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Prose (Protest) - Why burn books?

Updated on January 14, 2011

The Burning of America

They funeral pyre of freedom
The burning of another book
To save us from what?
Why are you afraid to look?
Are your beliefs so frail?
Is your God so fragile?
Upon whose authority do you act?
Is it the dark angel?
Yes you exercise your right
As America allows
Yet you only summon demons
Banished into history's gallows
Remember who came before you
The zealots who were so wrong
Yes this is America
But you sing a bitter song
Our tears will extinguish the flames
As we mourn this atrocity
We beg our brothers to understand
This is not the sign of our piety
We pray over darkened skies
As the smoke of our shame billows
One day the ray of enlightenment
Will provide us our holy pillows
But today we find no respite
So we will not succumb to slumber
Why do we forget to love our neighbor?
We can only wonder....

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you christiansister,

      I was offended by the burk burning so I wrote this piece. It put America in a bad light...

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      christiansister 6 years ago

      Good Morning Poet,

      Very beautiful poem. Thank you for letting me see this. I am so saddened by the misuse of freedoms to hurt or injure others and as your poem pointed out, It takes a very weak faith to feel threatened by the belief of others. :)

      Powerful is Faith that researches and discovers on its own. Not taught from a pulpit. :)

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      The Suburban Poet 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks ray... I'm with you on that....

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Im no book burner . Unless in need of warmth .and without firewood. Im also not a reader of dusty books or a follower of archaic ideas that continue to divide and belittle the grand idea of god .

      thought provoking hub .

      ray

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      The Suburban Poet 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks for the word man... I didn't notice the comment until today...

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      DeathStroke 7 years ago from Im just around..

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