When is enough, enough?
I’ve been having a lot of debates with an old friend.
We’ve known each other more than fifty years.
This friend is an evangelical, Christian conservative
that still believes Bush was one of America’s greatest Presidents
and the invasion of Iraq a stroke of genius
that would introduce democracy to the Middle East.
He also believes abortion is the same as murder.
He’s not alone in his beliefs.
I mentioned that the earth was over crowded
and kids should not be born into a world where hundreds of millions go to bed hungry each night.
His response, “Lloyd, we could fit the entire population
in Texas and have room left over.”
My reply, “Would you like to live next door to Ben Laden and his Islamic extremists?”
He didn’t reply.
Meanwhile, an angry Vietnamese man murdered more than a dozen people in the United States recently. That was the fifth killing spree in a month.
I’m sure the response will be a call for more gun control,
and I’m not moving to Texas with the rest of humanity.
When the time comes, I’ll find a cave hidden by ancient trees
After all, nature is man’s best friend.
Maybe I’ll take a dog along for company.
My Splendid Concubine
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|Reviewed by Patricia Martin
|Exactly. A mountaintop with only one way in, surrounded by concertina wire, protecting the last safe, sane, beautiful place on earth. And a cat.|
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
Lloyd interesting facts presented enjoyed your "Old Friends" presentation, great dialogue.
Perhpas the latter does not sound so bad come to think of it, smile.
All the best,
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Lloyd, you should have kept quiet about that cave, or else you gonna have the six billion with you, but then who knows where it is, it could be anywhere, your clue, ancient trees don't excist no more, another legacy of Mr. Bushler, especially in this country.
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
|Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
|uh... democracy! what good has it done for us? And we want to inflict it upon others! And Bush? There will be an extremely loud cheer coming in from the North when he is convicted and sentenced to hang for war crimes. You make some good points here in this 50 year debate between you and your friend. The fact that you are still friends suggests that there is hope for humanity after all. Our Dog, we never leave home without him. Cheers, J'nia|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Our future is our children, Obama said. If that is so, why are we killing them? Abuse; abortion; doesn't matter - we're killing our hopes for the future!
That being said, this poem raises many questions. Do we need more in Texas? Enough here, already. Believe me, I know: the NorthCentral part of the state is growing faster than can be kept up with. I want to move OUT.
Sorry I couldn't effectively review your poem - it's good, but raises too much controversy - half will agree with you, half with your friend - no one wins, I don't think. :(
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|I'm gonna take along a few dogs when I head for my cave. When you first met your friend more than 50 years ago, there were only about 2.5 billion people on Earth; today, there are over 6 billion, and many predict we will soon have 10 billion. Texas may be big, but the entire planet probably won't be able to provide enough food and fresh water for that many.
As for Bush, I truly hope he goes down in history as the very worst President we've ever had - an Iraq invasion based on lies, the horrendous Katrina Fiasco, and that guy bin Laden, who he never even went after, and who is still out there - laughing at us, today.
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|Lloyd, what's a cave without a book of verse?
Maybe the best way to win the argument with your friend
is to write your way out of it. Maybe you did. -gene.
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|In a way you both bring out very valid points yet as long as we allow illegals into this country we are all in danger, but we let them in to make up for the abortions because we lack the work force with each new year that passes. Give it some time and you will see that George W. Bush will go down in history as one of the best presidents for the simple reason there was never another blind attack on our soil under his watch. As for living next to Islamic extremists, we already are, you friends arguement is a valid one. Hope you forgive me for speaking out.
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
Is there room for me, too, in that cave? Please say yes. How well I can identify with this and yet I try and tell myself I shouldn't be disappointed with the world, I don't have that right...but I can't help it. Once again, your voice is strong and worthwhile.