same color blood. Warm hugs Darlene
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 6/22/2020 1:51:00 PM
Hello john, you are so welcome hugs Darlene
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/21/2020 8:17:00 PM
Hi Darlene, thank you for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it. Hugs, John
Date: 6/21/2020 8:12:00 AM
A wonderful piece...Enjoyed it
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/21/2020 8:22:00 AM
Thank you, Arturo, I appreciate your comments. John