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Mankind's Greatest Mystery (inspired by Chris Higgins)

If 2012 prophesies prove true And Earth’s life cycles again renew Mysteries of man will be more than a few Challenges may await future life forms With intellects far surpassing our norm Created to live without doing harm For if they decipher man’s history What will they make of our great mystery The one we refer to as bigotry Black labs, gold retrievers live side by side Wild stallions and mustangs on prairies ride Both red ants and black, free to colonize Man’s refusal to accept differences To wiser beings may make no sense What in man’s makeup can give it credence? Earth’s subsequent creatures may reproduce Not needing two sexes to call a truce So mating rituals may be pursued A single-sex species might not comprehend Why women workers were paid less than men And why “free speech” was not just a given Questions would most certainly arise How a believer in God denies Rights to free worship without compromise And how could so many wars be waged Evoking God’s name in death-march crusades With killing, torturing in every age Indeed such mysteries in man’s history Would leave a perplexing legacy Sure to confound any new species New cultures may thrive on diversity Of religion and genealogy And speak of our inferiority Note: This is dedicated to Christopher Higgins whose poems about prejudice inspire readers to do more than just think about one of the greatest ills in our society.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 8/8/2013 7:27:00 PM
Yes....beautiful Carolyn....Chris was one who encouraged me early on...jimbo
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Date: 4/15/2011 7:28:00 AM
Thought I'd read some of your old stuff, as I've read all your recent work, of course - lovely poem, Carolyn. I must confess, I don't know Christopher Higgins. Over here, we have a Christopher Biggins - but he's famous for playing panto dames. No connection, I'm sure LOL
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Date: 3/30/2011 4:40:00 PM
Really really enjoyed this poem, Carolyn...indeed what would a world without bigotry look like? Is there anything to this 2012 prophecy...? You cover a lot in this! Thanks for your comments on my stars poem (cannot remember the name of it just now -- you'd think I'd remember names of my poems LOL)...I do remember why it was written: missing the bazillions of stars so clearly seen in the country...they aren't seen in the city much...too many lights! love Carol
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Date: 12/16/2010 9:11:00 PM
Carolyn, I came way back in the archives to find something to respond to and I found this really good peom of yours. I see it got 107 comments. Was it some kind of winner in a special contest at Soup? wEll, I am glad I TRICKED you with my Kia poem. I love doing that to people. LUv, Andrea PS Kia is just so dang Ordinary!!
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Date: 11/9/2010 4:14:00 AM
You would think from history people would learn yet we still see prejudice all over our wold and yes " speaks of human inferiority" wonderful poem, was it for the 2012 contest that never got judged or another contest, anyways whichever, it is a winner to me and thanks for commenting on my poetry ~~
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Date: 7/29/2010 9:18:00 AM
Man is a multifaceted creature with sometimes brilliant sparkles, and sometimes archaic ones, but his true nature lies in his heart. And right now he's suffering from high blood pressure and angina! I imagine we will take our place among the Mayans and the Egyptians one day as a matter of course. Thought provoking verse Carolyn.
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Date: 3/23/2010 9:34:00 AM
This was awesome, Carolyn. Absolutely engrossing.
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Date: 2/26/2010 11:42:00 PM
I am enjoying reading your work tonight. Thank you for all your wisdom. Ellen
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Date: 1/15/2010 4:24:00 PM
Excellent write & message! Go girl! Light & Love
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Date: 12/3/2009 7:48:00 AM
yes all true...now inspire us with the joy of diversity :) Light & Love
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Date: 9/29/2009 12:05:00 PM
Chris is a great inspiration, Congrats on making it with you work...Raul
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Date: 9/25/2009 11:41:00 PM
Hi, Carolyn! Congratulations on your first round win! Your poem vibrates with so many human emotions that Mankind tries to surpress, and make universal love an impossible dream. But there are those who rebel and compromise, and fight to right what society cannot accept. These ills devide and cause much hurt. Only loving people who believe in fairness and justice can bring changes that will benefit us all. May God bless you always. Love, Andrew.
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Date: 9/25/2009 6:54:00 AM
Carolyn my dear friend,..congratulations on your many first round entries ! They are all so awesome love ! james
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Date: 9/24/2009 8:59:00 PM
What an awesome poem this is, Carolyn! Congratulations on making first round! Great inspiration and dedication to Chris. Love, Robin
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Date: 9/24/2009 7:26:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem proceding to second round and Thank You for message about my poetry as well,,,blessings..Cecil
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Date: 9/24/2009 4:42:00 PM
great poem! great tribute! congrats on your advancement into the second round! Carolyn!... jim
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Date: 9/24/2009 3:37:00 PM
Congratulations, Carolyn....and good luck in the next round!! love, Carrie
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Date: 9/24/2009 3:26:00 PM
Well done, yet again... am anxious to see how we fair but with what we're up against... it's going to be a crap-shoot because there are many very good poems to filter thru. There will definitely be no shame is loosing in this contest. ~<><
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Date: 9/24/2009 2:37:00 PM
Hi Carolyn, My goodness hun, your talent is truly showing with three poems making first round. Congrats again!! Love Light Truth Patricia
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Date: 9/24/2009 12:18:00 PM
NOt one, not two...but THREE poems making it through..you are to cool for words..love, BG
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Date: 9/24/2009 11:53:00 AM
Carolyn, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition, well done you >> James,xx
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Date: 9/15/2009 1:26:00 PM
Great poem, I think 2012 Is a changing of minds, the way we think!
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Date: 9/5/2009 9:42:00 AM
I too have asked myself- why does this still go on? When will we ever learn? Wonderful writing, Carolyn And thank you for your kind comments.
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Date: 7/22/2009 4:10:00 PM
Great poem carolyn, I can't wait to read your others and new ones to come..... Cody
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Date: 7/11/2009 6:15:00 AM
Hey, I love your theme, thrust & tone.What a wonderful piece! You are such a great poet. Please keep writing & congratulations on your excellent piece being featured dis week. Great you Carolyn. Chris. is a great inspiration overhere.
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