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Our voices, narrative poetry

Updated on April 15, 2013
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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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Each race is but a reflection of ourselves.

A voice

We all have one

Why can't we see verbal injustice, then rise up and yell

When intolerance is visibly hurting others

Invariably we say " nil "

We listen intently to the Sunday morning tolling bell

Yet we hesitate and say nothing, pretending we didn't hear

When evil voices spew hateful insults

That cuts deeply within the innocent's protective veneer

A gay child who seeks acceptance in our world of intolerance, denied

Why can't we find our voice

And muster courage and walk together side-by-side

Lets uplift our voices to shout out the gospel truth

Love one another, be kind, join hands in friendship

And lovingly teach our youth

Acceptance and tolerance, skin color is God-given, each race is but a reflection of ourselves

A voice is a powerful tool when used to build

A community of togetherness that swells

With open pride for all the world to see

Each culture is priceless when blended together

An ancient story of uniqueness and unshackled liberty.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Tandy. Brothers we are. Skin color is just a hue, God given. Thank you...

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A really touching poem with morals for us all. It is such a shame that people can think differently of others when we all are brothers. Life is a teacher; we learn to live.

      a poem well written and with a wonderful message. voted up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Thank you again. You are so faithful to read my poetry. Each time i think a hub has died, you bring it bach with your thoughtful comments..Cheers my friend...

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Beautiful Poem always exploring. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Caroline, Sorry i'm late to answer your comment. Thank you for reading and leaving a beautiful comment....

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem Ruby. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Eddy, Good to see you on my page. Thank you. We will always share because we love all people. Happy you liked the videos...Cheers my good friend.....

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Powerful and spot on Ruby;I also enjoyed both songs ;a billiant hub through and through.

      Here's to long tme to come of friendship and hub sharing. Have a wonderful weekend Ruby.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cloud, sounds interesting. I am not on FB anymore. It got to be a hassle. I was spreading myself too thin, trying to keep up with too many sites. You can email me through Hubpages..Thank you for the invitation....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, sorry i am late responding. I think you are correct, in earlier times it was normal to label people, good or bad, it has been an injustice for years. I think now people see the damage done to a multitude of people who were judged inferior due to race. Thank you dear one.......

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Hey Ruby, would you like an Invite to a documentary film, we are about to make for the Our Voices poetry series. If so I will try to contact you via your Facebook location and fill you in on the details, if you have one that is.

      Just let me know, its going to be an awesome time indeed for us poets and creative writers. Our launch is by Mid August time.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Prasetio, I am always happy to share with you. Glad you felt the energy. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lesley, Sorry i am late with my reply, Thank you for coming by. Happy you thought it was important........

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Ruby, somehow races label themselves. Imagine buying something without a label? Sadly one label labels all the stock on the shelves that looks the same. This beautiful poem of yours will never be an anachronism....

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspirational poem. I feel the energy inside it. Thanks for always share with us. Voted up and take care :-)

      Prasetio

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such an important message - beautifully written Ruby.

      Voting up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, that is the problem so much of the time governments do not want the people to be informed, so we must lift our voice's and proclaim the truth..People power, we have it, let's use it...Thank you my friend....

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      This is beautiful Ruby and lovely of you to encourage people to use their "voice." We all have means to one and not only that - Technology has made it so easy for us to get that voice round the globe.

      Some Countries (not in the West) shut down their internet system sometimes because the government are worried some people will get important information out to others. I think this also happened in Korea recently.

      Thanks. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, I believe we grow more intolerant of others instead of trying to learn the differences and build a togetherness through knowledge. Thank you for the vote up,,,,

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, How very true, your statement, the three most hateful actions brought on by intolerance. Thank you for coming......

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful. How true "a voice is a powerful tool when used to build". Too bad we don't use it the way we should. Awesome and up.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby,

      you write from your heart about the reality of our world. The root of the problem in our world is intolerance. Intolerance makes us hate other people, inflict cruelty and do injustice.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello daydreamer13, You always make me feel like i have achieved my goal. Thank you Dear friend...

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      daydreamer13 4 years ago

      I love your writing. You're such an inspiration. I love how you much so much energy into your hubs. Perfection achieved!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello SilentReed, Nice to see you again. Your beautiful comment tells the true story of people around the world. We all are in dire need of compassion. Thank you so much...

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hate disguise fear. Intolerance further reinforce it and hypocrisy gives it a stamp of legitimacy. Sadly, our children will be brought up in this environment to continue this vicious cycle. A lovely poem, a lonely voice crying out for man's need for compassion to the growing cynicism in today's world.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ed, so happy to see you and i agree with your words to reach out, extend a hand, help another when they're down, even a smile will lift me when i'm down. Thank you so much....Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I am so glad you approve. I am of mixed lineage too, German, Dutch Irish and Indian. It makes no difference, we all are God's children. Thank you...Peace my friend..

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Ruby , What can a people of peace and sanity do but remain steadfast , we have to teach peace , tolerance and understanding . I rescently read one simple line somewhere ..." Why is it so hard to understand those who are not like us ?" .....that got me to thinking , there is a little bit of that in everyone , and yet , right beside that iis the ability to listen , to soothe anothers soul , to reach out and share our hands to build a better place ! We all have that within us as well !.....I love your words !........Ed

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Ruby I hear your voice of unity here and seeking such a thing today is truly nobel indeed. We all have a voice and as poets, authors, and creative writers I hope some day that all of our voice combined can bring such a reality together. Peace across the globe, and for all nations is tough to attain, but it isn't impossible.

      Thanks for giving this 'Our Voice' thing a try and for being such a good friend to me digitally. I commited myself to so many differing things its truly tough to find time to do anything else these days, but you will see soon from me what I do to repay all those who care to share with me. I am forever in debt to you Ruby, because you are a true friend and you have made me feel loved simply by rendering me such much support in my writing efforts here on Hubpages.

      You and I are living proof that such a unity is possible, I am of mixed races all in one and we are true to one another no matter what, and we get along very well, so it can happen for us all for sure. I'll be praying on it. Awesome poem, thumbs up and outta here.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, I echo your hope for the world to see a better way. Thank you dear one..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Audrey...If only everyone would see this as a message, so many are wrapped up in religious beliefs and are blind to the truth. Bless you for coming....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG Leslie, How could this happen? I will never understand hate. Who would do this? I expect a piece on this horrendous act from you. I know you will blast em out of the water. Love you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cogerson, Thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed. I love the videos too...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, I agree. People who speak out can send a powerful message. Thank you..Happy you liked the videos....

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, such an important message told in a magical poem, if only the world was really like this, wonderful! nell

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ruby--such an important message in this wonderful piece---

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      And then - things go to the shitter in Boston...sigh..

      Oh, Ruby, Ruby - what are we to do ? Reading your glorious words - inspiring kindness, tolerance, love - the morning after the boston marathon..

      it just...doesn't correlate in my head..i truly feel like throwing up my hands in hopelessness- and just plain throwing up!

      i'm sorry to sully your beautiful and passionate work of art, my friend..

      voting so up and sharing SO on..

      we MUST keep spreading the word - however hopelessly..

      love youxx

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very well done...and your video choices only made the poem even more memorable....voted up and across the board.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful sentiments. One voice joined by many can do so much. Loved the videos. Passing this on.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, Thank you. I have never heard that song. I will look for it and download it to this piece. Happy you were inspired by this..Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, Your comment touches me deeply. Thank you my favorite story teller..Cheers,,,

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A beautiful piece of poetry with such an inspiring message. Ruby.

      Love this song 'Sing' by Gary Barlow would be perect for this poem too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I just write from my heart. Another teenager committed suicide near me from bullying because she was gay. This breaks my heart. I think of my nephew Tommy who died alone because he was gay. I am happy you found this piece inspirational. Thank you my sweet friend....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, My your comment is beautiful, thank you for supporting my hubs. I like to believe that everyone cares about others feelings and will speak up against intolerance. Be well...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, It is so easy to turn away and say nothing when hurtful words are spoken. It takes courage to go against the grain. Thank you so much. Your comment is appreciated....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hellp Pam, Thank you so much. Your comment is touching. Glad you enjoyed the topic..Happy you came to visit....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello shining, Thank you, so happy you agree, love for you to join the voice movement. I see that i typed AHA instead of AKA, sorry about that. Cheers my friend..

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Ruby - You have stated the most profound truths in a most beautiful way,

      You, my dear, are an awesome poet with our guiding message for today.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby,

      You are showing courage and wisdom in your writing...this is so inspirational.

      Voted UP and very ABI. Love, Maria

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ruby, you are using your voice as a messanger. What a beautiful voice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A voice is a powerful tool when used to build...and there is the meat of this poem, and beautifully stated as only a poet can do. Lovely work and message, Ruby.

      Have a great week.

      bill

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is such a beautifully piece of written poetry with such a perfect topic. Beautiful and awesome.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bravo my friend. You have touched the heart of the issue so well. We all need to stand up and do our part to stop hurtful damage done by our actions and our words. If we just follow the advice so eloquently offered here, the globe can be a better and smaller place.

      Voting up and sharing.