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Painting by Cliff Joseph

Im prone to exaggerate a bit
In fact, most of the time.

We don't diminish experience much,
We're prone to exaggeration.

Reality pales with its age,
but not its storied station.

Some stories end in death,
with no one to ever tell.

If only there were living dead,
to rise and describe their hell.

Some stories are suppressed,
never to be revealed.

Some stories are carefully crafted,
like fine steel is annealed.

Stories passed by word of mouth,
so often get confused.

And then the stories are written down,
so that the confusion can be sealed.

A good story can become a legend.
With the power to be of use.

Legends keep the people happy,
and keep them long amused.

When woven into rituals,
so easily to be abused.

The exaggeration of patriotism,
is way beyond control.

But when tuned to feed the frenzy,
the meek become the whole.

Rise up and strike the enemy down,
with only what's in our soul.

My country, right or wrong,
without clear reason,
presents a cowardly role.

Copyright 2010 Ronald W. Hull


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I appreciate the wisdom of the philosophy that you have shared through your verses here, Ron. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
Ron this is a most utterly powerful expression
and being in truth too.
I love what Richard Orey has stated also

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
No exaggeration here, fine work, uncomfortable message for some. Just ask anybody who went to Vegas how much they LOST and you'll see a classic example of diminished experience exaggeration. Patrick
Reviewed by E T Waldron
One wonders what we would do without exaggeration, even though it is sometimes way too much;-)Excellent poem, Ron!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Oh Ron without exaggeration little or nothing would be interesting. Enjoyed the poem much. You are so right about exaggerated duty and patriotism. Makes me think.
Reviewed by jude forese
exceptional poem, Ron ... it has a clear and powerful message ...
Reviewed by Jon Willey
Truth is such a relative value with a plethora of factors to be considered. Value programing makes a thing neither right nor wrong. Simply interpreted differently depending upon the individual's value programing. Perspectives are like veiled women. Often difficult to understand and assess. As for patriotism, I prefer esprit de corps as the semantical descriptor of choice. Ignorance and prejudices walk both sides of the street on that issue. For anxiously waiting at every curb is anarchy. Balance is the key to understanding the views. Certainly there is no black and white in this arena. Only that lovely shade of gray. Another great and stimulating piece of work from one of the den's finest. Thanks for sharing this work Ron. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I too find this to be quite the of or maybe your very best...enjoyed...e
Reviewed by Richard Orey
OMG, I loved "Exaggeration" more than anything I've ever read in my whole life. Ever! Honest! It's dazzling, thrilling and destined to be an American Classic.

And the painting you posted? Like being there in person.

I won't eat or drink until "More Exaggeration."
(I make no promises about sex.)

Thanks for making this the best Sunday of my life.

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