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Human Still

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

I published this here many years ago and it's one of the few poems that I haven't sought publication for in literary magazines or even in my poetry collection that was released back in 2013. I don't think it's quite good enough a a standalone poem, though I may attempt to put it to music.

Still, it has it's merits and it seems to have taken on a new meaning when I read it again this morning.

So, in honor of World Poetry Day, 2017, I thought that I would give this one some new life.

I'd appreciate your thoughts but, more then that, I thank you for taking the time to stop by and read. Feel free to hang around for awhile.

So without further ado...

Human Still

you prop yourself up

higher and higher and higher

and higher

and i stand below

watching you scowl when i don't bow


from the apex of your hubris you cast your stones


don't do this

don't do that

i don't you say

you follow the laws like a remedy


you cast your stones and breathe your praises

your love letter

you seem to have forgotten you're human still


you're pushing me down lower and lower and lower

and lower

you're looking down

the weight of your halo

wounding you fatal


from the cushiness of your throne you cast your stones



all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price 2011.

Thanks for Reading.

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      Justin W Price 5 weeks ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      This is indeed beautifully expressed poem with deep thoughts and meaning! Your fine work shows your maturity as a poet.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks a lot NM. I've learned to treat HUBPAGES as a forum to get my writing out and make a few dollars. It makes it that much more enjoyable.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Audrey. I like that line too, though I worry that it's too preachy.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I write here for the same reason that I do most everything. I like to do it. I do hope the money follows...if not here then maybe somewhere else. Just don't stop doing what you like to do!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great write! This time I was struck by----

      you follow the laws like a remedy--

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you, Lady. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      Oh yeah!! Great poem. Great message.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you poetic fool. I'm glad you enjoyed this

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Simply awesome! I'm in a relationship like this right now. It's hard. These are great lines:

      the weight of your halo

      wounding you fatal

      from the cushiness of your throne you cast your stones

      Voted up and awesome, my friend!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Tooms- thank u!

      @ HappyBoomer- thanks. Unfortunately, growing up around of religious and political fanatics, I saw this a lot.

      @ Audrey- i appreciate the read. Thank u.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      the weight of your halo

      wounding you fatal

      Great imagery--Loved it!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Very profound and interesting. I agree with Sunnie that those who imagine themselves better than others and cast stones will quite natural have a great fall one day.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Me likey. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Amen Sunnie and thank you!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Oh for the one that sits high on his mountain casting stones..will certainly fall oneday..and thus become one of us the little ones...but we are not the little ones reallly..he just thought he was the big guy sitting on the mountain..it was only in his mind..

      Love this Justin...

      Sunnie

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you Duchess. That's quite the compliment

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      DrDuchess 5 years ago from Nowheresville

      This is simply amazing. No other words for it.

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      Andrea 6 years ago

      "You follow the laws like a remedy" I particularly love this line. And I can feel the frustration in the duality of "you cast your stones and breathe your praises" Wonderful writing. I enjoy it so much!

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