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Golden Rules

As we ponder what is "right"
in the quiet of the night away
from the snarling snickering crowds
- modern day lynch mobs
wielding pitchforked tongues and
cocked and loaded bumpstock fingers
...our naked conscience shivers
       in cold reality.

Have we become alien bodysnatchers,
searching for the unbaptized -
those not invited to hell night 
where they are initiated into "sameness",
the pseudo enlightened pawns of perfection
who only serve their gilded idols.

An altar where individuality is sacrificed
in the quicksand of group think.
That is the biggest loss as we march
with the pods of perfection.
No "I'll think about it", no "Maybes",
no exuberance nor emotional tears
except for our own special people,
while the shredded unreadable fragments
of the Golden Rule lie scattered
          at our feet.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 2/14/2019 11:20:00 PM
You have given eloquent voice to what many must be feeling. I have used the term "group-think" a few times myself lately. This is a very rich, layered, and powerful piece. The first stanza just breaks my heart with its truth.-and yes, the Golden Rule would serve us well.
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Date: 2/13/2019 8:38:00 PM
a deep one, Craig. . I know people who feel deeply about this kind of thing as you do (if it is what I am thinking). My son and daughter are two of them.
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Date: 2/11/2019 3:48:00 AM
Hate and fear are the real enemies of humanity. You have written a very powerful piece here , Craig. Also...I want you to know your poetry contests above all...most often inspire me to write although I do not often enter and often write after much reflection. You sponsored a contest in Oct. which inspired me to to such depths that I finally put it to rest...I STAND HERE, which I have now posted. Thank you for the inspiration. Elaine
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Date: 2/10/2019 11:37:00 AM
reality has its so-called 'laws of dynamics'...these govern actuality as we see it, and yet the basic philosophical ideas of such are not taught in schools as they might/do conflict with western cultural traditions
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