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Degradation

“A trail of human misery and degradation” Derives from a mid-16th century text from Old French Illustrated best by the Inquisition and the Holocaust But it conjures up a long history of human stench While the odor lingers in slavery and segregation, Reappearing, as I write, in modern gender deprivation. See “The Last Days,” which does so clearly reveal The merciless Nazi death camps as recent as 1945 With horror scenes of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen Where thousands of abused prisoners were barely alive When Russians and Allied troops liberated them Showing depravity’s ability to sustain mayhem. Degradation, man’s inhumanity to man, must be stated As young girls and women are sold into sexual slavery With no regard for the soul residing in their bodies Forced to participate in the most unholy and unsavory I believe the appetite for debauchery is never sated Degradation of human beings continues unabated. I weep, thinking about our blighted history of barbarism, In America elderly Puritan woman were hanged as witches In Africa where slaves were stolen away from their tribes In Germany where little children were thrown into ditches At times the world has slithered into abject bestialism Degradation toward our fellowman is a bulging aneurism.
SECOND PLACE WINNER written September 9, 2021 especially for "This or That, Vol 7" Poetry Contest sponsored by Edward Ibeh

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Date: 10/10/2021 4:30:00 PM
You said it well, Milton. And what is becoming of us now! "Degradation of human beings continues unabated..." Your poem is a wonderful write of how awful man can become. Congratulations on your win!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/10/2021 6:20:00 PM
Thank you so much for your wonderful, thoughtful comment, Ann.
Date: 10/9/2021 10:20:00 PM
"Degradation, man’s inhumanity to man" - Well said. Great writing. Congratulations!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/10/2021 9:33:00 AM
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment on my poem, Christuraj.
Date: 10/9/2021 12:29:00 PM
Such an historic win. Congratulations.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/9/2021 12:57:00 PM
Thank you so much, Adam, for your thoughts.
Date: 10/9/2021 11:52:00 AM
Congratulations Milton! Your submission grabs the heart of historical degradation. I often learn much from reading your work and this is no exception. Be well. Brian
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/9/2021 11:56:00 AM
Thank you so much, Brian. Your kind and thoughtful comment was truly rewarding for me.
Date: 10/9/2021 10:09:00 AM
Milt, you have done an excellent job and deserve to be congratulated on your contest victory with your inspiring poem.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/9/2021 10:14:00 AM
Thank you so much, Lasaad. If we do not remember our history, we are apt to repeat it...and that would be tragic!
Date: 10/9/2021 9:46:00 AM
Congratulations on your placement, Milt. Men are guilty of degradation against each other and our planet.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/9/2021 10:15:00 AM
Thanks so much, Jenna, for your thoughtful and kind comment. Yes, we are, unfortunately.
Date: 10/9/2021 8:56:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in my contest with this tragic yet powerful poem, Milt:-) Peace and love.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 10/9/2021 9:34:00 AM
Thank you so much, Edward. I am glad my poem was well-received. It is a message that needs to be gotten out frequently. Thanks, again.
Date: 9/10/2021 6:14:00 AM
So much proof of human hurting and unkindnesses toward other humans "Degradation, man’s inhumanity to man, must be stated As young girls and women are sold into sexual slavery" You won this contest as far as I can see.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/10/2021 8:58:00 AM
I suppose we'll see, Caren. I spent a lot of time on it because I thought the message was very important to get out there. Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement.
Date: 9/9/2021 6:33:00 PM
A winner for me, Milt. Humanity.... I don't see much that is humane in the media etc now and in the past as your very explicit rhyme states. When will we learn?
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 6:56:00 PM
Shirley, I'm not sure we ever will, but I do have hope. I must live with hope. Thanks so much, Shirley.
Date: 9/9/2021 4:23:00 PM
You are right, and it's every century -- no exceptions. What goes on with the slave trade today in Africa, with prostitution in so many big cities of the world, with Radical Islam's grisly decapitations, on and on an on --- and let's not forget our horrific incarceration of loyal Japanese citizens during WW2. What a horrible mess that was!... At any rate, great reminder, my friend. :) gw
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 7:02:00 PM
Thanks, gw. Glad to read your fine, insightful and thoughtful comment. Yes, I did not forget the "incarceration of loyal Japanese citizens" but I just could get it to work into the poem. Perhaps somewhere around "stench!"
Date: 9/9/2021 1:05:00 PM
This is a powerful verse Milton, highlighting man's inhumanity to man, all through time we hear of atrocities that beggars belief. Some carry them out in the name of religion, I'd love to know what God they believe in that would condone such actions. Even today women flogged and beaten some even killed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have a twisted ideology. Tom
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 1:25:00 PM
Thank you so much, Tom. I worked diligently on this poem to make it accurate and to highlight the horrible things that have been done to humans over hundreds of years. I appreciate your comment and your thoughts.
Date: 9/9/2021 12:24:00 PM
Milton you are so right, it's a nasty world we live in, it always has been, the best we can do is continue with democracy, it's far from perfect, but it offers a better chance than any other system of government, As long as the US stays strong the rest of the free world will too, excellent poem written with just the right amount of sentiment, cheers David
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 12:28:00 PM
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, David. I really appreciate it.
Date: 9/9/2021 12:06:00 PM
This is so sad and such a wonderful poem... so much in so few words. Heartfelt and heart wrenching, a combination of pain and grief, so so sad... God bless you always, friend. Love, Gina
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 12:29:00 PM
Thank you, Regina. Yes, indeed. I appreciate your thoughts and your comment on this poem I wrote for Edward Ibeh's contest.
Date: 9/9/2021 11:10:00 AM
Milton, you've written a breath-taking poem; your symbolism and wording are flawless, and you portray your views with astounding eloquence. Your last verse says it all: blessings and kindest wishes for a win. Degradation toward our fellowman is a bulging aneurism.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/9/2021 12:29:00 PM
Lasaad, thank you so much for your thoughtful and encouraging comments. I really appreciate you.