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Updated on November 18, 2015
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Under siege

Battle lines form

Dissolve, and then form again

Armies of words gather

Then retreat after a sentence or two

Political Correctness


Being judged and juried

I type, then backspace

Delete, re-write, pause

Somber thinking derails my mind

My lockstep is an unhealthy gait

I think instead

About the trolls

Those nameless ones who wait

No avatar

Foolish screen names

Pouncing on the comment

Not the actual piece


Anger in words

Stereotyping and categorizing

Are my facts correct?

I ask myself before hitting send

Deep breath


Seconds tick by

Just one upvote would make my day

Two, three, perhaps more

Would insure I’m correct


Perhaps sarcasm or wit

Instead of a real discussion

Maybe that’s the ticket to stardom

Or length

Sentence after sentence

Mountains of facts no one will read

Still waiting

Scanning the feed

I know the trolls are out there

Authors taking their lumps

Some flee

Others defend

On the battles go

Days and days of sparring

Or spamming

The commenters now the subject

Their posts


Some thoughts

On-line commenting has become a huge part of the internet world, serving as an opinion board, a fact checker, and also sadly a hate forum and place of ridicule and destruction for the newbie.


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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    I've always considered that we do a sort of tango online back and forth and around and it feels good when we can find online friends to interact with.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Nicely said Dana - cruel cowards indeed.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts !

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    That I cannot say - you're one of the rarest people I have ever had the opportunity to connect with as your words can change a person thought process with subliminal tell me my friend, you tell me. Thanks for reading !

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    Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

    I used to get upset if I received a negative comment on a piece I've written. Now I don't care. If it's too bad I will ignore it. It's the sign of the times and really display the cruelty in the hearts of the people. In person they wouldn't dare say bad things to your face but on a compute they are free to be themselves- cruel cowards.

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    manatita44 2 years ago from london

    Yes, Bro.

    What can we do? Quite a clever and yet realistic Hub. Nice one, Ralph.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thank you for the kind comment! I personally love to read political news and it's like the Trolls don't even try to hide their disdain anymore - it's attack, attack, ridicule, attack some more

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    annasmom 2 years ago

    Timely considering all the bickering taking place on social media regarding the coverage of the attacks in Paris and the lack of coverage of attacks in Lebanon and other countries. I saw many a post berating people expressing their support for french people, under the guise that there is no sympathy or concern for victims in other places. Crazy and untrue, but these trolls need to stir the pot and use some pretense of moral or educational silly and pointless...but trolls live just hear/read their own words. If we pay them any heed instead of coming to some productive consensus and continue to rip each other apart...ultimately the trolls "win" I guess. Good write RJ!!

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks swalia & Bpop - I appreciate your taking time to read and share your thoughts !!!

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    Shaloo Walia 2 years ago from India

    You have beautifully expressed the dilemma of authors and the toll irresponsible comments take on them. Nice one!

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    breakfastpop 2 years ago

    Just hang in there. Eventually the trolls disappear and good people take their place.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The name calling, people acting elitist, or just plain stubborn are my biggest hang ups. Hubpages isn't too bad, but some of the political slanted sites are like writing in a war zone.

    Thanks for the comments Poolman !

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    Old Poolman 2 years ago

    The internet is a great source of misinformation as well as a great place to check facts. When I see negative comments from someone (Troll) who has never written even one hub, has no avatar, and a throw away name, I just put them on my ignore list.

    It is truly amazing how many even when presented with real facts will refuse to change their own opinion. It is like they are on a mission to make things go their way even though they have no way to make that happen.

    Most times they either start name calling, or proclaim the hub to be "stupid" and not worth their time. It is interesting how opinions can vary on most any subject.