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  Ode to the Underdog
by Mr. Ed
Monday, February 20, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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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,
Reconsider;


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
Ditto...you 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,
Joseph
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,
Sherry
Reviewed by Debby 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;-)

Love,
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 !
Peter
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
Ed,

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
Ed,

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

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

Love that pic. :)

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