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Abandonment
by larry r linville

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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written after driving through a part of the slums which had one been a very active part of the city.

I took a drive through the old part of the city
Where the run down houses were not very pretty.
Abandonment is present where beauty once shone
It turned once grassy lawns to litter and stone.

These bad conditions did not happen over night.
One by one each added to the growing blight.
There are many reasons for this sad condition
Neglect heads the list that killed this proud tradition.

Buildings are not the only victims of this scene.
Abandonment of people is even more obscene
Damage to the buildings is obvious to see
But people’s poor condition is the vital key

There are many churches who have abandoned folks.
They are like a pretty wheel with some missing spokes.
Once peoples lives soared with hopes and faith so high.
Abandoned by the members, their faith had to die

A church may have stained glass windows shining so bright
But the life of many members may be an ugly sight.
Abandonment has built a dangerous façade
And the final blow comes as they abandon God.


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Reviewed by Walt Hardester 10/18/2007
I am reminded of a line from the movie "The Stand," when Gary Senise' character, "Stewart" said to Mother Abigail, "I don't believe in God." To which she replied, "But God believes in you."

People may abandon God, but he will never abandon us.

Walt
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 10/17/2007
poverty instills fear in the basic human needs - shelter, food, survival - they have forgotten that spiritual work can heal those fears by releasing it all and trusting god...Are today's churches in need of their own spiritual upliftment to inspire the abandoned?
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/16/2007
Very true I am sad to say. You can see the disillusionment in their eyes, even when they tilt their heads downward. Very poignant piece....

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 10/16/2007
Larry, so much truth in your poem, I do believe the root of many of the problems in our world start by poor parenting...so many people are caught up in their own bad habits and they neglect their children & the children end up raising themselves and this is passed down through generations of that child and this brings about the many slums, robberies, dishonesty, etc. It's not easy for a child to have no basis in life and without a basis things erode in their lives and it is passed down.
Reviewed by D Johnson 10/16/2007
Larry, you've touched on one of my "big hurts in america" issues and there are no easy answers to it's solution...but it is a blight on the goodness of our country.

Very effective writing.

Peace,
Dan
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/16/2007
May the abandoned be found.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/16/2007
We have truly abandoned far too many things in this once great nation of ours, and many of these things are what once made our nation so great. I often wonder how we've strayed so far from the right path, and I sadly wonder if we'll ever find it again.
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