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** I am about love and kindness, and against hatred in all its forms and disguises ... this is my only politic, my only religion, my only social stance. When you use hateful or nasty words or tactics, you've lost me, because the integrity of your argument is thereafter GONE. **


Say what you will, and make it great,
   But if you're speaking words of hate ...

          I won't listen.

Make your argument, stirred or calm,
   But said with words that hurt or harm ...

          I won't listen.

Write your thoughts for all to see,
   But if penned with animosity ...

          I won't listen.

Speak the truth, and speak it loud,
   But if you're with the hateful crowd ...

          I won't listen.

Deliver your message, strong and true,
   But if it's vitriol you spew ...

          I won't listen.

Your opinions may be all the best,
   But if they fail the malice test ...

          I won't listen.

I know you want to change the world,
   But if insults are the words you've hurled ...

          I won't listen.

You may have wisdom that's quite profound,
   But if spoken from a vicious ground ...

          I won't listen.

                    YET ...

If you shake the hatred FREE,
   And speak with sound integrity ...

          I ... WILL ... listen ...

For you and I can save our race,
   If we just speak kindly, face-to-face ...

          And LISTEN.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 12/28/2017 5:50:00 PM
Thank you for composing what I believe as well. Well done. Graham Devenish
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/28/2017 6:40:00 PM
Very kind of you, Graham, thank you, my friend!
Date: 12/27/2017 5:27:00 PM
And if they came to kill our children? Would we let let them? No, we would rise up in such a fury that even Trump couldn't imagine! A powerful piece, congratulations on your passion.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/28/2017 6:39:00 PM
Thank you so much, Jonathan! :-)
Date: 12/25/2017 4:39:00 PM
Sound of Silence. Think that was a popular song. Some want to save all of the suspense, When you try to find sound of silence; With a guitar, Started to spar; Trying to see if I could find some hints.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/25/2017 4:46:00 PM
Well-said, my friend ... and thank you! :-)
Date: 12/23/2017 7:06:00 PM
Another WOW for you here, Gregory. This was written very effectively to get your message across loud and clear!!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/25/2017 4:45:00 PM
Thank you so much, Andrea! :-)
Date: 12/23/2017 7:04:00 AM
Wow, Greg!! In my humble opinion, this should be awarded Poem of the Year:) loved it:)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/23/2017 11:27:00 AM
Thank you, my good friend, that's very kind of you ... I am very proud of the message in this one, and it is a "note to self" as much as anything else, as I have my own hatreds that I'm constantly trying to shed. It is a daily reminder for me, (as I have memorized it and say it to myself as a sort of mantra), and I hope touches some other hearts. Blessings, Jo! :-) <3
Date: 12/21/2017 8:34:00 AM
Wonderfully penned dear poet! Much love xomo <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2017 12:04:00 PM
Thank you, hon, I'm pleased you like this one ... I'm so behind on commenting and thank-you's - hoping to plug away at it this weekend. Blessings, Dear Friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/21/2017 8:27:00 AM
so true! This speaks of such truth and I feel the exact same way. Great poem sweet Gregory :) thanks for sharing! :) -luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2017 12:03:00 PM
Very kind of you, Luloo, thank you so much ... it's a bit of a dream, really, but I remain hopeful that this world can change for the better. Blessings, Dear Friend! <3
Date: 12/21/2017 3:28:00 AM
Wonderful poem, Greg. So appropriate and topical.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2017 12:02:00 PM
Thank you, Subimal, this one is dear to my heart ... if only we could all adopt a similar policy, what a brighter world it might be! Blessings, friend! :-)