The Coin

Go ahead and flip it
It doesn’t matter to me
I’ve lived on both sides
In calm waters and stormy seas

People call heads or tails
And watch their fate in the air
It could be right or wrong
It could be here or there

Give me both sides
Because that’s how I live
There’s no reason not to be real
I take as much as I give

People can’t make up their mind
The change how they think and look
They want the yin and the yang
It’s something they read in a book

I cross the tracks every day
With pride and without shame
No matter where I stand
I always feel the same

Give me both sides
Because that’s how I live
Do you think you can be real
If they show you how to forgive?

White and black living separate
One with hope the other desperate
A baby has to be taught to know its place
Why can’t we be human instead of just a race?

Give me both sides
Because that’s how I live
It’s time for us to be real
I wonder if you will forever misgive

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Poetic Fool 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your perspective in this poem, Suburban. I suppose that though we may try not to we all have no choice but to live on both sides. Embracing it really is the only way to live it fully. Excellent and thought provoking read! Thanks for sharing it.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

White and black living separate

One with hope the other desperate

A baby has to be taught to know its place

Why can’t we be human instead of just a race?

Give me both sides

Because that’s how I live

It’s time for us to be real

I wonder if you will forever misgive

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You have out done yourself! With such passive aggressiveness you state the reality of life never once letting it touch the lines of indifference. Wonderful!


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Berga 4 years ago from SKIEN

"They want the yin and the yang

It’s something they read in a book"

indeed "Why can’t we be human instead of just a race?"

HIT! LOL

of some reason i "hear " one of my favorite songs now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzYhkGurbDg


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Poetic Fool - Thank you! I agree with you. We have to embrace and once we do then we can live agreeable in all situations. It sounds simple but you have to humble yourself and see the good in everyone.

@Qusdia - Thank you and I love when people quote back to me what I have written. I am not indifferent. Every situation is art to me. Not in a pretentious way but in a way of experiencing life. Just today a maintenance man said, "They don't always work like they should." I thought this was so true about life and people. He was talking about a light bulb.

@Berga - Thank you! I'll have to listen to that song.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

"I cross the tracks every day

With pride and without shame

No matter where I stand

I always feel the same"

Great poerful inspiring poetry..

Sir I am in awe

The coin.. it always feels the same... cause every time, each moment it sees all the sides something has to offer... It is not kept from anything

Mesmerizing poetry Sir!

Respect!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@rahul - You are too kind man. It is a great feeling to have someone quote the poem back to me. I feel life is so random at times and we experience so many things that is makes me feel as if I am everyone all at the same time. I don't live just on one side or the other. I just live and I find my power from the fact that I can live freely and comfortably no matter where I stand.

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