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Left or right

what is your direction

do you still fight

for other's conviction


all is a fake

what you've being told

but what is at stake

is when you get old


you look in the mirror

you know times have changed

but you couldn't get

them really arranged


because you're still living

in times black and white

and cannot imagine 

that people unite


There is no solution

for us to be free

in minds and existence

if we don't agree


that neighbors are people

don't care where they're from

go over and meet them

and realize there's none


of what they've been telling

how diffren't they are

once you really know them

they're not that afar


from what you're expecting

from life for yourself

take out all your drawers

put all one one shelf.


For all my friends and certainly for Africa where I found my essence of living.


Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 12:37pm
Let me repeat once and for all: To be able to judge one has to live in a place. If not, he has fuck all to say about a subject.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 12:50pm
BTW2: If some now tell me "why do you comment on US matters then?" I say: Because we're concerned directly by actions of what any foreign policy is up to. Be that the US, or, as we see, in the coming decades, China, Russia and maybe India. Europe is weak in terms of defense due to the "protection" of the US. But many of us don't see this as a protection but as cannon fodder for a coming war US- Russia or China.
We are all conditioned to believe that our belief, our religion, our political system is the only right one. Be that the Chinese, Americans or whoever. And we believe the media. Why ? Because people rarely take the chance to see other places and live there. They prefer a 2-week-holiday in any place and then say:
"Oh, we've been there. Nice people, a nice hotel and it wasn't even expensive!"
I am dead-fucking sure that if everybody had the chance and will to experience the world instead of buying endlessly what the ads tell him what he "needs" racism would be eradicated. Call me an idealist - but I know if from experience. You will never find a racist or an ideologically restricted person who knows the world.
Bill H. Added Jan 12, 2019 - 12:57pm
Good words for sure, SEF!
I've visited many countries over the years and have friends and relatives all over the world. I have learned to respect and understand many different cultures and views.
The one I don't understand and detest is the current US position of Nationalism.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
The US is not the only country. Even here in Europe. as soon as the economy goes down (planned or not), people resort to nationalism. Latest example was Germany.
Jeff Michka Added Jan 12, 2019 - 1:48pm
Ah, so you acknowledge "scapegoating" in Europe.  Yup, as economies start falling down again, the tribal hatreds will grow and Latinos are good scapegoats and objects of hatred.  Too many in "the good white people tribe" here in the states got passed over after the last economic disaster.  A high school diploma isn't a ticket to being anything more than being an economic sucker and ticket to lifelong poverty and two or three jobs to make ends meet.   My area is filling with "economic pilgrims" from the economic wonderland of "Fright to work states", fed min wages where here, the same minimum wage is twice fed minimums, so the sucker crowd moves here.  Not for "high tech" work, but typical shit work jobs.  Two jobs here make twice what is made "down South," so for the good white people," it's a real deal.  Huh?  Trumpists think Orangy will "bring them jobs and wealth." 'cause he'll build casinos and hotels "everywhere" and payback for them is the ability to embrace celebrity, and because the Trumpists are "loyal." they'll get better odds in the casino.  Riiiiight.  The capacity for delusion is as big as the cpacity and need of blaming scapegoats.  Look what wonders scapegoating got for pre WWII Germany.  
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 12, 2019 - 3:05pm
Do-Gooder? I like Goo-Dooder much better, lol.
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 12, 2019 - 3:26pm
Substitute "Ryan Messano" for "Jerry Curlan" in this classic Angry Samoans song and you have him pegged:
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 5:03pm
Hi Michael :-)
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 5:04pm
Messie deleted. Did not contribute as usual but insult.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 5:08pm
This is a POEM buddy, No need to make a university lecture out of it. That only shows how restricted you are. For the regular Joe this is easy to grasp. But maybe not for a teacher who concentrates on language other than the content.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 12, 2019 - 5:12pm
Have you ever wondered how people would react or tolerate the eating habits of the various countries if people were up close and personal to experience it?
I know. I've eaten rats and dogs in Asia, and all sorts of fried crickets or other stuff in Africa. And it tasted good. So what ? That whoo-hoo-I-can't-eat-that is a luxury problem.
I bet you any bucks when these people would have no food anymore they would eat their dog ! 
Ryan Messano Added Jan 12, 2019 - 5:53pm
Lol, your arbitrary decisions for deleting are the stupidest nonsense.  
‘WAAAAHHHH, you don’t like my post, Me caveman, me delete your comment’.
How do you get so dull?
Bill H. Added Jan 12, 2019 - 9:55pm
Let's see how long this absurd RM post lasts!
What a fool!
opher goodwin Added Jan 13, 2019 - 7:33am
Hi Stone - nice one - people are people the world over! Some are good and some are bad.
Vive le difference!
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 7:58am
I let it stand. Occasionally Messie says something that has literary value LOL
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 7:59am
N'est-ce pas ;-)
Marty Koval Added Jan 13, 2019 - 8:11am
In many poor countries, dogs and cats may actually be the only source of meat for people. The practice of eating dogs and cats is actually quite common in China and much of Asia. In many restaurants their menus include both dogs and cats. With the proper seasoning it is quite tasty.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 9:08am
Exactly. Rational comment. And true !
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 12:27pm
I think it's a matter of one's own flexibility. What I do usually is try everything that's offered to me, then I decide if I like it or not and, it I don't like taste, consistence or whatever I ask the person not to serve me a second time.
To me, meat is meat. Either you eat meat or not. Making differences is not logic at all. I do understand people who have pets wouldn't eat them, they get an emotional binding to them, and that's ok. But generalizing from there is the wrong way IMHO.
I always go along with local customs, because I think respect is the best time not to make negative experiences. I wear African clothes mostly there, because after all, these people know which clothes are best in the climate they live in.
I try to learn some basics of the local language as well. It's tiring to live in a place and never be able to understand a word of their native tongue, even if they all speak French more or less.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 12:29pm
...the best way. Dammit ! ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 3:47pm
Yes I am for "live and let live". But what I can't stand are stubborn ignorants who think they only are the wise men. No matter what subject is concerned.
Katharine Otto Added Jan 13, 2019 - 4:23pm
Good poem.  I don't "agree" with some of what you say, but I don't judge it, either.  What's important is to keep lines of communication open, which is easier with people who speak the same language(s).  It's also easier, when they live in your neighborhood, as you can learn a lot about people by how they live.  There does seem to be an oversupply of people who want to impose their values and beliefs on everyone else, through customs or laws, and who expect others to pay for it.  
I'm fine with living next door to people who eat dogs, especially barking, pooping, and biting ones.  Just stay away from my chickens.  Does anyone have a good recipe for mosquitoes and ants?
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 4:39pm
Nope. They're too small. Try fried crickets. They contain a lot of protein....;-)
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 13, 2019 - 5:25pm
@ KO - "Does anyone have a good recipe for mosquitoes and ants?"
Yes, they are an excellent addition to Lice Krispies!
Stone-Eater Added Jan 13, 2019 - 9:03pm
Lol :))
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 13, 2019 - 9:17pm
One time I was in a discussion with someone about eating bugs. The topic completely grossed her out, but she said she liked shrimp, crab, lobster, etc. She got grossed out even more when I pointed out that those creatures were essentially big, underwater BUGS.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 14, 2019 - 6:25am
Ah ? Didn't know that.
opher goodwin Added Jan 14, 2019 - 7:48am
Stone - I think that eating insects is going to be a next food fad. Lots of protein. They're good for you. They'll tart it up of course so that people won't be so conscious of what they are really eating - just like they've done with the bacteria and fungi in protein foods.
My worry is that it is devastating insect populations and so many other creatures depend on them. Our numbers are denuding the world of life.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06am
I wouldn't worry too much about that. Better eating insects than meat seeing the ecologic footprint.
BTW: A bit off-topic....might be an interesting article to read below. Just a note.

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