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    Learning All the Time

    A history buff, I must admit, I’ve really never been
    But once or twice a story comes that makes me think again
    It would be nice to have a grasp much deeper than I do
    Of truth behind the headlines blared to likes of me and you

    When I was in my younger days, a teen in high school class
    The journalism bug reared head to bite my shapely (insert body part which rhymes with ‘class’)
    Impassioned then to write the truth and help correct life’s ills
    Reality came front and center – mem’ry serves me still

    It seemed to me athletics there got all the press and flare
    And I, a band and drama geek, must second mention bear
    But since, as editor, I thought I’d follow different bend
    I penned op-ed with plan to publish – quickly that would end

    A visit to the principal mandated some review
    Apparently my heart-felt piece had sides of one and two
    My side, as written, just might nettle school board members’ plans
    (The paper’s funding then approved by their auspicious hand)

    The piece was cut – politely I declined to change my stance
    And lesson learned that truth when set to dollars has poor chance
    Perhaps that’s why I still suspect each thing I read and hear
    And wonder whose agenda serves to sound that message near

    I think how stories we all know are written from a view
    Which might affirm, condemn, deny or other shade milieu
    It’s not enough for protest launch – though some might seek that end
    But I’d just like to know the truth, as best reports could wend

    So in the current social clime a name presented me
    With reason to read decades old a tale of history
    I’d never known Pete* Norman’s name – not then or in years since
    His story, though, gives hope; perchance this hope will yet convince

    That bleaker times, today or then, will yet be overcome
    When groups disband from frenzied stand to do the work of one
    His power then, quite personal, still rings the message true
    Do what you can, in righteous love, when path is given you


    *Peter Norman
    http://www.filmsforaction.org/articl...in-that-photo/



    ©RhymeLovingWriter 2016

  • #2
    Very nice, RLW. A little bit of your personal history informing your opinion, which, as always, is artfully stated!

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks MHenry. A small step but hopefully in the right direction.

  • #3
    FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC! As I am sure you hopped I read about Peter Norman. There are indeed heroes among us.
    Your story was told in beautiful form and is vibrant in its truth.

    Thanks

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks rhymetime for the look, like, and comment. Yes, heroism is irrelevant of skin color because it begins in the heart of man - there are heroes and sacrificial lambs in all ethnic groups.

  • #4
    thank you for sharing this inspirational history

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks for reading LG, and giving a like and making a comment! I'm not going to make a big difference that I can see, but a lot of little differences can add up to quite something I think.

  • #5
    Great poem about your history and push for your beliefs. Very well done, RLW! And thanks for the link to the article about Peter Norman. I don't remember much from that Olympics, so it was a nice piece of history that sadly still resonates today.

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks Muttado - I hadn't heard the story until today either. Thanks for the look and comment!

  • #6
    RhymeLovingWriter, I love this! The truth will always prevail. For you to tell this story and incorporate rhyme is above and beyond. A nice touch adding link to story too. Love, love, love!

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks Bobby. So many others here in the zone have been able to share from stories/pictures that I thought I'd try my hand at it too!

  • #7
    You know, when you graced us with your presence here you were so humble about your talent. Well, you just got more humble and your writing is more than amazing.

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      I appreciate the kind words Bobby - and as you have so beautifully shared with your verse - each of us has something to share. I've been blessed many times over by reading the thoughts and creations of other poets in the zone. It is a very welcoming place. I don't know how much I'm honing my skills, as my fellow poets seem accepting of anything I try. But at least this is a place to try - and be made to feel welcome - and for that I can't help but be thankful!

  • #8
    Top of the Queue my friend, top of the queue!

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    • #9
      This is my favorite by you RLW

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      • John Wertz
        John Wertz commented
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        No, you brought me something new with this poem. But, of course, I was aware of Carlos' and Smith's gesture at the Olympics, of which I did not approve. I liked your poem, non the less.

      • RhymeLovingWriter
        RhymeLovingWriter commented
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        I don't believe I was really aware of any of the facts. I've watched parts of the Olympics but not religiously. I like the story because hope always seems to follow self-sacrifice - and it can come from someone perhaps least expected - but also because the media only highlights what will move the agenda of the power players, and this piece brought out a little piece of what is most important (relating to each other as individuals), but maybe not widely known. I'm glad you could read beyond any lingering memory you may have had of the situation - I sometimes have a difficult time doing that!

      • John Wertz
        John Wertz commented
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        Your writing here was terrific, witty and smart,-- completely apart from any Ideas I might have about the Black Panther Party.
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