(some time ago / Earth, i believe)

August 2018 Showcase Of Special Poems On Poem-Hunter..[ Theme, If Any, Undecided, But Bri's Brain Has Been Chided! ; Time To Start Another " Show "! ! ]

Ok! "Chide" is a bit strong indeed, but time can "fly",
and I may be ‘away' from PC several days; that's WHY…
I'll at least compose my intro-poem.Then I can sleep …
tonight, knowing I'm not another procrastinating-poet-CREEP! !

Shall I devote the next ‘show' to PH poets in India land?
OR shall I devote it to Bri Edwards, which WAS my plan …
till I realized there would be a HUGE "hue and cry" ….
with shouts of: "We've had ENOUGH of THAT guy, …Bri! ! "

If any who read this could in any way help ‘old Bri' out,
please "be my guest". Don't worry, as I shall NOT pout …
if any (or all)responders ‘vote' against my first show-plan.
I'll just take you, and You, and YOU, off My Friends list! !

You doubt that I can?


(July ….15th ….2018)

PLUS:

OK, it's days later, almost two whole weeks, back at PC.
I've chosen many poems to use; I'm ready 'as can be'!
NOW the 'tedious' part begins: putting all in order for you.
I've decided on my poem plan, and there are more than a few...

...poems, VERY SHORT, of various topics written by PH friends,
AND longer ones 'about' "racism"! The fun I have never ends! !

(July...26th...2018)

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If YOU are not familiar with my/(our)showcases, feel free to
read some of my older ones, in which I have often explained
'the process' a bit.OR JUST send me your questions, ...if you
are curious enough. I do accept poems offered by PH members IF
I feel they are 'appropriate' and 'up to par'.

Thanks.bri :)

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SECTION ONE:

POETS' NAMES (as found on PH)AND THEIR POEM TITLES:

(listed, in two "categories" this month, in the order in which I
plan to present the texts of each poem, in the section which
follows this section)

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CATEGORY # 1: "VERY SHORT" POEMS BY PH MEMBERS (mostly, or all, of
these poems are by poets on my 'friends' list)

POETS' NAMES (as found on PH)AND THEIR POEM TITLES:


a - Valsa George: Limerick- 99. Not A Lie

[[ I also recommend these by Valsa G.:

Limerick- At The Hospital

&

Limerick- A Priest's Dilemma ]]

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b - Loke Kok Yee (or 'yee'; hee-hee) : Haiku-Insects On A Wall

[[ I also recommend these by LKY/y:

Limerick-Less Endowed

&

Limerick-The Tippler ]]

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c - Kelly Kurt: The Nutty Processor (Limerick)

[[ Kelly also has more good limericks, but you may
'have to be' a scientist to understand them! ]]

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d - WES Vogler: (limerick) When The Staff Is In Charge

[[ WES is another poet to watch, for 'very short' poems ]]

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e - Kim Barney: Limerick: Bounce Back

[[ Yeah, yeah, Kim may have quite a few also! ]]

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f - Bharati Nayak: Short Poems

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g - Rose Marie Juan-Austin: Cold Heart

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h - M.J. Lemon: Old Woman, Lipstick

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i - Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black: Limerick: The Industrious Squatter

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CATEGORY #2: "RACISM" POEMS, mostly found in the list compiled by PH
of poems with a topic of "racism" according to PH.

POETS' NAMES (as found on PH)AND THEIR POEM TITLES:

j - willow moon pearce: Taught Racism

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k - Francis Duggan: Racism Is Around Me Everywhere

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l - Alam Sayed: Translation Of Racism Is Around Me Everywhere-By Francis Duggan

আমার চারপাশে ছড়িয়ে আছে জাতিবিদ্বেষ - মূল: ফ্রান্সিস ডুগান

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m - Cynthia BuhainBaello: Racism In Poetry

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n - Saiom Shriver: Weeding: Plant Racism

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o - elysabeth faslund: Paula Deen...Racism


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[...and 'last' and PERHAPS "least" '..... ]:

p - Bri Edwards aka Brian Edward Whitaker:

Prejudiced? Who? Me? ? .....[personal; Human Nature; Racial Prejudice]






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SECTION TWO:

The POEM TEXTS ['in full']:


CATEGORY # 1: "VERY SHORT" POEMS BY PH MEMBERS (mostly, or all, of
these poems are by poets on my 'friends' list)

VERY SHORT POEMS [TEXTS]:


a - Limerick- 99. Not A Lie - by Valsa George


Limerick- 99. Not A Lie

To the husband asked his crazy wife
'Have you slept with other women in life'?
He said- 'Only with you dear
With others, awake...! Why fear'?
Happy was she and it ended their strife!

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b - Haiku-Insects On A Wall - by Loke Kok Yee


Haiku-Insects On A Wall

Bright lights lots of friends
Having a great time and fun
Then a gecko came

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c - The Nutty Processor (Limerick)- by Kelly Kurt


The Nutty Processor (Limerick)

Your rusted robot tried to kiss you
Then said, "When you're dead, I will miss you"
Its shrink said, "Don't panic
Go to a mechanic
It's simply a metal health issue"

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BRI'S NOTES: Perhaps Kelly, like myself, saw a 'crazy' movie starring
Jerry Lewis decades ago (1963)while we were both kids. Or maybe he
saw the 1996 version with Eddie Murphy.Title: The Nutty Professor

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d - (limerick) When The Staff Is In Charge - by WES Vogler


(limerick) When The Staff Is In Charge

Our local news station's been bought by the staff
Professionalism? Oh, don't make me laugh
Nieces and nephews I'd guess
In this amateuristical mess
The nepotismatical depths of a gaff


After giving the latest report
They giggle, guffaw and they snort
We may not desire em
But who's gonna fire em
Would... I could... the whole group abort

(each one considers him/herself a comedian)

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BRI'S NOTES: WES may have used "poetic license" to
create two fanciful and enjoyable words ending in "-cal".
And I'd say "em" is used here for "them", but I'd use...
" 'em ". And "em" (no apostrophe) is [as I've just learned]
a unit of measurement used in the printing business!

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e - Limerick: Bounce Back - by Kim Barney


Limerick: Bounce Back

When you make some colossal mistake
And your buddies all think you're a flake,
Have courage, my friend;
It isn't the end.
The secret is, bend but don't break.

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f - Short Poems - by Bharati Nayak


Short Poems

Poem-1
Sweltering Summer
Concrete roads slither
A cuckoo coos

Poem-2
The sky darkened
Rain lashing window panes
I sip hot coffee.

Poem-3
The big banyan tree
Spreading its branches
A cow resting under.

Poem-4
A dark cloud hangs
Golden sunrays scattered
A rainbow appear.

Poem-5
Night falls slowly
Trees, mountains, rivers disappearing
Stars twinkle in the sky.

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g - Cold Heart - by Rose Marie Juan-Austin


Cold Heart

She will never ever
Let Cupid prick her heart again
For love had put her
To heaven and hell.


**(Copyright 2018, Rose Marie Juan-Austin, All Rights Reserved)

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** BRI'S NOTES: I'm taking a chance (by using this 'copyrighted'
poem)without getting permission [yet].But our lawyers can fight
it out! ! !:) [I will remove it AND apologize, IF that will
keep me out of prison.]Thanks, 'ahead of time', to Rose Marie &
all other poets! ! !I DO have 'heavy-hitting lawyers!

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h - Old Woman, Lipstick - by M.J. Lemon


Old Woman, Lipstick

Old woman, lipstick
many rituals won't die
even when looks fade

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BRI'S NOTES: I THOUGHT IT SOUNDED 'HAIKUISH'! ! BUT IT IS, as stated
on the poem's page, SENRYU:

"Definition of senryu. plural senryu.: a 3-line unrhymed Japanese
poem structurally similar to haiku but treating human nature usually
in an ironic or satiric vein." (as always, "Thanks, Google! ")

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i - Limerick: The Industrious Squatter - by Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black


Limerick: The Industrious Squatter


There once was a mole I named Digger

It wanted to make its home bigger

It dug up the neighbor's yard

in multiple piles it worked hard

Alas! Rest in peace little digger.


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CATEGORY #2: "RACISM" POEMS, mostly found in the list compiled by PH
of poems with a topic of "racism" according to PH.

POEM TEXTS:

J - Taught Racism - by willow moon pearce


Taught Racism

Children are born blind to hate and bigotry
With their big smiles and loving ways
They are taught ugliness
By unthinking adults and overheard conversation
This makes them use words and terms that for generations
Have caused hate and bitterness
To our fellow man.

Yes, they are taught, not born
To this social cancer.
I once asked a black friend how he would like
To be addressed?
Black, afro-american or just coloured.
No he said - just call me friend.

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k - Racism Is Around Me Everywhere - by Francis Duggan


Racism Is Around Me Everywhere

Of human ignorance I am almost in despair
For racism is around me everywhere
But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss
Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Some people carry their honour in a flag
And of their Nationality they brag
They feel superior and they differentiate
And against those who are different they discriminate.

So many people still judged by their race
For such there never ought to be a place
'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall
There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'.

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BRI'S NOTES: I saw several poems by Francis in PH's list of
100 poems with the topic "racism" [see the Home Page of PH]
See also Alam Sayed's translation, below; I believe it is
in Bengali.

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l - Translation Of Racism Is Around Me Everywhere-By Francis Duggan
আমার চারপাশে ছড়িয়ে আছে জাতিবিদ্বেষ - মূল: ফ্রান্সিস ডুগান - by Alam Sayed


আমার চারপাশে ছড়িয়ে আছে জাতিবিদ্বেষ - মূল: ফ্রান্সিস ডুগান

আমি প্রায় হতাশ মানুষের মুর্খতা নিয়ে
কেননা আমার চারপাশে জাতিবিদ্বেষ সবখানে রয়েছে ছড়িয়ে
কিন্তু ঐভাবে লোকে যেমন বলে ডাহা অজ্ঞতায় রয়েছে বেহেশতী সঞ্জীবনী
ঠিক যেভাবে এক চুম্বন দিয়ে জুডাস করেছিল বেঈমানি।

কিছু কিছু লোক তাদের সম্মান পতাকায় তুলে ধরে
এবং তাদের জাতীয়তা নিয়ে বড়াই করে
তারা হামবড়া আর তারা তৈরি করে বিভাজন
এবং যারা ভিন্ন তাদের চেয়ে তাদের প্রতি করে বৈষম্য প্রদর্শন।

কিছু কিছু মানুষকে এখনো জাতপাত দিয়ে বিচার করা হয়
যেন এমন মানুষদের কখনোই কোন দেশ থাকা উচিত নয়
‘সমতা ও ন্যায্যতা'র ঐ মিথ্যা স্লোগান আমার পড়ছে মনে
‘সবার জন্য সততাও ন্যায্যতা' বলে কিছু নেই এ ভুবনে।

যদিও আমরা থাকি তথাকথিত এক গণতন্ত্রে
আমরা কখনো মুক্ত হব না জাতিবিদ্বেষ থেকে
তারা তোমাকে বিচার করে তুমি এসেছ কোত্থেকে তা এবং তোমার গায়ের বর্ণ দিয়ে
অনেকের কাছেই সমতা ও শ্রদ্ধা অর্জন করা মনে হয় অসম্ভব বলে।

মার্টিন লুথার কিং এর দিন গত হল কিছুদিন হল
তার নাম স্মরণে এল
তিনি যদি জাতিবিদ্বেষের বিরুদ্ধে লড়াই করতে না চাইতেন
তবে এই মহাত্মা আজো বেঁচে থাকতেন।

ক্ষমতার লাগাম টেনে ধরে আছে এমন বেশিরভাগ লোকের নাই আত্মিক চেতনা
এবং আমার চারপাশে ছড়িয়ে আছে জাতিবিদ্বেষের ঘটনা
এবং জাতিভেদ কেবল তাড়িয়ে নিয়ে চলে যুদ্ধ ও বিভাজনের দিকে
আর শুধু আঙুল দিয়ে দেখিয়ে দেয় কিছু মানুষের অজ্ঞতাকে।
অনুবাদ: আলম সৈয়দ।

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BRI'S NOTES: Thanks, Alam, for making this poem available
to those whose language is 'yours'.:)

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m - Racism In Poetry - by Cynthia BuhainBaello


Racism In Poetry

Prejudice cannot be hidden,
Arrogance for the color of skin.
Its ugly head is here again
Racism is lurking within.

Disguised as mere poetry
Seething hatred shouts,
Name calling carelessly-
Gangrene inside out.

Our blood is all red-colored
Our hearts all colored rainbow,
Racist poems you authored
Your character, they show.

I was not brought up to be mean,
To racism I am not bent,
If that's where you have been
It's such a waste of your talent.




'A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, a man of understanding is even-tempered.'

Proverbs 17: 27

'Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.'
Proverbs 10: 14
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(May 3,2008 Tarlac City)

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BRI'S NOTES:I don't know who she is writing about. Honest!

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n - Weeding: Plant Racism -by Saiom Shriver


Weeding: Plant Racism

Weeding,
whispered the Great Spirit,
is plant racism.

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o - Paula Deen...Racism - by elysabeth faslund


Paula Deen...Racism

What racist named her a racist?
What bigot underscored her bigotry?
Racism is something held by all,
black or white or mixture.
What is in a word?
Racism?
Or maladjustment...

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BRI'S NOTE: Paul Deen, an American 'personality', was
vilified for using the word"" I think, several
years ago. I don't know the 'whole, true story'; I was
NOT 'there', and I can't 'see into people's 'hearts or
minds'. So I am not defending or accusing he(P.D.)of
anything, except being "the news" for a while.

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And lastly:


p - Prejudiced? Who? Me? ? .....[personal; Human Nature; Racial Prejudice]
- by Bri Edwards


Prejudiced? Who? Me? ? .....[personal; Human Nature; Racial Prejudice]

I'm a white guy, aged 64, raised in a small town way up north.
Do some thoughts I have about blacks signal prejudice coming forth?
First I'd say NO, but then again I'd say YES.
But such thoughts, by both whites and blacks, are normal I would guess.

What thoughts am I now referring to you will probably ask.
To answer that sensible question will put my mind to task.
My interactions with blacks, I think, no prejudice does reveal.
And the rare times I have 'prejudice' thoughts, I think they're no big deal.

Do you wish to know of what my 'pre-judged' thoughts consist?
I'd almost rather not tell you. But, if you insist.
I sometimes think''; when and where I grew up that was a 'bad' name.
I also think of them as different though people are the 'same'.

And here is where I say 'I don't like generalization'.
By 'same' I mean neither all blacks nor all whites are 'the same' in this nation.
So whites and blacks can both be smart or stupid, mean or kind;
within each 'race' criminals and 'saints' you'll find.

I wasn't raised to either love or hate blacks. My parents seemed not to judge.
And I've changed my mind again; I'm NOT prejudiced. From THAT opinion I shall not budge!

Then why you ask do I sometimes think'' when I think of a black?
I think it's due to both a primeval urge to break society's rules, and to the 'thought-control' I lack.
Luckily I don't act out my 'bad' thoughts. I might be in jail now if I had.
When in grade school, a boy said I called him''. The accusation made me sad.

(2012....I think)

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POET'S NOTES(same as author's for this poem) :
From my poem's PH page (with minor additions) :

"the poem is true. i think the black boy with whom i had a confrontation outdoors over a kickball, when i was in fifth grade, was in what was referred to as the 'ungraded class'. i think he was a 'little slow', as i believe they said in those days. not only did he give me a black eye (i didn't touch him; well, my FACE touched his fist) , but when he and his teacher came outside my classroom door to talk to me and my teacher, i actually cried after i heard what he said i had said (which i hadn't "said", really!) . i now am happily married to an asian woman and have two asian step-daughters. one of my brothers and his wife adopted two girls, one hispanic and one 'black'. no problem there. my sister has a daughter-in-law who is asian. in college i had a blind date (well i had seen here before i think but didn't really know her)with a black girl. a few years later i believe i gave an innocent kiss to a black girl, a coworker, after work; if i hadn't been so inexperienced i might have tried for more. yeah, i'm a hell of a guy, as you can see! not that you asked.
i just reread this, months after submitting it. i should say that the 'BAD' THOUGHTS for which i might end up in jail are/were not racial thoughts but sexual thoughts or thoughts of being a burglar or murderer or something like that."

BEW:)

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Thanks, Readers, and Contributing Poets! !

Come next month, if you wish to, and see if there IS a September showcase.
THANKS.

BRI :)

The End (for August)

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Comments (7)

A collection of nice poems.
An uphill task, well performed. Appreciate your great effort.
Quoting JENNIFER MILITELLO Dear sir, your air of authority leaves me lost. Eases me from a place of ease....
Bri, this is an excellent showcase. So many short poems allows and affords the opportunity of sampling some of the themes and insights writers may develop at some length in other works. This showcase reminds me of something Tom Hanks once said in a movie. And poor Digger....alas, barely got to know him....
Thank you for including my limerick in your showcase.I enjoyed reading all the poems and your poems are funny..
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