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Broken People

I wish to be with the broken people
the get in your face challenge me people
The sometimes hidden
sitting in a dark corner kinda people
The don't you love me
I wish you seen me sorta people
People just being real people
not having to have it all together people
Them doing their best to figure it out people
dancing and singing without the smooth moves people

I don't care about the color of their skin
or what others think of as their sin
They don't need to be perfect to win
seeing and listening is where I'll begin
Beyond appearance of fat or thin
I only know what I know
I've never been where they've been.

We'll start 
with our broken smiles
It's the best we've got
It might seem like so little 
still I think it's a lot
Through life's struggles we've all fought
lessons needed learning
experienced not taught
real is real it couldn't be bought

So forget the fake people
the all about perfect hair and clothes people
The I live in the right neighborhood and drive the right car people
It's all about me, top of the hill people
They only hang out with the supremely cool people
those too important to talk to me people
thinking they're the best of the best kinda people
when all along they are merely Sheeple 
ba ba baaing, thinking they are strong instead of feeble

I love characters 
people who are unique
I look under exteriors to gain a peek
strength of lions disguised in meek
unconcearned with fab or being chic
Worth listening to if allowed to speak
the stories they tell will make your eyes leak

For in the end
we are all broken
stumbling and choking
Disguising hurt with our joking
victims of others and their poking
So look close maybe you'll see
eyes that aren't blank 
hearts that aren't empty
Who we think of as complicated
in the end might not be
They might push when others come close
yet they are affectionate times three
Each just a bit afraid and broken 
all the while wishing  
and wanting to be
A part of something
If only we choose to see
those on the fringes
are a part of the we
All we have to do 
is let them be!


For “The Crap Shoot Contest” sponsored by John Lawless. 

Roll me a Seven, papa needs a new pair of shoes!



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Date: 9/22/2019 3:50:00 PM
this was quite thought provoking. Oh boy, I see Line said the exact same thing!! I found five or six lines I wanted to use from this poignant poetry of yours. Let me take my questions to Soupmail because I won't see if you answer me under my comment. (I don't get notifications on replies)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
Me neither, I use to like when the soup sent them. I think it resulted in more conversations.
Date: 9/22/2019 3:44:00 PM
boy I had to track this down, Richard! Unless you put a link to it that I did not catch. Let me read this poem. It looks like it has garnered a LOT of attention and I am sure it must be one of your very favorite poems.
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Date: 9/21/2019 8:10:00 AM
Lots of great lines with thought-provoking imagery, Richard.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/21/2019 10:14:00 AM
Thanks my friend.
Date: 9/20/2019 1:29:00 PM
Well expressed, how true that in the end, we are all broken.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/20/2019 4:22:00 PM
Thanks DM, I hope you enter my contest.
Date: 9/20/2019 2:04:00 AM
Thanks for your words of wisdom well-expressed in this piece. Likewise, thanks for your "offered line" that I'll use to anchor my poem. God bless you.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/20/2019 7:44:00 AM
What a nice visit. I’m pleased you are entering my contest. Blessings to you as well.
Date: 9/17/2019 9:50:00 PM
This is a wonderful writing and I enjoyed reading it. Very thoughtful and thought provoking indeed. God bless you
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/18/2019 12:04:00 PM
Blessings to you as well Regina.
Date: 9/17/2019 1:41:00 PM
This was an enjoyable read. Inspiring.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/18/2019 12:04:00 PM
Thanks Juliet. I hope you enter my contest.
Date: 9/14/2019 8:37:00 AM
Well written and moving Richard! I like this a lot!....pat
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/14/2019 9:31:00 AM
Thanks again Pat.
Date: 9/6/2019 6:39:00 PM
Well, now you have made me cry. This is beautifully stated............. :')
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Date: 9/11/2019 10:19:00 AM
I should have added that I saved this as a fave ~
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Hello There
Date: 9/6/2019 11:20:00 PM
Yes, you may ~ check SOUP mail.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/6/2019 9:44:00 PM
Thanks, may I ask your name?
Date: 8/9/2019 5:55:00 PM
A wise friend of mine often says (to any open soul), "You are profoundly broken, but you are not unusually broken." Thank you for addressing this so well.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 8/9/2019 6:34:00 PM
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Date: 7/19/2019 6:13:00 PM
Excellent poem my friend. The greatest compliment I can pay another person is 'Well. You certainly are a character.' I love people who are different than me. Have a great day.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 8/9/2019 6:35:00 PM
Thanks David, sorry for late response. In that case you must like all people. That’s a good thing.
Date: 7/15/2019 10:28:00 AM
I love broken people. They have lived. The others are just going through life. Wonderful write. Ann
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/15/2019 10:40:00 AM
Thanks again Ann.
Date: 7/15/2019 12:21:00 AM
Excellent write. We are all somewhat broken at times. Ann
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/15/2019 9:13:00 AM
That is true Ann. Thanks for stopping by.
Date: 7/14/2019 10:52:00 AM
Richard, How strange and wonderful to read this poem while John Lennon is singing 'Imagine'. This poem continues to strike a chord in hearts and minds the world over, including mine. I wish I could've been there to see the early creation like Bev Smith.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/15/2019 9:14:00 AM
Great comment, thanks!
Date: 7/7/2019 5:19:00 AM
Love it! Sums up modern life perfectly.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 7/7/2019 2:15:00 PM
Thanks Stephen.
Date: 6/6/2019 3:24:00 PM
Richard, This is magnificant-in the flow and the message-Hurrah for the broken! Terri
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/7/2019 10:19:00 AM
Thanks Terri, I appreciate your thoughtful comment.
Date: 5/12/2019 9:26:00 AM
AH!!! MY PEOPLE......Great job Richard. An easy, soft flowing, read....with many hyphenated pauses to reflect...Thanks for entering the contest.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/12/2019 9:54:00 AM
Thanks John. Much appreciated.
Date: 5/12/2019 1:11:00 AM
I love this. Not only do I absolutely applaud the sentiment, I admire the way you’ve styled it. This free rhyming style is so effective when well done and it’s something I’m working on. This is going on my faves list!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/12/2019 7:41:00 AM
Hi Nina, thanks for such a thoughtful comment.
Date: 5/11/2019 4:55:00 PM
Aha! I remember reading this brilliant poem when you used it as an example for a contest you sponsored! Glad to read it again, Richard:-) Congratulations on your silver-winning write!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/11/2019 5:07:00 PM
Thanks Edward, much appreciated.
Date: 5/11/2019 4:20:00 PM
CONGRATUATIONS on your well-deserved win, Richard! What a GREAT poem! Janice
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/11/2019 4:24:00 PM
Thanks Janice, I am pleased you enjoyed it.
Date: 5/11/2019 2:49:00 PM
I remember this beaut. Congratulations on your win Richard! xomo
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Date: 4/23/2019 12:11:00 AM
Congrats on. Being in the best! Panagiota
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/23/2019 8:00:00 AM
Thanks Panagiota.
Date: 4/11/2019 9:06:00 AM
A beautiful dedication Richard. Nicely done.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/12/2019 4:12:00 PM
Thanks P.M.
Date: 4/10/2019 10:27:00 PM
A FAVE, Richard. Very touching.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/11/2019 8:02:00 AM
Thanks, much appreciated.
Date: 4/10/2019 6:31:00 PM
Richard, What a very moving and heartfelt poem you penned, love it!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/11/2019 8:03:00 AM
Thanks Tania.
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