A poem, A lonely Child on the street

He had a Father who also left the scene

Today i saw a child alone on a busy downtown street

Dirty clothing, no shoes on his blistered feet

His eyes dull with a look of despair

Visibly lonely, no one seemed to care

Him hopefully watching and waiting for a friendly smile

Looking worn and wary, stopping to rest awhile

His color a smokey light brown

His face displaying a grown-up knowledge, he'd seen that hateful frown

By those who told him, he was not a purebred

Reminded by both races, he was interbred

A white Mother, a black Dad who didn't stay around

His Mother on drugs, money spent where ever it could be found

Leaving him to mostly roam here and there

Looking for acceptance from someone somewhere

I thought as i watched him, if he only had someone who cared

Someone who didn't see color, someone who dared

To teach him to dream of a bright future ahead

When the word purebred would never be said

When the spoken word would be, you can do it instead !

I know of another young interracial boy

Who had dreams of greatness and unrelenting joy

He had a Father who also left the scene

But that didn't stop him, his unquenchable dream

He worked hard to attain a good education

Through persistence and true dedication

Made it to the top with unwavering belief

And just look at him now, President Obama, our beloved Commander in Chief.

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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Beautiful! Look at what that poor boy has faced in his first couple years. The slander and bigotry is awful.

I sometimes think Obama should be more bold, but he has had a steep hill. Thank you! Even Sacky says it is beautiful!

Up/Awesome/Beautiful


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maria.rose 5 years ago from Florida

Excellent, clear. And accurate information. You release the information at a very good rhythm and speed and are perfectly understandable .thanks a lot for sharing this.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Great poem. Obama is bold, but just like Clinton, the GOP will hate Everything he proposes as you notice they hate even proposals THEY (the GOP) proposed in the first place. Great poem and people can rise above adversity.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful poem. A true inspiration for so many that can achieve their goals through desire and diligence.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

This,to me,that fate is still a choice,though it may be collectively as a community of generosity or neglect.;)


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Voted up, awesome and beautiful. You have an amazing talent. This is a wonderful inspiration. Kudos!!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Ruby,

Brilliant and here's to rating your work up yet again.

I am amazed nearly every day at the talent there is here on HP and yours is included in them at the top of the list.

I mean that sincerely.

Take care my friend

Eiddwen.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Terry.. and yes, i agree. He needs to be bolder. He has a good heart and i guess it's difficult to get nasty, but sometimes i want him to scream. Thank you and tell Sacky.. She's sweet.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your writing is wonderful as always. Regardless of one's personal feelings about Mr. Obama, he is an inspiration of overcoming one's circumstances. Some people use a tough childhood as a crutch, he used it as a springboard.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

maria.rose, Nice to meet you. Thank you for commenting.. Happy that you thought it was understandable. Glad to share with you.

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bobbi, I know anything he wants to accomplish is blocked by the Gop. I admire him because, like me, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He struggled. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate you.

Cheers


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Jisblessed 5 years ago

Great poem, great articulation, great man and a great lady that wrote this. Stay blessed.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Just Ask Susan, Happy to see you. He is a great example for all who want to succeed...Eventhough one is not born into wealth, success can be yours with grit and determination. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Mentalist, Hello my friend. Happy to see you..Your comment is right on..Too many of the poor are looked over.. It takes a village.. ( I love That quote ) Thank you for reading.

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Fay, So good to see you. Thank you for your gracious comment. Your political stand inspires me to write about the outstanding accomplishments of our leaders..So much negetive criticism is launched against him every day..I just had to voice my approval of him, not only as our President, but of the man, who started out with three strikes against him, and yet he soared..Oh Lordy, i feel like i want to write another hub about him..LOL Thank you my friend. Kudos back atcha.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Eiddwen, Your comment is so gratifying. Thank you so much. When one of the best poets commplements my work..Well it just doesn't get any bettet than that.

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hyphenbird, Your comment is very true. I see a new pride in young people. I believe they see that not just the rich and powerful can rise to the top. Equality is so important in the minds of our youth. We don't have to be a Democrat to see that equality and equal treatment for all people is a basic human right. Thank you my friend

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Jisblessed, Nice to meet you. Thank you. I agree, he is a great man...I'm not anything special, but thank you. I write from my heart. I believe President Obama wants the very best for all people.

Cheers


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Beautiful poem, completely on target. Thank you for sharing.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

A.A. I love your comment. Thank you for taking the time to read. It is a pleasure to share with you.

Cheers


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Racism is a dirty word which hopefully will one day cease to exist.Whether we agree or disagree with his policies,the election of Obama to the presidency is proof that the color of your skin does not matter so long as you are qualified for the job.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

May i say, Amen to your comment...Being a Democrat or Republican is not the important factor here.. Treating all Races equally is the hopeful message attempted. Thank you very much.

Cheers


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

If more people were like you this world would be a much better place! Beautiful poem Ruby, but sad about the little boy!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Fossi, Thank you for the thoughtful comment...I'm hopeful that someday we will see people..Not color..There are a lot of white children who are left to fend for themselves too. There has been so much negative comments made about President Obama lately..I just wanted to give him a voice. I admire him very much and his family is beautiful..An example for us all. Thank you my Hippy friend.

Cheers


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I like your new profile pic! Who is that handsome fellow next to you?


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for these beautiful words. I think Mr Obama is a great person and I really hope he goes from strngth to strength. Racism and prejudice have no place in our world. But some people are able to rise above it, and for their examples I am ever grateful.

Love and peace

Tony


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Ruby what a beautiful poem , I just wish the man would stand firm to the GOP

God Bless


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jalawa03 5 years ago from Texas

Absolutely beautiful! Determination is the cure for adversities. Great read. Voted up!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Fossi, That handsome man is my Son Jackie. I told him he's making me look bad...Him with gray hair Hee Hee

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tony, So good to see you. I don't know if you see all the terrible things they say about him in Africa, but it just makes me sick. He tries so hard to do the right thing...He has to fight both parties. I didn't write this for a political statement..I wrote it for people to see that you can rise above any adversity..Thank you so much for reading my friend.

Love and Peace


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

How talented you are!!! This poem is wonderful!!!!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vet, I agree. I sometimes want him to scream..but he stays calm. It's up to the people...Voting is so important. Thank you my friend.

God Bless


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

jalawa03, Hello, Nice to meet you...I agree. Determination is the key..and he has that. Thank you for your kind words.

Cheers


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

drpastor, Hello my friend..So glad you liked my poem...Thank you for your generous comment.

Cheers


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh my how true, He's doing the best job possible and we can all continue to hold positive thoughts for him. Oh let all the nay sayers be ignored as we turn the other cheek, Obama seems to do this very well. I commend him for such grace. I relate to this and think it's beautiful. Who's the guy in the new profile picture, nice by the way! Thanks for the great poetry. :) Katie


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Katie, That's my Son Jack. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my poem..I'm thrilled that you like it. Take care my friend.

Cheers (:


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

During read this hub. I don't realize my tears falling. I remember my students. I can't imagine they life alone and struggle in facing the hard life and even very cruel with no companion like a parent. I hope government has solution and they deserve to live like other children. Very inspiring poem. You deserve to get my vote. Ruby... I love your new avatar with your husband. God bless you. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio:)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Prasetio, You have a kind heart. Thank you for commenting. The man in the avatar is my Son Jack. God Bless you too and have a great weekend also.

Cheers


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Hi, Ruby. I don't know that he is your son. Please send my warm greeting to Jack. Thank you very much! ~prasetio


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Prasetio, Thank you for coming back, you didn't have to. I knew you didn;t know he was my Son and that was ok. I will give him your warm greeting. You are a sweet person.

God Bless


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Prasetio, Thank you for coming back, you didn't have to. I knew you didn't know he was my Son and that was ok. I will give him your warm greeting. You are a sweet person.

God Bless


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I love you and your messages dear heart. God bless you Ruby.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Micky, I was afraid you weren't going to come to read. I know how you feel about politicians and i don't blame you. So many of them ( Both parties ) are crooks. I saw a video this week that had people with signs saying, " Muslin Nigger " One picture had him hanging by big fat lips. The people hated him because he was black. I'm sure they were all good church going folks. I get so mad sometimes i just have to not look. I really didn't write this for a political stance, I wrote it for people to see beyond color. Thank you Micky. I love you too.

God Bless


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Lovely tribute, Ruby! Politics aside, I'm a big fan of everyone with courage and determination. He seems like a genuinely good guy, and I'm glad he grew into his head. I think from that picture it's the same size now as it was when he was a kid. Love your new profile picture, and tell that brawny man companion I see in that picture not to forget to get you something for nurse's week. Retirement means nothing. Keep up the writing, Ruby!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aha Shannon, Good to see you..I had to go take another look at his head and you are right...It's the same. LOL You are funny..I feel the same. People who do nothing to help themselves, are sad indeed. I believe there is much we all can do to make this world a better place. Okie Dokie...I think i will tell him to send a box of chocolates..Hee Thank's for dropping by my friend.

Cheers


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

It is difficult but not impossible for a child to break free of the limiting beliefs fed to him by his parents and the society in which he lives. Our beliefs are what create our lives so for a man to break free of inherited beliefs and become what he chooses is rare indeed. This might account for why 10% of the world's population owns 90% of its wealth. Most of us still haven't figured out that we hold the key to release ourselves from our self imposed prisons. Thank you for voicing this in your empowering poem.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Spitit Whisperer, Thank you so much for voicing your uplifting comment. I agree, only we as a people can open our heart and mind to a better tomorrow. Hate and greed rule our nation. We must do something to change this, and i believe education is the key.

Cheers


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A thought provoking inspiring read, of what can be achieved by the drive of a determined heart.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello nighthag, Happy to see you. I was hoping that anyone who read this would see that all people are equal, and if given the chance, they could achieve a set goal. Thank you for reading and leaving a kind comment.


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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

This is so beautiful. I wish we had words that build, spoken to people more often than words that tear down a person. Looking at children in orphanages I have often wondered what would have been my fate if I was born born to such parents..I could have been in that place. It is the grace of God that keeps us where we are and we judge others not knowing we could have been there.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello shimmering Dawn. Nice to see you. Thank you for coming to read my poem about our President. Your words ring so true, a child born in povetry is sad and it takes a lot of courage to rise above it.

Cheers


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

WOW! Amazing...the same beginning and such opposite results. Yes...you've touched on something here. Very sensitive. And rings so true. Thank you.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Wow, Lucky Cats..You've spent a lot of time reading my hubs today..Thank you. I wanted people to see the contrast between the two, and you did!! I appreciate your comment. Take Care My Friend

Cheers


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Ruby, this was a truly great poem, I love Obama, I think he is such a lovely man, I don't know the politics of America or whether people dislike him because of that or his colour, but I think he is great, I believe that England is more multi cultural and we tend, on the whole apart from a few idiots, to either like or dislike someone for who they are, coloured or not, most people over here love him, cheers nell


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank's Nell. I think he is a good man who is trying to help all people. It's good to know that England is more open to all races. I'm hoping that will happen here someday. Take care my friend.

Cheers


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

No matter what the opposition might think of your Leader, he is still that Your Commander and Chief and the respect should be shown. It's his turn to come to the front and help turn your country around, get it back on it's feet and back to the status of one of the Greatest Nations on earth.

He has a Herculean task ahead and I wish and pray that he pulls it off. He is faced with many challenges and as a nation you all need to pull together and support your President. Thank you for sharing this wonderful caring poem, Bravo AE


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Ken, I'm so glad you agree that he deserves respect, after all, he's our President. I love your 'Herculean task' quote, and it's true..He faces an uphill battle. Thank you my friend..I'm glad you're back writing.

Cheers


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

I really love this piece written to honor and reveal that color is nothing but a color, now if only the rest could change their outlooks too, ...

Smiles and hugs,

MM


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Maggie, Your statement is true. We are all one in this world. The skin color only shows the diversity that God created. Thank you for reading.

Smiles and Hugs


joel 5 years ago

i ioved the poem


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello joel, Nice to meet you. I'm happy you loved my poem. Thank you for reading and commenting...Cheers


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

An important message here in this piece Ruby! We are all our brothers' keepers


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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

I was really drawn in to the first eight lines of your poem. I was surprised at the next couple of lines. I am not sure that anyone actually would say purebred or interbred? Would they? Is the world so coarse and ridiculous? I mean, all of us come from different lineages. Well, at least most of us have more than one nationality in our background. How many of us are purely Norwegian or Icelandic? There might be some, I guess, in the northern regions that are, but most of us are eight or ten different nationalities if we go back a mere 200 years on our family tree.

Voting up this thought-provoking poem up and useful. Useful because it shows how coarse and ignorant mankind can be and reminds us not to fall into those ways.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for you're courage to point out the inspirational good in this man that was mentally strong enough to overcome didfficult odds to become the President of the United States. The success of Mr. Obama also shows a great measure of good in Americans for electing him. Great Hub. GBY.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey, I'm so glad you came to read this and found an important message, that's what i hoped for..Thank you so much..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dahlia Flower, Happy to meet you. Yes, you are correct, i have, indian, German, and Irish lineage, but i must tell you that i hear the words, purebred and interbred spoken from people who hate. I heard these words frequently while growing up, and like you, was surprised that people still feel they are a superior race. Remember Hitler felt the same and there are people who honor him and his beliefs. Thank you so much and adding to this piece by commenting your thoughts..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Stars, Happy to see you again. I am glad you like this piece. I believe every word i wrote. I admire anyone who overcomes adversity and God knows President Obama has had his share. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your comment..Cheers..


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molometer 4 years ago

Simply beautiful and awesome Ruby. So eloquent.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Molometer, Your comment fills me with happiness. Thank you so much..Cheers.


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junko 4 years ago

always exploring, Only in America and only with Americans like you, the American is possible.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a great poem and beautiful thought. Even in this great office, the President has had so much racism directed against him. I hope this country gets past that one day, and I hope we have four more years of Obama too.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello junko, Your comment is very kind. Thank you. I would venture to say the same for you. Cheers my friend.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello xstatic, Nice to see you. Your words echo mine. I am hoping and praying that President Obama is reelected. He needs four more years to get things done. I worked to get him elected and am doing all i can this time. Thank you so much. I love to meet people who knows he is a good man and will do everything he can to lift this country up. Cheers


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Seriously, I wonder how such people get molded into becoming the president of a country. Such individuals have so much determination and courage to face the truth and still march ahead.

beautiful poem, Ruby. Loved it!

Voted up and shared across


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aww, Thank you Ruchira. I'm so glad you enjoyed. I appreciate you sharing..Cheers my friend..


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

Homeless child on the street is very common sight in my city. Once there was a child in Nepal, rejected by his father and society. Years later he became prime minister of the country.

This is poignant, yet beautiful poem.

Have a wonderful week end.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Vinaya, Thank you so much for telling me about the child who was rejected. The fact that he became prime minister is wonderful. We never know how far a child can go if given a chance. Cheers my friend..


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@always exploring...Somehow poetic thoughts are always more profound through the use of a child or animal to convey the message. Nicely done!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Barb, Thank you for a nicely done comment, and I agree...Cheers


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Powerful poetry, I was also that little boy lieing there in the street trying to figure may way through things, and I am a product of an interracial couple as well.

So I know the feeling of my very family pushing me away, because they feel I am not 100% pure breed of either side, and so yes indeed motivation like no other was generated, and determination to bring every race together, and every creed together has also formed in me today.

Thanks for sharing such a graceful poem, you have touched my heart in a special way Always, god Bless you for this one.

Thumbs up and getting shared for sure.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dearest Ruby, Despite the differences in the political arena, there is hope for every child as they look upon our President's childhood and how far he came. That in itself deserves respect. This is not an easy road for anyone who is of mixed heritage, I know, as I have two adopted children that went through so much, having to deal with being of a mixed heritage. I pray our world continues to embrace diversity and no longer use some of the lingo that has been used to demean another human being..I always told my children to be proud of their diverse background and should they meet an ignorant person, to pray for them. Lovely poem in so many ways.

Hugs

Sunnie


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Temi Benjamin 4 years ago from Europe.

Beautiful!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, What a pity when family turn away. God bless you. You echo my hopes that someday the color of skin will be looked at as the beauty of diversity. I am so happy that it touched you. Thank you for telling me..Cheers my friend...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sunnie, God bless you for adopting children of another race. You are special, I hope you know that. I think you read my hub about my Grandson Marrying a black girl, ( Heslyn ) They are so happy and love each other completely. I do think people are changing, esp. the younger generation, although there will always be racism due to ignorance and hate.Thank you so much for reading and commenting..Hugs my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Temi my new friend. Thank you for a beautiful comment..Cheers


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Ruby, what a lovely & outstanding tribute to basic respect for all children and people, no matter the misfortunes of their birth or upbringing. If an Earth were to be judged by how it's caring for its own - (all of them) - too, too often it would fail miserably. Of course, "the Earth" IS its members, each acting as an individual. There is where improvement is possible, as so many good people demonstrate.

I so admire and respect our President for what he's made of himself as a person, first of all. That kind of faith and determination fits his role as Leader of the Free World, where all the diversity of race, beliefs, status is included and must be respected look to him for example and leadership.

No disrespect to his opponent, but MR. PRESIDENT deserves a second term to fulfill his destiny. In the first much has been accomplished, despite what might be described as, at best, unsportsmanlike reactions and blockages to him as the President has worked calmly, diligently with amazing personal dignity to right the horrendous conditions in progress when he took office, dedicated to a better balance the country, from its roots and through its high developed of the present.

The nature of those already prevailing conditions which had shook and were shaking the very foundations and roots of our country which were already in full force when he took office has required innovative solutions which also needed to reflect his dedication to the good of all the citizens he represents as our President. I look forward to his being able to continue pursuing his ideals and practicality in dealing with these mammoth challenges which continue to impact our country, such as the present devastation from Hurricane Sandy. As leader, it's his burden, as have been any and all changes within his first term - and will be in the second and always thereafter.

We all individually bear some responsibility for the current conditions of our country, by the way. Many of us complain about economic conditions, while millions are being blown on frivolous entertainment and nonessentials by many of those same folks claiming economic personal disaster. The astronomical flow of money on such things from the huge number of participants is too large to be done only by those who enjoy good jobs and discretionary wealth. Something doesn't 'add up' even for someone whose strong suit isn't mathematics! The miracle is that many are responsibly dealing with circumstances & helping others dear with them.

Perhaps we all need to tighten our bootstraps and do what it takes to rise out of tight conditions by exercising realistic self-discipline and clear-headedness, as our forebears did to build the country out of the wilderness. Most of us have forebears we may even have known who did sacrifice for their personal portions of that massive effort. Today there seems to be a lack of awareness that 'if it is to be it is up to me' - to share the challenges of our country's leaders to rise out of the current situations.

I've been a Republican all my adult life, beginning with the 1952 election, which involved very serious issues of national safety and consequences. I'm proud to have supported Barrack Obama in 2008 when his voice of reason shone above the throng; and I have done so in early voting now in 2012.

I seldom, if EVER, engage in political debate but this time we face moral & realistic decision, not simply political, - as perhaps are all elections for those who are to be entrusted to lead our country. It's to that I'm emboldened to speak now.

I promise, though, that WHOEVER is elected in 2012 will deserve and receive my respect as my President, unlike what's been a shameful prevalent response by the election-losers to the 2008 electee who now sits in the top office & during the past 4 years throughout his term.

That ugly effort to diminish 7 oppose his Presidency HAS embarrassed me deeply for the fellow countrymen who have constantly smeared and resisted the results of the actual 2008 election and those who have promoted that dissonant grumbling. Not only is it unsportsmanlike but it's pathetic, in my humble opinion. Most of all, such behavior insults the ideals of democratic process in the choosing of our leadership. Engaging in it is patently unpatriotic and chips away at our country's foundations.


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LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Bless You for this beautiful tribute to a courageous leader. Thank you!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Nellieanna, You have given me much to ponder and comprehand . I know without a doubt that he was elected because we need to come together as a nation. Hatred towards the black community has gone on much too long. When i listen to him, i see a new beginning for our country, possibly we can learn to love others who have different skin color. I truly believe that greed has taken over our country. Thank you so much for reading my piece. I appreciate your comment more than i can express in mere words. Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lilly, So good to see you again. Your words speak volumes. Thank you for coming to read my tribute to our president. Cheers my friend..


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toys-everywhere 4 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

Hi Ruby,

Thanks so much for your comment on my poem--I appreciate your compassion. It is a lovely trait to have. (:

I really liked this poem, both in terms of form and its subject matter. It's quite a brilliant piece of work. I think the topic has become even more poignant today given the upcoming elections; though I've never been too passionate a fan of any politician except those who are now dead, I tend to support Obama over Romney lately. He seems more rational to me, somehow. I think your poem also really brings to light why he seems to have more pride in America than his opposer does. Like a lot of people nowadays, the president knows what it is to rise from the ashes. Coming from the gutter gives you a drive, a passion, and a relentlessnes that knows no bounds--and the pride of knowing all that you've overcome. Your poem reminded me of that...I sorely needed it today. Thanks, Ruby. (:


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello toys-everywhere, I am thrilled that you came to read my piece . I really believe in the president. I am happy that you can relate. Your words fill me with pride and a hope for a better tomorrow. Thank you..


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Always, this is a thought-provoking and inspiring poem. No matter what different people may think of politics, everyone must surely agree that President Obama's is an inspiring story of hard work and overcoming obstacles. Is that a picture of President Obama as a child?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mollymeadows. Yes that is a picture of the president . I found it on the internet, and i agree with your statement. I admire him and his achievements. Thank you so much for coming by my page..Cheers..


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Aisha Jilani 4 years ago from Lahore

a lovely poem written for truly a great leader. keep it up


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Aisha, Thank you so much. I am so happy to find another believer in the president, Thank you. I see you are following me. Thank you. Happy to follow my friend..


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QudsiaP1 3 years ago

Just goes to show how miracles happen and we must never give up on hope. :)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Qudsia, I agree, hope is everlasting. Thank you


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Very nice poem Ruby! Your Nation's President is a role model for all of us to survive in tough times. Thanks for sharing this great poem.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, I am happy to share something that i wholeheartedly believe. Thank you for coming to read..Cheers my friend...


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby, I stopped by to say hello.

Have a great Sunday.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Vinaya, So good to see you on a Sunday..Thank you..


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TurtleDog 2 years ago

Nice post! Always follow your dreams


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello TurtleDog. Nice to meet you. Thank you for spending time on my page....Cheers.

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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