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I am Every Woman and Man

Updated on June 15, 2017
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

I am

Every woman and man

Wronged over my opinion

By those who seek my silence


Words supplanted

Of which I've never spoken

And still I'm given attribution


Slanderous nevertheless

Biased, agenda-driven attempts

Condemnation through appropriation


The yoke hanging heavy

Manifesto badges signaling complicity

Instruments of masters who remain nameless


Volumetrically assaulting

Demanding linearity in verbalization

Forcefully demanding either with or against me

And yet

I choose to continue

My refusal to capitulate or abdicate

The freedom to speak that which must be spoken


At the willingness of the masses

Coming forward to surrender their words

Unaware that the exchange provides little safety


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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

    Often reality is left behind in the dust and more people turn a blind eye and believe what they like to believe.

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    MizBejabbers 4 months ago

    Ralph, when I was a reporter back in the 1980s and covered the state legislature, I noticed the impulsiveness or, perhaps as some people call it, the herd mentality of our elected leaders. One guy would say "we ought to do something (outlandish)" then person after person would chime in "yeah". Then they would vote and support some tomfoolery without any research or checking it out. At that time I said that the legislature is nothing but legalized mob rule. Today I think that was just a microcosm of the macrocosm.

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    Ralph Schwartz 4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    MizB - I think we all feel this way at times, especially when much of it is spent just trying to share opinions. Thanks for being part of the discussion. This current political cycle is beginning to make me nervous - if we allow the mob to rule so openly, then what's next?

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    MizBejabbers 4 months ago

    I knew where you were coming from because I read your Q & A columns. You and I don't always agree on politics, but I don't see you as a screaming, disagreeable person and I respect you for that. I just wish we could all sit down and work some kind of a compromise on our leadership. That is the way a democratic republic should work, and it would be a win-win situation for us all.

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    manatita44 4 months ago from london

    Powerful, forceful, thought-provoking, brave...

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    ThreeKeys 4 months ago from Australia

    Thankyou for explaining Ralph. I don't know how you are coping in the USA. Australia copies your country. That worries me to an extent. Yesterday, the authourities for the first time want to allow people to carry tazers etc (in relation to "terroists"). To me this can only bring out more violence and hatred between our people. Not good. I personally feel like burying my head in the sand in relation to all the fear and insecurities. Ralph no disrespect to your country but the capitalism experiment has exceeded the finely tuned balance point and has failed your people INMHO. I wish you all well.

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    Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well....Yeah can say all this again for a lot of us. The insane, outrageous & utterly unacceptable goings-on over Parties & Politicians has quite some time ago, surpassed my tolerance level.

    Please understand, more power to you for hangin-in and speaking your mind and sharing your solid opinions. I simply won't do it. I find it very stressful, often hurtful and filled with nastiness and unnecessary anger. I'm done with so many people here that I once actually had fondness and respect for. I'm horrified by the monsters & morons they become in the midst of politicians....& party CRAP! That's what it is....C R A P!

    Really? IMO, it's Bull$hit. If it's all right with everyone else (and even if it's NOT!) for the most part, I've retreated into my quiet solitude and just want focus on the things that are so important to me, my family and friends... Everyone else can run around screaming, shooting, bitching, fighting.......yeah, that just doesn't strike me as anything at all that I want to spend my time and emotions on

    It isn't going to make a damned bit of difference in the ultimate outcome....and WHO the hell knows what & when that will be? Peace, Ralph. I really do understand how you feel.

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    Ralph Schwartz 4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks for the support John - Lately I'm finding that writing about politics is beginning to be a drag, so I've stepped back from doing Hubs and I'm considering stopping asking anything in the Q&A section - the responses are filled with vitriol and there is no "middle ground" anymore. I just published another piece on SEO a few minutes ago; a topic which seems to appeal to everyone and I'm doing more poetry. I think emerging technologies might be my new "sweet spot" for a bit.

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    John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Ralph, I knew where this poem was coming from having read your recent Q and As and articles. I know there is so much dissension in the USA at the moment, and very little patience with opposing views. I prefer to keep out of it, but I know you have had to suffer some criticism. Well penned.

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    Ralph Schwartz 4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Not sure how you came up with that interpretation, but I appreciate you taking time to share what you are thinking. This piece relates to the current climate in America. Many people are following others blindly while simultaneously trying to silence any opposition to their beliefs...but there are some who refuse to bow down and surrender their freedom of speech even when someone else is trying to shout it down. I hope that gives you my perspective from a writer's position. Thanks again!

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    ThreeKeys 4 months ago from Australia

    I'm not sure how the title reflects the poem that I heard here Ralph. For me, I heard the voicing of unspoken words, unsupport and wanting retribution. It sounded to me that perhaps you may have experienced a grave injustice that wasn't remedied.

    Poetry is about life and life is not always pretty. Without the shades, we would never know the "exactness" of life. We need both to gain a wider perspective in our everyday world. Thankyou.