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Labeled
by Regis Auffray

Friday, August 20, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Sometimes, an insult is not...



Labeled

The more time goes by
The less affinity I seem to have
With those I thought I knew
Of late
I have been called
Idiot
Fool
Obsessive
Compulsive
Irresponsible
Immature
Indecisive
Needy
And so much more
But when someone called me
A child
A slice of sun
Slit the fabric of ebon clouds
And in my soul
Was born
A rainbow
 
 
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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/21/2014
I do not care what others think of me, care to say about me, I can handle with forgivenss, the child in me comes out lots still too.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/29/2010
GOOD LABEL, INDEED. THAT WE ALL SHOULD BECOME CHILDREN AGAIN...WOULD SURE BE A BLESSING FOR THIS WORLD. THANKS FOR SHARING, REGIS, AND GOD BLESS. LOVE, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 8/22/2009
Wow Regis,
I really like this poem. Very well said.
Nicole
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/4/2008
Regis,
You make me think about word meaning in general. Your point is well made. Perception is everything. I love the lines:

A slice of sun
Slit the fabric of ebon clouds

Take care of you!
Sheila
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/24/2005
Life of the Innocent Child and all the fun that life is when we allow that innocence which is buried, yet never gone, to come forth.
Thank You Regis
enjoyed this much.
Tracey
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 9/3/2004
This gave me goosebumps. I love this.
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 9/2/2004
lovely
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 8/31/2004
Beautiful art and poem ... I too have been called many names but some have served to propel me, change me, challenge me. May those words do the same for you dear friend :)!
Sandy
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 8/28/2004
a pure perception

SueB
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 8/27/2004
This is beautiful!

Best regards,
Safi
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader) 8/26/2004
Beautifully said Regis....I especially love these lines:

A slice of sun
Slit the fabric of ebon clouds

I love the drawing you've put with it too!
Andrea
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 8/25/2004
Regis,

A poet of grand magnitude - Bravo on this superb write, my friend!

Robert
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 8/25/2004
Cool poem! I think most of us can relate...
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 8/25/2004
Beautiful well written poem, Regis! ~Z~
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/25/2004
Regis...

A slice of sun
Slit the fabric of ebon clouds
And in my soul
Was born
A rainbow

what a write...what an ending....clap clap clap....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Katryn Dougherty 8/24/2004
relates very well to my job :)
an excellent write
Reviewed by ♥ Kari Hirshey ♥ (Reader) 8/23/2004
Beautiful expression! I really enjoyed this write... Thanks for sharing! :) always a pleasure..
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 8/23/2004
Wonderful, and truthful reflection. One can own labels, but not a child's soul. In fact, children seem to experience their world in a completely fresh (wonderful, or terribly hurting-traumatizing way, because they have no mental labels attached yet. Developping some sort of labels, however, helps us to survive in a complex, and stressful world. Thanks for this treat, my friend. Franz
Reviewed by Crystal-Rain Love 8/23/2004
Another gem. I love reading your work.
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 8/23/2004
Yes, i hate labels, and the most important thing of all is what you think and know about yourself, and your God. Everyone elseare showing who they are by judging you- this poem made me feel bad for you because you seem like a very nice person! :)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 8/23/2004
Sweet indeed, Reg. It rolled out, rose up, and blossomed.
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk 8/23/2004
Don't listen to what others say Regis.
From what I know about you, you're none of the above.
Stay young at heart.
Love
Amira
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 8/23/2004
Labels are powerful, that's what this proves.
blessin's Regis,
cynth'ya
Reviewed by Fletcher Bailey (Reader) 8/22/2004
Regis, may all your labellers be so lucky to have your charm and childishness. It is what keep you young at heart...great poem, I can definately relate to each and every word...Flecther B
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/22/2004
Well I relate to this wonderful piece~*
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 8/22/2004
We can choose the labels we accept, can't we? Good thought

Connie Gotsch
Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 8/22/2004
Being called a child is indeed a compliment. The younger one is, the more innocent. People learn to be cruel and meanspirited--they're certainly not born that way. When I grow up, I still want to be a little kid. Love your attitude!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/22/2004
Marvelous, Regis!

Hope you never lose that child in your poetic heart and soul.
Reviewed by Veronica Hosking 8/22/2004
Wonderful reminder that a "label" is what you make it.
Reviewed by A. Gagné (Reader) 8/22/2004
Amen.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/22/2004
Absolutely beautiful! Loved this!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 8/22/2004
Wonderful, insightful write. I usually find a warm bath washes the dirt away. Add bubbles, it is more fun. Excellent write.

Trish.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 8/22/2004
To be called a child is the greatest compliment that can be given. A child is forever exploring, learning and growing. You are both child and wise sage. I learn from you by reading your wondrous words. What a spectacular ending to a meaningful poem.
Thank you
Chanti
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 8/21/2004
I'm so glad that mere words do not define us. I'm also glad that our Higher Power has the first and final say. Writing is a great way to get it off you at the same time help others who may not be as strong. Remember, those who truly know you like and love your essence. This is another of your great writes with feeling.
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 8/21/2004
Words can hurt, but the ending is the kicker. The ending reminds us that there is beauty. The ending lifts you up and inspires you. There are ways to praise a child or person, and your ending is an exceptional way to do that.
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 8/21/2004
Well thought out poetry. The ending was exceptional. Outstanding message in this one!

Sherry
Reviewed by William Bonilla 8/21/2004
Regis this is a beautiful piece
an excellent write
never did like labels

William
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 8/21/2004
Dear Regis,

Isn't it amazing that often those whom you thought were your friends are actually the ones who tend to turn on you, when you have found happiness. If by calling you a child has made you happy, then someone has succeded in making your day, this is all that matters. Great write Regis.

Warm hugs
Elga
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 8/21/2004
Oh... yes!! I like the way you think.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/21/2004
Name-calling is like pointing a finger and having the three left on that hand pointing back to the person who's doing all the shouting! On the other hand, if people are merely expressing an opinion, then they are, I suppose entitled to it. All depends on context, doesn't it? I guess we can all exhibit these traits to a greater or lesser extent at times, and what's wrong with them if they are exhibited in the pursuit of genuine integrity and a consuming passion?! Who wants to a bland conformist anyway - they're not the ones who ever achieve anything or leave anything of any lasting value for anyone else either. Goodness me, we each have a unique gift of life so why squander it on merely occupying valuable space and not rocking any boats!! All of these so called "labels" can be positives when channelled correctly. But CHILD is the best; so much potential, so much faith, hope and optimism - trust and lack of cynicism, too. To be called a child is the truth, for so we are. And many of us have never grown up... not in the way that the world expects, anyway. And for me, I think that that can be a far more mature route - not to acquiesce to the accepted norms of being adult with all the garbage and superficiality that goes with it. Stay a child, Regis, and hold on to your licence to freedom of speech and thought! Go you! You have certainly planted a rainbow in my soul with this write, thank you. I'm with you on this one... Kate xx
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/21/2004
Hi Regis:

What a wonderful poem. You had taken my mind from the worst to the best in this poem. The first half of the poem was like heavy metal music, while, the latter half was like a warm lullaby for a child. The contrast was amazing. I love this indeed!

Sandie May Angel
Reviewed by john zimmerman 8/21/2004
a grand write, my friend --

i hate being labeled
for labeling reduces me
to an "it"

love the ending

john+
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 8/21/2004
Yes...I agree Regis,how wise you are to see it,I too have been called 'child' and 'childish' and luckily I have loved that so called insult.
If only we were all more like children and less like so called mature folk the world would definately be in a lot less trouble that it is right now.
I never really want to stop being a child at heart.
God bless you always fro this gem of a poem and always be you,you are a nice person and top poet.(Well...that's just my childish opinion,anyway!)
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 8/21/2004
What a lovely poem....labels are things most of us wear off and on throughout our lives - it's proving them wrong that makes us strong. I love the artwork too - what an achingly dear portrait....!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/21/2004
Your words and frienship are poured from a pure heart my friend!!

Warm love and hugs from a rainy South Africa!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 8/21/2004
What a beautiful poem. enjoyed the read. thanks regis for sharing this wonderful poetry.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 8/20/2004
Beautiful! I enjoyed it very much!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 8/20/2004
Loved the way you turned this one, Regis. Well crafted indeed! Much enjoyed--even made me smile ;-)
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 8/20/2004
Excellent message, Regis...name-calling used to be a sport for school kids and it was cruel...now labelling according to modern psychology is a sport for pseudo informed adults...and it is cruel as well.

I second Robert's remark but would add...one must have a good sense of humor and deal with those people one thought one knew...or send them packing and find the right ones.

great work, Regis
Gina
Reviewed by jude forese 8/20/2004
it's important to always keep perspective of ourselves and not to be concerned with what others think who we are ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/20/2004
Regis, a glorious uplifting finale! Thank you for sharing!Blessings to you, good to see you!;-)
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 8/20/2004
This is awesome Reg, don't let what others say get you down!
Reviewed by John Banasiewicz Jr 8/20/2004
who hasn't been down this path of life..
Nice write
Tommy
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/20/2004
Love the way you ended this one!
Reviewed by A PAX 8/20/2004
confidence is what turned the intended negative label into a wonderful affirmation!!! Very cool!!! I like this!! A pleasure to read..........pax a (ps no need to send me a thank you note, i know you are polite and send them along, but I am trying to get my board clean........take care........Anita :) )

Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/20/2004
Very nice, Regis. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 8/20/2004
Ah Regis, I have MISSED you!!! What a lovely read this was. It's amazing how cruelly we can label one another, when all it takes is patience and a willingness to see the good in others. Hugs to you my friend...Michelle
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/20/2004
Now't wrong with child like qualities. I have them in abundance..
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 8/20/2004
Simply Because You Were LABELED,i.e. You Just Wrote Your Own TRUTH!

TRASK
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/20/2004
Right to the point.
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 8/20/2004
Always nice to be touched by truth!
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/20/2004
Reg
I developed thick skin a long time ago to the barbs of fools and knaves...
Great write my friend ...
Peter
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/20/2004
Exceptional write, Regis. I really love the message of this one.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 8/20/2004
such a wonderful write, Regis.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 8/20/2004
very profound and wonderful Regis...
i love the picture as well

ann
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 8/20/2004
this is absolutely wonderful
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 8/20/2004
Excellent write my friend! “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone!”
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 8/20/2004
Augh!!! Sweet, tender and a comfort that only knowing the child in one's self could convey. Never lose that awe....It is rare to still keep that child intact when you get older. That was a huge compliment and your words spoke thanks!
peace & harmony,
Susan
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/20/2004
Those that label are themselves labels of a different name...Ed
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/20/2004
(((regis)))

whoever pins labels on you doesn't know the regis i've come to know and love through your heart-touching poetry. this one made me cry. very powerful and emotional.

keep looking for those rainbows :)

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
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