People . . .

Some exhale fresh air
with every breath.
Others spew pollution
from every pore.

Some sow smiles
like Johnny planted trees.
Others hurl thunderbolts
of anger and fear.

Some believe in we
live in the our.
Others tout two,
us versus them.

Some stand tall
no matter their stature.
Others think small
no matter their height.

Some people hope
as they pray for the others.
Willing the others
compassion for all.

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Shared with dVerse OLN today….the virtual pub for poets. Everyone is invited to share one poem of their choosing. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join the fun! Photo in public domain.

34 thoughts on “People . . .

  1. Glenn Buttkus January 26, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    OK, your photo is perfect for the piece, a white dove on the wing. I really dig your piece/peace. Somehow I can hear you clearly as you assess the pickle most of us are finding ourselves in, I made a comment on FB–Trump is bringing out a new book-AMERICA FOR DUMMIES. But your “hope” for our future is infectious.

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Apologies for the late reply. In Bermuda now and internet connections are spotty. So very glad you enjoyed this one. You’ll see….today’s trumps another and in a few days’ there will be a gardner’s manual…Nature Knew….which I think, my friend, you shall enjoy. We are all trumpeting hope in many voices….resistance.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 26, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    I think in reality there are more of the peaceful than those dividing… but it’s a matter how much they scream. But we have to stand up for what’s right.

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  3. Iris January 26, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    I love this stanza:

    “Some stand tall
    no matter their stature.
    Others think small
    no matter their height.”

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thank you, Iris. So glad you enjoyed — and especially this stanza which I do think is a truism!

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  4. Mish January 26, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    It comes down to intelligence, really….social/emotional intelligence. That is what humanity stems from, in my opinion. Fear and hate are seeded early and some never find the sun.

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Emotional intelligence…I once took a workshop on this topic. Very powerful attribute indeed.

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you! So very glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Glad you did. I always smile when I see your “name” — ihatepoetry — and obviously you don’t! 🙂

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      • ihatepoetry January 30, 2017 / 1:32 pm

        I usually hate Poetry with a capital P. Too Pretentious. Too Precious. But I like yours. 🙂

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  5. Grace January 26, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I pray for that compassion and hope for all of us Lillian ~ Cheers ~

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  6. Angela January 26, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    So relevant, Lillian. I am a some people who hope.
    Perfect photo pairing as well.😉

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Yes — we must all find the hope to enable others to be compassionate.

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  7. kim881 January 27, 2017 / 7:08 am

    How true the first stanza but this one really got me:
    ‘Some sow smiles
    like Johnny planted trees.
    Others hurl thunderbolts
    of anger and fear.’

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:20 am

      May we have more Johnnys and Johannas in this world! 🙂

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  8. sanaarizvi January 27, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Oh Lillian❤️💜 this has such a soothing cadence such a powerful punch at the end! Love this!❤️💜

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    • lillian January 30, 2017 / 10:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Bekkie. So nice to see you here….as in Bermuda with me right now! 🙂 Peek into my words and I’ll share the Bermuda aquamarine seas with you in coming posts! 🙂

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  9. swatik6 January 30, 2017 / 2:01 am

    wonderful piece of poetry that perfectly articulates different shades of people

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