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by Anthony L. Greer
Monday, January 07, 2002

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How much more would we know
If we just reached out and tried
Reached out and sought new things
Went beyond our barriers and self-inflicted limitations
Seek to see what is not shown to us
But rather hidden in cornerís cause they know you wonít look there
Donít let society simplify our lives for us
And tell us what we need and donít need
What we need is knowledge
No one will give it to you freely
It has to be sought and a price paid for it
The constitution promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
But amongst the lies it doesnít tell you how much itíll cost
Or how much the tax is on happiness
We pay with our time
We pay with our mind
We even pay with our souls
Take the time to open your mind and free your soul
For knowledge is the key to expression
Expression is the key to happiness
Happiness is the key to peace
I need to write to express things in my heart and my mind
Cause if I donít I feel Iíll cease to exist
I will not know myself if I kept it all in
And denied my spirits release
So I write on the brutality of our people by police around the country
I write on the hatred America has shown us since the day they brought us here
I write on terrorism and the tragedy of our dark September
I write on misery and on the way I grew up in da hood
But I also write on life and happiness
I write on passion and the fire between souls
I write on love lost, found and forbidden
I write about God and his profound effect on my life
I write to express the good and the bad of the world
I write to express the uneasy thoughts I have
I search my soul and express myself
For no more than the reason of reason
For the reason of self
For the reason of expression
To ask myself the questions
Which lead me to seek answers
For knowledge

All feedback and criticism are welcome and wanted. I'm trying to enhance my skills as my topics get deeper and soul searches longer. I'm digging to come up with the best.

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Reviewed by DeAdera 3/12/2002
Generally I stand alone in how I view things. Kudoos for being able to include so many themes and topics in one poem. I do not think one could write it more eloquently. Why the 7 then? A 7 because I feel that you expressed so many themes that one has to struggle to focus on both the poem and your sentiments. It is very easy to concentrate on your various themes as opposed to the poem itself. When one truly enjoys reading, there is generally an intertwinement of the theme and the poem, as if they are one and then there is no concentration barrier. Aside from this aspect, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Michael Bauer (Reader) 1/8/2002
I really enjoy your style of writing. It's straight-forward, but still carries an artist flare.

Michael Bauer
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 1/8/2002
Your poem gives much food for thought. I also believe that education is a critical key to understanding the other perplexing phenomenon that you describe so very well.
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 1/8/2002
Reminds me of Walt Whitman, and that is a pretty high compliment... love this a lot, many ideas to ponder within its words... great job!
Reviewed by Afrika Abney 1/8/2002
A very descriptive and vivid write. Very well thought out and nice rhtyhm. Nice use of language and play with words. Keep it up and Much success in your writings and endeavors.
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