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The Indoctrination ( or, shall I say )

The Indoctrination ( or, shall I say )

Shall I say, I have gone at dawn, through littered streets
Watched the steam rising from city grates
Through the eyes of homeless men
Finding warmth where they can
Somehow still standing tall and proud of these United States
I think I can, I know I must, for other men I know and trust
The banner brave, the whores are too, the late night lust
It pays the bills, and completes
The Indoctrination
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Shall I say, a man is nothing right to his face, to start him working
Or do I bathe this very same man, give him tools to understand
That his country has not forgotten, him, or others like him
Take his hand, be his friend for real, and listen to him
His entire story, and not just
The indoctrination of him
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Shall I say, Iย love my country or do I debate
With angry words that accomplish nothing
Or do I stand up, give hard each day
Become the example,
Lending a hand, to anyone, no matter what
Doing the filthy work, of foul mouthed men
Who write the rules
Of Indoctrination
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Or shall I say, I love my country, damn straight I can
For I'm a man that love's his brothers
I'm a man who's been taught by his sisters
But mostly, I speak of,ย the kind of men
Who struggle each day
Some sleep on grates,
And pass on honor to one another
Each and every day,
You could say, I love my country
But most of all,
I Love her children.....

Tony Taylor

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Sweet T....This should hit everyone in the gut....It sure hit my heart...because I am just as responsible as anyone for not turning a blind eye to those who are destitute and on the streets.ย  It is easy to judge and come up with reasons that people are in the situations they are in and use pride to make us believe we are better in some way...but we are ALL the struggling souls or even the cause of their plight.ย  If we love our country, then that means we love each other as brothers and sisters the way God looks at us...and any other way is just an excuse to not feel responsible.ย  Society is sneaky at making us believe that it is acceptable to criticize others and make excuses for our own behaviors...that indoctrination that is forced for us to accept as truth....when individually we have to deal with conscience and our role in life as part of the world...I for one do not want to ignore the truth of the fallen ways of this world or I will become desensitized and a part of that very indoctrinated system...Great write that should make us all think and want to make a difference.... Love, Hugs, Kisses, and my respect.ย  xo xxxxx C

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Tony Taylor

Thanx SWEETHEART!!....... this is an amazing commentary....... the fact that you pay such fine attention to what is AND isn't said makes meย want to hug you, and squeeze you, and call you George!!!ย  LOL!!...... You keep me on my toes C!!......and you make me better in nearly every aspect of my life....... and the idea that we get to spend so much time together, reading, writing, and talking about poetry is simply beyond fortunate!!.......Thanx again for this gorgeously thorough comment...... Love you C!!........T xo ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โœณโœณโ™ฅโ™ฅ ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

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John Prophet

Tough stuff. What to do about those who fall through the cracks?
Unfortunately no easy answers. Nice write.

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Tony Taylor

You have that right brother.....NO easy answers....... unfortunately!!ย  ๐Ÿ˜ข โ™ฅ.....thanx for this JG!!....... peace.......T xo

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sparrowsong

Hello Tony...

To understand is to listen...

Some prefer the life, not interested in bills and a serious relationship...

Some would like to have that life again...

The building up the falling apart and losing again some just don't have the energy...

Some don't want the risk of the I Do...

Great write!

Thank you for sharing...

Hugs...

Feathers

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Tony Taylor

Thank you so much for reading FEATHERS!!...... it is indeed.....a crazy world.... and everyone handles living here differently!!....... Kings to you!....... smiles......T xo

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Wayne Stubbs

Absolutely phenomenal!!! This write strikes a chord with me, I can't highlight a certain bit because all of the words here put together are so heart touching, this feels so real!! Such honesty and hard hitting reality, just fantastic Tony! Picture me standing... ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’“ brother! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Tony Taylor

Thanx WAYNE!!..... I'm glad it struck you this way..... it was a part of my intent!!..... It's a crazy world we live in....... much appreciated my friend!!...... smiles....T xo

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Tony Taylor

Thanx POETESS!!......a sad plight indeed...... and unfortunately ......It's EVERYWHERE!!.........I appreciate the support SO MUCH my friend!!......hugs-n-smiles!!.........T xo

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Tony Taylor

Thank you L. BARTO!!......That's definitely my favorite line in the whole poem!!...... much appreciated brother!!...... peace.......T xo

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Lori Mack

Reading this takes me right back to my homeless days. You are a rare gem. Thank you for having the empathy, not sympathy, that is so desperately needed. God bless you.

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