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Miss America

Updated on February 28, 2011

How fitting for a homeless girl,

To attain our highest seat.

And yes she is a lovely child,

Innocent and sweet.

Humbling situations.

Adversity here, a struggle there,

Restrictions here, evictions there,

But look at how she’s fixed her hair.

What about that smile!

There’s little time to mope.

She’s such a bright light.

Her name could be hope.

I hope she becomes Miss America.

And I wish we all could vote.

From the homeless to the imprisoned,

But would the world take note?

And I wish the highest office,

That is coveted by man,

Was held by the humblest,

Homeless woman or homeless man.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Look diligently if you must,

But I can’t see common sense or beauty,

Coming from the upper crust.

Give me a good old homeless person,

For the highest honors that can be bestowed.

For they know how to walk the walk,

They’re already on the road.

~Micky Dee~

"Poised, focused, and beautiful!"

Nina Simone - Ain't Got No...I've Got Life

At 14, her father died of cancer.

Three years ago, her mother had a heart attack and was unable to work.

Another store is closing. Another job is lost.

Bills accumulated. Medical bills. Lost insurance. Not qualified for disability.

Out of pocket pay for medicines.

They lost their home.

God bless you Blair Griffin!

Etta James - It's a Man's Man's World

My outlook on beauty changes.

But pretty is as pretty does.

Beauty is skin deep to some.

Shouldn't we vote for what beauty is?

Shouldn't we vote for the lady who represents America?

Do we need "pageant judges" to decide for us?

Can these judges see that inner glow?

Shouldn't we really vote for who sits in the Oval Office and Congress?

Do we need "pageant judges" to decide for us who will run?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Nina Simone I put a spell on you!

In these United States, the "Land of the Free", where in actuality, we are the "Land of the Most Imprisoned", it would seem more appropriate for Miss America to be represented by a woman in prison.

Let's look beyond this skin.

If beauty is only "skin deep", quit looking at my tattoos.



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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Oh my, thank you dear friends. I don't mean to neglect you. You know I love you and will be by your place soon!

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      jandee 7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Good for you Micky......jandee

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      I think this line says so much: "And I wish the highest office, that is coveted by man, was held by the humblest,

      homeless woman or homeless man." It would change the course of everything, that is until the corporate lobbyist got to them. Thanks for the well written poem.

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      Jeremey 7 years ago from Arizona

      Living the 'homeless' situation myself right now lead me to a great appreciation of this piece of writing.

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      Beauty contests, along with Charlie Sheen rants and the like, are to distract us from problems like homelessness, media does a good job for the most part in distracting a good share of the public with trivia. Great hub.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW do folks in such situations really dream about being a beauty queen, that's the foremost concern on their minds and hearts. I never did get the entire Miss American thing. I don't get it, dream, ugh I think were on the same page Micky, hummmmm Blessings, :) Katie

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      The way we should be going is to live ultimately by the Golden Rule.

      The direction America and the world has been heading into leads to a giant precipice. It's a giant mining endeavor. The poor are mined for their land, their minds, their children. Americans are breeders for the warriors that will amuse the rich and well to do. I can only give you evidence of fraud, cover-ups, frame-ups, bail-outs for the rich and blah, bla, bla, bla, blah. But Americans are busy. There was Thanksgiving, football, soccer, World Series, Christmas, the bowl games, Super Bowl, March Madness. America really doesn't have time to pay attention. And all these entertaining events plus the news, wars - they're all better on a plasma TV. You know Miss America has to look good on a 50 inch 1080p 120hz plasma TV! Thank you for your comment.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      I am in agreement with you that there should be change.But the only way to effect change is from the top.After listening to their motherhood statements and voting them into office.Reality sets in.People tend to forget where they came from and who put them there.Power is a very seductive mistress. it corrupts the morals of even the most pious.:) and turns them into hypocrites in the service not to country and people but to themselves and vested interest. It's a catch-22 situation. Damned if you vote for them,damned if you don't.

      What other alternatives are we left with?....Perhaps it is better to light a candle than curse the dark. Or the religious can pray for the wrath of God striking all corrupt government officials and for the non-believers a death ray hitting the white house from an alien spaceship :))

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Silent Reed. My values aren't those of rewarding people for little work. That's where we are today. We reward the rich for what? If you find that one out, please let me know. But, we reward people for modeling.?? Those are not my values. I think those are values of the GOP or maybe even that other party.

      I want a world like Martin Luther King where people are judged by the content of their character.

      But most of the world believes as you do. Let's have a lottery! Let's go to a casino! Let's hit that one in a ten million to one chance.

      No, those are not my values. I never want to judge anyone by the container they are inside of.

      Right now Americans are rewarding "candidates who are electable". That means they probably came out of Harvard or Yale. Not one will make a change that amounts to a hill of beans. Nope. Rewarding the lazy rich, the lazy poor, the lazy athlete, ... no these are not my values.

      Thank you for your comment. I just can't go the way of models and actors and actresses and all the other false idols that America can come up with. These people need their own wheelbarrow as far as I'm concerned. That goes for the Bushes and the Obamas and ... We're all in this together. All of us need to put our shoulder to the wheel. It will ease the slavery at the bottom.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      There is much criticism about beauty pageants especially from feminists.We should not pass judgment on those who join.For some like your beauty queen this is her ticket to fame and fortune.Who knows maybe she might run for political office.Look at Manny Pacquiao.A poor boy who made good. Conquered the ring and won a political seat in the Philippine congress where he is now working for the benefit of his constituents. Got to meet Pres. Obama too :)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      God bless Epi! That UK trip was rough! (ha)

      Hi Peggy! Donald for president. I guess it's appropriate. America is just a fantasy anyway.

      AM!yo yo yo! "If then ye have judgment of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are LEAST esteemed in the church."

      Thank you Nellieanna. "It is high time - past time - to be opening the opportunities to all our people." Amen!

      rpalulis!!! I think you have a good handle on it all! God bless you!

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Very well put, real beauty is skin deep. As far as how I feel about the entertainment world, I don't even have a television, I try to separate myself from a lot of the garbage out there. I think that it is great for someone who has walked the walk, and is compassionate and considerate to all mankind to be voted for such positions, whether it's Miss America or political positions. Great hub, thought provoking, ranked up and awesome-Rob.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Micky - a good poem and message. We need to realize that just being homeless doesn't give a person all the best qualities, though, - any more than just having a good life gives a person good character. It is each person's responsibility and challenge to use whatever or she has available in the best ways and to be a good person with or without "things". But surely the pendulum has swung in favor of "haves" - whether or not they deserve it - and it is high time - past time - to be opening the opportunities to all our people.

      Very well-done, MD!

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      Allen Werner 7 years ago from West Allis

      One of our daughters decided to enter a pageant a few years ago - a teen pageant. She is very pretty and very outgoing and wanted to have the experience. My wife and her spent a great deal of time that weekend walking her through all the trials. They get along great with one another and they couldn't believe all the strife and arguing that went on between many of the other mothers and daughters. They were out to win. (I got to walk her out for the formal part - there was no swimsuit thing or anything like that) She says it was worth the experience but would never do it again. Some of the other girls are professionals at it. They put in hours and hours of practice on looking the part and acting the part. They expect a certain amount of conformity in order to win. Everyone picked happy, cheerful songs to sing. My daughter, being like her father, chose to sing a song that represented something she cared about and if she was going to win, it would be on her terms. She sang a song by My Chemcial Romance called Cancer. She did it beautifully but its not the kind of thing they are looking for. I was really proud of her.

      But getting back to your wonderful poetry - I'll just quote the Good Word!

      1Corinthians 6:4 'If then ye have judgment of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are LEAST esteemed in the church.'

      That's never going to happen in America. Peace

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What? You don't like his Miss America contest? You don't like his Apprentice show? Haha! It is hard to believe that he will actually run for President. It may just all be promoting his Trump name on all of his other enterprises as it was the last time it came up.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ....well anyone who can put the Sir Dee of Royal Micky, Etta James, and Nina Simone - is a righteous genius!!!!!

      But then again I already knew dat!!!!

      Great writing from a perceptive brilliant mind and so nice to see you back - as you know I was worried about you buddy! Welcome Home!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Amen sister Peggy. Donald and others may help a high-profile case but there's millions where she came from.

      Donald Trump for president. How appropriate. He will be the EVIL that EVIl needs. Donald Trump is the status quo. He and so many others need REAL WORK. It's time the rich actually did something for America. God bless Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      On the Today Show this morning Donald Trump said that he just became aware of her homelessness and will look into helping her. He is also debating about running for President. Says he will decide before June. So is this another promotional stunt or real? Guess time will tell.

      Only the rich can afford to run for President in this country so that eliminates the vast majority of would be candidates from the word "go." Probably no great difference in most places around the world.

      As to the beauty pagents...I agree with you that inner beauty should count most and that is not generally displayed on runways.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice poem you have in here micky dee.

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      meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

      Very beautiful article , with rich and deep meaning. Thank you for sharing with us. My best to you.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Great one. Loads and loads to think about in there. Thank you, Micky. God Bless xx

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You dear people make my day!

      50 Caliber, I had that SEARS catalog. That was sex education. God bless.

      God bless you dear Martie.

      God bless you Wesman Todd Shaw!

      Meow Meow!

      Thank you Fay dear!

      God bless you Pamela.

      Thank you for loving Etta James Genna East!

      Prasetio! My nephew! God bless you! You be safe and prosperous Pasetio!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My uncle....oh my uncle. Thanks for writing about her. You made this so beautiful as a tribute to Miss America. I always enjoy all images and video here. Thumbs up, my uncle. You always the best uncle I've ever had. I give my vote to you. Take care!

      Your nephew, Prasetio

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      Genna East 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow...amazing. And I haven't heard Etta James' rendition of this song in a while. I love this hub!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Mickey, I agree with what you had to say and of course, it was beautifully written.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Micky you never fail to make the most profound statements. And you do with such beauty and class.

      Rated up and awesome.

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      meow48 7 years ago from usa

      wowowowowowow. micky d, you are the real thing. thankyou for sharing this.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      ten thumbs up! I'm going to have to borrow four people to do it, but you deserve it!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      I cannot agree more with you, Micky. The wealthy and the fortunate have no reason to improve themselves, while in poverty most people tend to develop inner strength and dignity. I love your heart!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Mic' I never watched a contest of physical display, don't shop in the secret catalog. I remember as a kid getting a hold of playboy magazines, wasn't too sure about what the big deal was except every body wanted to be my friend, so they too could unfold the big picture.

      I understand it these old days, it's a way for women to get by for getting naked and showing their goods then draw a check and royalties, fitting ha! queen for a month.

      I've seen some pretty women then, they have to open their mouths.

      I see the same fruits of men, it is by how we will know them,

      great hub, Peace 50

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      imranhaider 7 years ago

      informative hub

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Ruby. You are so awesome. God bless you.

      Viet Vet- I'm with you buddy. It's all a display and I don't go to nude bars and such. I look at women with their clothes on and they scare me enough. God bless!

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      vietnamvet68 7 years ago from New York State

      Nice piece Micky, personally I'm sick of the flaunting of these girls, who cares who is the best looking or who sings the best or who looks the best in a bathing suite.The whole world discusses me anymore. Where are our priorities anymore.

      God Bless

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with drbj. Your poetry is awesome and she's beautiful. I hope she wins.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You are correct drbj! The candidates are mere appointed.

      I'm not wasting my time anymore. I see the writing on the wall. It may as well be in bold type. Our America is rigged in elections. There will be no real "wave making". God bless you SilverGenes!

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Isn't is sad that a beauty pageant is more central than homelessness? But alas, if not for that, this lovely young woman would face a very different future. But what about those who are not so pretty on the outside?

      As for voting, I recently read a hub about a rather controversial poet named Charles Bukowski and just yesterday saw one of his quotes and it jumped out at me:

      "The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting."

      Excellent hub, my friend!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Your statements make a lot of sense, Micky, which is exactly why we will not see changes. As long as our system of electing leaders depends on who can raise the most campaign money (to pay for votes), we will have the status quo.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I couldn't agree more on all of your points Micky.;)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      God bless Coolmon!

      I'm not a "beauty pageant" kind of guy Mentalist acer. I do not think it's good for our society. Reward for being born a certain way? Punish for being born a certain way? Neglect for being born a certain way? Where does it go? Punish tattoos. Punish clothing. No sir. But, if they must have these - it should be voted on - if this is America. I hope some day the American people can decide who runs for office and that they consider- no lawyers. God bless Mentalist acer.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The irony's not lost on me Micky,homeless queen,a nightmare or dream?

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice poem I like your selection of videos and images too.