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  Ode to the Underdog
by Mr. Ed
Monday, February 20, 2006
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One More for Ben,

Who Danced On Until the End




“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
And never settle for the path of least resistance;
Living might mean taking chances,
But they're worth taking;
Loving might be a mistake,
But it's worth making.”


Lee Ann Womack,

I Hope You Dance





It takes great courage


For the underdogs today


In a world gone mad



The greed in our world


Ever continues to grow


At astounding rates



The hatred in our world


Ever continues to grow


At horrifying rates



The coldness in our hearts


Seems to be expanding


And only Self matters now



We once loved our neighbors


Now we ignore their plight


Or we attempt to destroy them



We once respected Religious


Cultural and Lifestyle Diversity


Now we demand Uniformity



Now we want to crush


Anyone or anything


That we perceive to be in our way



So I salute the underdogs


For their brave tenacity


To never crumble



Under oppression


Under constant ridicule


Under threat of death



It would be much easier


To simply cave in


Or to look the other way



It would be much simpler


To become part of the problem


Than to struggle against it



But underdogs never give up


They persist against all odds


Self is always last



Though true compassion


Seems to be out of modern fashion


- They dance on to the very end -



“Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter;
When you come close to selling out,

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance.”




©2006, Ed Kostro




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Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 12/18/2012
"Our collective strength lies in compassion. We share what little we have. We are the underdogs of humanity"
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 7/14/2006
Perfect picture for a brave Underdog! I love it!
Reviewed by Lin Edwards (Reader) 2/23/2006
Brilliant Ed. Well said.
Reviewed by J M 2/22/2006
One of my favorite songs......... This poem is as all of yours a plea for life changes for our fur and wing bearing friends thank you so much for your compassion!!!!!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/21/2006
quite a picture Ed, hope the legs on that chair hold, hehe. touching piece
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/21/2006 said it well.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/21/2006
Bet I know what that poor dog was praying ... please, chair, please don't break. LOL! I always cheer for the Underdog, Ed.

This is a very inspiring poem ... glad to see your chin up, my friend. Love the Lee Ann Womack song ... so simple yet so full of wisdom for all ages.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/21/2006
hats off to all the underdogs and to you Ed, for writing this stunning tribute to them. i would aspire to be more like the underdogs in your poem.
Reviewed by jude forese 2/20/2006
a strong message expressed flawlessly ...
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/20/2006
I love everything about this, Ed. It seems that those of us who were raised "old school" find it increasingly difficult to keep quiet and not rock the boat. I think that integrity, respect and responsibility are all by lost to most of our youth and that saddens me. Who will mend the broken hearts and care for the earth and her creatures once we have gone?
Take care,
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 2/20/2006
Great song...great pic (hope that chair holds up) and great poem too!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/20/2006
A great and heartwarming tribute, beautiful written and, one hell of a picture!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Janet Parker 2/20/2006
Excellent write. Great picture :>)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/20/2006
Wonderful tribute to Ben!!

I can relate to the feeling of being the underdog!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/20/2006
Thank you Ed, I love to dance and do a lot of it
in today's culture!...Excellent poem and really
incredible picture (holy moly that's some roly poly;-)

Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/20/2006
A message of inspiration that all should heed...Ed
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 2/20/2006
Thanks Ed for telling it as it is - It is all so true - But we must keep on keeping on - the weak will overtake the strong - Remember the tale we were told as children of the rabbit and the tortise.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/20/2006
The underdog has the hunger and appetite for the battle as your late and great buddy Ben had Ed !
And the way to go is to leave it all up to God, then we become the independent observers !
I agree with Paul, marvellous picture
This is a stupendous start to my afternoon reviews !
Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/20/2006
I'm dancing to this one Ed, being an ardent supporter of the underdog (may have something to with being one from time to time). One should never underestimate the power of the underdog. Great piece, I love that pic.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/20/2006

I love it! Karla and myself can relate; we have been underdogs all our life, and we have had to fight tooth and nail to get where are at today! Very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/20/2006

Here's to the Underdogs. :) Beautifully written tribute to courage. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Love that pic. :)
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