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Thin Ice : Poetry

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Aimlessly traveling through life at dangerously high speed.

Black ice, shiny and slippery when wet

Cause for alarm, lest we choose to forget

Black patches mingle with solid concrete

We cruise haphazardly until we meet

Sliding, Skidding traction lost

Colliding with destiny in early morn frost

Aimlessly traveling through life at dangerously high speed

Forgetting ice patches of the homeless in dire need


Welcome matt pulled. What happened to our hospitality?

America, once the land of the brave and free

Welcome matt pulled, what happened to our hospitality?

Have we forgotten how our ancestor's came in search of a brand new land?

Have we forgotten we all came here from somewhere, seeking a helping-hand?

I'm aware we live in perilous times

Isis killing, recruiting young minds

Actions speak much louder than words

Advocating we move forward, never retreating backwards

Hoping no wall will ever be constructed

Living in harmony with all people, like God has instructed

Countless people still look to America For a heaven of rest

" Yes We Can " We can show the world We're still the very best




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      Shauna L Bowling 6 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I love your poetry. This is a beautiful reminder of who we are and how we came to be.

      Love this Neil Diamond song! It's one of my favorites to listen to on the 4th of July.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Lisa, so glad you enjoyed. Thank you..

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      Lisa Williams 7 months ago

      This is a beautiful poem, with such a great lesson. I loved the imagery!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Genna, how remarkable your history is! The Little James ship brought your ancestor's to America in 1623. We have soo much to be thankful for. Here's hoping that others will find their heaven here in the land we love. Thank you for sharing your history with me. God bless my friend..Hugs..

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      Genna East 7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I know I speak for my ancestors who arrived at the fledgling Plymouth Bay Colony in 1623 on a ship called The Little James, enduring unimaginable hardships. Yours is the voice of who our founding fathers were. Excellent! When I read such words my heart swells with pride. This is part of what makes America great, Ruby. Hugs dear friend.

      Happy Easter! :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Thank you. America is still great!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for the wonderful poetic reminder of what America is truly about.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William. When I think of the many people who came here, including my ancestry, to have a better life, and now we build a wall, saddens me. Thank you much for stopping by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly. I did write this piece from my heart. So many hurting people with no place to go. Thanks so much for coming to read and comment...

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      William Kovacic 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "America, once the land of the brave and free." That line really stood out to me, Ruby. You emphasize "once", and rightly so. We've given our freedoms away one by one. But yes, we're still the very best!

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Great work comes from the heart Miss Ruby and you have found a powerful message...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. Thank you. Happy you liked this piece...

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well written poetry, and very patriotic, Ruby. Good work.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. I'm glad you like this piece. Thank you much...

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      Clive Williams 7 months ago from Nibiru

      Very Nice, I Like It Lots.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mark. So glad you liked my ' Colliding with destiny ' And thank you for the follow. I see you write poetry, happy to follow you.

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      Mark Tulin 7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Ruby, loved the imagery in the first part..colliding with destiny.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dana. I guess we'll never see perfection until we see God. I can remember times when love ruled the day, that seems sooo long ago. Thank you for an insightful comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I will never figure out why my muse put the words ' Thin Ice ' in my psyche. It was in my head for a couple of days before it materialized into a poem, in fact I wrote the first half of the poem before I thought about immigrants. I'm glad it made you giggle. Thanks again...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Dear Martie, your comment is so very true. Instead of separation, we should embrace each other in brotherly love and compassion. I can remember a time when we did that, perhaps we'll return to that time someday. Thank you my friend..Hugs...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric, if everyone had your sense of appreciation, walls would never be built to keep anyone from living anywhere they choose. Thank you for comments that depict your love for humanity...

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      Dana Tate 7 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      How beautiful the world would be if we just gave a helping hand and did not expect anything in return. Sometimes it's hard to see a perfect creation, yet, imperfect human beings, who are still miraculously beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, this piece is so good I cannot get it out of my mind. And what you gave me are all good thoughts thanks.

      But I just got a word game giggle -- Your title "Thin 'ICE'"

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      Martie Coetser 7 months ago from South Africa

      Dear Ruby, your compassion and unconditional love for fellow-man shine in this poem. The building of walls and the closing of gates belong to the past, when people were driven by their primordial urge to survive even to the detriment of others, and their fear of the unknown.

      Profound and touching poem!

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Such a nice yet hard hitting piece. I just live in a different part of America than many. In my son's class there are 30 and I think seven are pure white and our statistics show that a full ten are probably children of immigrants with more that are children of 1st gens. If you can go to a store and not meet with an ESL accent you are deaf.

      That is my America and these are my friends and neighbors. I feel saddened that people believe our borders are locked tight, maybe their suburban estates or ghettos are. But I know for a fact right here they are open. And my ESL immigrant wife, son and I love it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Immigrants make up America, if they hadn't come, the Indians would still own their land. As long as there are people like you we will rise again! Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, I'm pouring us a cup of coffee, let's sit and talk of the good ole days when people actually cared about their neighbor's. Thank you for your wishful comment...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello MIZ. I agree. America has several acts to be ashamed of, slavery, robbing the Indian of their land, Japanese encampment during world war II. When I read about ' The Trail Of Tears ' I always think of my grandmother ( My father's mother ) who was 1/2 Indian. Thank you for always reading my writing...

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      mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - We are a frothy melting pot. Seems some have forgotten that. They have let their fear take over them. You have captured that loss, and shown that we still have our individual hearts and open arms.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Three Keys. I've never hid my dislike for Trump, and each day I see America going in the wrong direction. Building a wall has never kept anyone out, it just makes it more difficult for poor people looking for a better life. Thanks again...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Chris. I believe people will see we are heading in the wrong direction. Thank you for a positive comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Yes Dear. Amen to your statement. I long for the days of Obama. He was a true statesman. He was loved by everyone who wasn't a racist. I remember the days of Stalin, I never dreamed we would have hate in the white house. I hope and pray that people will see the evil and return to sanity. Thank you much for reading and leaving an interesting comment.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the kind of poetry we used to listen to in coffee shops during the 60's. Social conscience....it's so nice to see, Ruby! You can share coffee with me any old day.

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      MizBejabbers 7 months ago

      I really like it, Ruby, your poetry is always beautiful. But sometimes we forget what our immigrant ancestors did to our Native ancestors who were already here. Some of us have to look at it from both angles and hope the best has met in the middle.

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      Threekeys 7 months ago from Australia

      Such an interesting heritage to be proud of. I appreciate you sharing it with me. And please forgive me for not seeing the politics conveyed in your poem until it was mentioned by another viewer. But for some reason your ancestry stood out to me personally. Wasn't it wonderful Gina got us writing poetry? Especially by those who have shied away from it or never tried until now. I love that!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Three Keys. I will attempt to fill in my ancestry. My grandmother's people came from Ireland. My grandfather's people came from Germany. My father's mother was 1/2 Indian, so you see I'm of mixed heritage. I truly believe we are all equal and should live in harmony. Thank you so much...

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      Chris Mills 7 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, we have done better and i hope we can do so again.

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      Yes Dear 7 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      whats freezing is our hearts. a lady who has studied authoritarian regimes said you should write down how you are now, cause you will change. she says we'll become heartless, turning on each other to avoid the state finger of accusation pointing at us. remember how in stalins time, people spied and ratted on each other to save their own skins....false accusations at that.

      its going to get very ugly if he's allowed to stay....look how he was on the campaign trail... that ugly. "knock em out""beat the sh*t out of em"....and his frothing fans,willing to do just that. cant pretend to know the mind of a trumpite, and dont want to. i simply see them as an enemy of america...of or ideals, our humanity, our kindness. you fight an enemy, not placate it.

      and the pen is mightier than the sword.

      we need more poems like this. thumbs up!

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      Threekeys 7 months ago from Australia

      Thank you for trusting me to peak into your world and your ancestors. Would love to hear a little more of they all came to meet up and become you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Thank you for the " Well-penned " comment. I think the video is beautiful, so glad you are watching. Thank you my friend. Hugs....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I'm so happy you think I nailed it. Thank you so much....

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      Maria Jordan 7 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well-penned, dear Ruby.

      What a perfect song choice - listening now. Hugs, mar

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Amen! I love political poetry! And you nailed it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gina, it's nice to see you on my page again. Happy that you enjoyed my poetry. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Yasir, you're really not supposed to advertise your website in the comment section. Good luck with your project. I sincerely hope you mean well.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 7 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I loved this... and was particularly struck by this line: Have we forgotten how our ancestor's came in search of a brand new land?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Whonun. I'm happy you liked my poetry. Thank you for coming to visit...

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

      I liked your patriotic message, my friend. Well done. Blessings. whonu

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shy, I don't know why I associated thin ice with the wall, but I listened to my muse, hoping all who read it will like it. Thank you for your thoughtful poem. You hit the nail squarely on the head..Blessings my poetic friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. The thought of us building a wall to keep people from coming for a better life saddens me. A wall is not going to keep Isis out, they're much too savvy for that. Thank you for your insightful comment...

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Beautiful Poetry Ruby!

      We are on thin ice

      Waiting for the trumps to roll the dice

      Not knowing how much money will surfice

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      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend

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      Manatita44 7 months ago

      I like your conscience and your dreams. We need a few more. Insightful poetry.