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Tower Denizens


A Free Verse Poem

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This is a terrific free verse, Robert. You are skilled in not only rhymed and metred, but also this. Your metaphor of living within a "bubble" or ivory tower is most apt, as we can see quite clearly that people don't seem to wander around to actually listen what people outside their immediate enclaves to "see" the bigger picture.

Your poem is universal in appeal which of course adds value to its meaning.

A most enjoyable read today. :))

Gloria


 Comment Written 12-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 12-Jan-2021
    Hello Gloria.

    I am honored and grateful for the six star award. I am pleased you read the poem and got all of it. The dwellers live in the echo chamber and we do the best we can. But there is the law of entropy that brings down the towers.

    Robert
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Other real people care about real people. We don't all agree but neither do we live in ivory towers intent on making decisions to further our careers rather than help our neighbors. I have seen as much coming together my "normal folks" as I have seen division of and by politicians. Nothing excuses the overrun/insurrection--many have forgotten that we came to be a democracy fleeing such uprisings. I don't know if normal exists anymore--and frankly, it's scary.--Karenina


 Comment Written 12-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 12-Jan-2021
    Hi K. Thanks for your review and insightful comments.

    I agree with your first statement. Finding real and authentic people in this age is not impossible. Discernment is the key. When what people say doesn't line up with what they do is a disqualifier. There are no excuses. Repeated apologies for the same insults and lies don't get it.

    I wrote a poem called NORMAL earlier this year. My bottom line questions if there ever was such a thing as normal.

    Z
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OH, you can SO say that again, and say it LOUDLY, Z! ;) :) That ivory tower does nothing to make them different from real people except location... oh, and the fact that they affect how the rest of live based on their love of self and power... Echo chamber will do that to a person, I suppose. ;) Thanx for sharing that sharp pen of yours! ;) Yvette


 Comment Written 12-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 12-Jan-2021
    Hello Yvette.

    Thanks for the great review and comments. How ya doing? My loud voice is fun for me but it seems to irritate others. It makes me happy though.

    I'm like the guy that went into a convenience store to get a hot dog. He put onions, mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish and peppers on the dog. The guy standing next to him said, "Who you gonna make happy with that thing?"
    The guy looked at him and said, "ME!"

    I'll just keep writing until I can't get any happier. :-)))))))))

    Da Z

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This had so much impact on me I didn't feel I could review it the first time I read it. You say what I feel, think and believe, but so much better than I could say it.


 Comment Written 12-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 12-Jan-2021
    Hi Susan.

    Thank you vey much for your kind and positive words. I read your writing. There is nothing here you can't say. I'm glad the poem means something to you. That makes me happy.

    Robert
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Truth. Sad commentary. My interpretation is this reference is to Congress and government overall. Very thoughtful. This does not take sides. It applies to all of them. I totally agree. D. C. is an ugly swamp. Term Limits might help. But unless it is a Constitutional Amendment by the People, we can never expect the swamp to vote on it.


 Comment Written 12-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 12-Jan-2021
    Hello Lance.

    Thank you very much for the well-considered, and meaningful interpretation. You read it exactly as I wrote it. It is hard to find heroes in DC. Term limits will never happen because the people that need to legislate them...won't. Some conservatives have called for a "convention of the states" to address things like this but nothing has succeeded to this date.

    I wrote a poem last year referring to DC as a sewer because a swamp offers many good things to the world. HAHA

    Robert

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It seems there are many in power who look down on the common man. I say, there is probably more wisdom in many more people in the world that don't even have a high school education, than in all the halls of Congress right now.
Patricia


 Comment Written 11-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 11-Jan-2021
    Hello Patricia.

    Thank you for the insightful comments. I agree with you about the COMMON sense people.

    Robert
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This was truly interesting, Robert. It did inspire thought but also had a variety of unanswered doubts or questions. I liked your narrative question, because who does care? No one worth their salt. Great job.


 Comment Written 11-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 11-Jan-2021
    Hi Alie.

    Thank you for the meaningful review and comments. It is a question that is hard to answer these days.

    Robert

reply by aryr on 11-Jan-2021
    You are so very welcome Robert, I do so agree.
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A very well-written poem about people who are suppose to rule the country for the benefit of the citizens are only building their own towers as high as possible to look down on their followers instead of serving them.


 Comment Written 11-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 11-Jan-2021
    Hello Sandra.

    Thank you for your complimentary review and comments about the "Tower" free verse poem. You have read it exactly as I wrote it.

    Robert
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Of course 'they' don't care about the little people who they pledged to represent. If they cared, then they would have to act in accordance to someone besides themselves. The surround themselves with those like them and never look back. It's all me, me, me to them and those that are just like them in their ivory tower far removed from the trenches of reality. I like the way you formatted your lines. Your words paint a picture of these politicians although it is sad and seems to never change.
Thanks for sharing.
Respectfully, Jan


 Comment Written 10-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 10-Jan-2021
    Hello Jan.

    You are absolutely right in your comments about the concern blues tower dwellers have for the rest of us. Most of them become extremely wealthy after they get to Washington.

    I don't know if they can ever change because they keep writing obtuse laws to support their behaviors.

    Robert
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Yes, at many levels across our country, especially in Washington, D.C., both elected and appointed officials have been trending farther and farther from caring about the public they should loyally be serving. Instead, they are self-servers, caring only about their power, status, and opportunity to self-enrich beyond their generous salaries. That is a recipe for widespread corruption, and we now are seeing the dire effects.

There is hope if we can oust many of them in the 2022 midterm election -- but ONLY if we can assure honesty and transparency then, which is by no means certain. The unlikely victories by Dems in the two Georgia Senate runoff elections proves we have much to do to make elections trustworthy, and apathy and fears of retaliation will be our greatest enemies in that endeavor.

I am convinced that the disturbance that scuttled President Trump's last chance to challenge the obvious fraud that favored Biden was planned in advance for just that purpose, and Antifa and/or other paid infiltrators of the otherwise peaceful support of Trump carried it out. The result provided the excuse Pelosi now has to attempt a second impeachment effort, in hope that the Senate might agree this time and then vote separately to bar Trump from ever running for government office again, as they deathly fear the consequences if he returns in 2024.

The betrayals of Trump by former supporters at all levels demonstrates that their status in the Swamp matters more to them than truth, the Constitution they swore to uphold, or the American public.

Meanwhile, Google, Amazon, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, et al are vigorously working to suppress free speech they don't like, now by attempting to shut down Parler, the new non-censoring rival to Twitter. That is both a violation of the First Amendment and criminal conspiracy against simple business rivalry. That is a case which should go to the Supreme Court, if the Dems have not packed it to benefit their side by then.

Ruination indeed. Superb and aptly illustrated.


 Comment Written 10-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 10-Jan-2021
    Hello Mike.

    Thank you for the positive and thorough review. I changed the background to a much lighter green.

    This entire thing has been so disappointing. The scene on Wednesday takes me back to my remembrance of history of the war of 1812 when the capitol was advanced upon. Trump rallies did not typically result in vandalism of any sort. That day is really going to make it difficult for conservatives. The democrats will resort to scorched earth policies now starting with the fiasco of another impeachment. They want a permanent division of the country.

    It is clear that the DC police force is incapable of protecting much of anything except their pensions. The mayor of DC made a nonsensical speech and said things would improve when DC becomes a state.

    As far as the tech oligarchs go, what they did to Parler is a violation of Sherman antitrust if I recall a little anti trust regulation. Those companies constitute a monopoly in my opinion and they are acting as a cabal. Twitter is a direct competitor of Parler.

    Robert

reply by WalkerMan on 11-Jan-2021
    You are most welcome, Robert.

    Yes, I see the lighter background and have removed my comment about it.

    The Dems and biased "news" media are blaming Trump and supposed "right wingers" for what THEY planned in advance and Soros probably funded. What happened at the Capitol building was not spontaneous. This is Dems' Marxist policy of accusing others for what they, themselves did or are doing.

    A caller to a radio program I listen to said he saw a black-clad, hooded man, hiding behind him and other peaceful protesters, light a road flare and throw it over them onto police who were chatting with the peaceful protesters. When the perp noticed the crowd looking at him, he fled.

    I also heard multiple reports that many who broke into the Capitol came prepared with hammers to break windows. One arrested individual had eleven Molotov cocktails ready to throw. Others brought pipe Bombs, a noose, weapons, and/or other instruments of violence, and were seen even before Trump spoke at the Mall.

    Trump supporters NEVER do any such things. Their peaceful protest was hijacked by Antifa and/or other paid troublemakers.

    Sadly, it never occurred to Trump that nasty things would happen if he asked supporters to come to Washington to be heard.

    Now the Dems have a convenient excuse to do even more harm to us all. I'll be surprised if any of the perps are traced to their real bosses.

    I agree with you about Parler. The tech oligarchs are angry because they are losing business as former customers switch to Parler to escape spying, sale of their data, and censorship. The result of any litigation (IF it even occurs) on this will tell us just how far our rights have fallen. -- Mike
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