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We are so different I am smart, you are less so I am a man, you are a woman I am trump, you are poor I am beautiful, you live in a sewer I have castles, you’re lucky to have drawers I am peaceful, you are the extremist I have armies, you have child suicide bombers I have coffee, you have tea See the difference between you and me? I wear clothes under my head, you wear masks over I sing songs in my sanctuary, while you chant the jihad I have my god who is righteous; you have a god that sings of terror My god is great, yours is a fraud I ride in a limo, you ride a gay camel I drink fine whiskey, you smoke camel fags We you see… are as different As night is to day As sun is to moon As Cain is to Abel I own the castle you live in the stable Goats and hogs your only staple Now when we were in the hospital Me so much better than you, you see Both our sons sick of leukemia You being so different and less than me You cried, and you wept, and you wished yourself dead If your child should live, you'd give all you ever had Its then I saw, I’d do exactly the same When you offered me a tissue I confess I felt a wee little shame Whatever hate you may or may not have had Lifted, when you saw the child was your only lad And when I saw this humble startling revelation I realized how narrow and condescending I was behaving So maybe we both learned a lesson of Job A pity such sadness and pain had to bring The realization to us both We are not so different after all We now drink tea in the olive gardens Telling the young if they chose to listen There is a better path, of happier wisdom By embracing your fellow man No matter race, color or convictions Start with a smile Make it last more than a mile Great things happen When us, the people take action Yours truly Two fathers Of this world Thank you Charmaine for the constant inspiration!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 12/5/2016 10:12:00 PM
Existential yet vulnerable with humour and hope!! well done, Art! Big Hugggs.
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:41:00 PM
Than you so much! poet with such beautiful smile!!!
Date: 11/26/2016 7:30:00 PM
I gasped when I was reading this and had emotional tears. What a good poet you are.
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:40:00 PM
Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed!
Date: 11/26/2016 6:59:00 PM
really impressed by the twist and finale of this story, arthur... it's my time to say wow oh wow!.. huggs
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:40:00 PM
You are so so kind Nette, Thanks!
Date: 11/26/2016 5:08:00 PM
Fabulous poem with a great message .. (got to say the line about the gay camel sure made me lol)hugs jan xx
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:39:00 PM
Laughter is always the best medicine! :) Hugs!
Date: 11/26/2016 8:43:00 AM
Just amazing Arthur.
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:39:00 PM
Thanks Tim! :) Cheers!
Date: 11/26/2016 8:28:00 AM
Brilliant work ... Wonderful ... A great poem ...
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:38:00 PM
Thank you so much Probir!
Date: 11/26/2016 8:13:00 AM
WoW! Arthur, Just like I was moved and touched by Charma's poem. I feel the same about this well written piece. Because at the end of the day no matter what our differences are: we all feel, bleed, laugh, hurt and cry. We all are human and that fact alone trumps our differences. Excellent job. A without a doubt seven and straight into my faves:-) Alexis
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:38:00 PM
You have said that so well Alexis, thank you!
Date: 11/26/2016 4:01:00 AM
Hi Arthur...I am deeply touched by the first part of your poem...I couldnt help saying to myself...Oh yes We.are so different...But then in the second part..Onceagain I found myself thinking..Oh yes We are not so different..When it comes to those We love.We are human with a human heart that feels...I had goosebumps reading your profound poem.Im glad my simple scribble inspired it...A fave.
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:37:00 PM
Your heart is an inspiration to many! Thank you!
Date: 11/26/2016 12:15:00 AM
This is an exquisite poem. Brilliantly written with a profound message.
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:37:00 PM
Thank you Christy, :)
Date: 11/25/2016 8:47:00 PM
Arthur, this poem of redemption vividly sets the table for the great relief the last 2 stanzas provide, nicely done! jimbo
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Date: 12/5/2016 11:36:00 PM
Thanks so much James!