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Thoughts I Had On My Birthday; The Recent Terrorist Attacks

Updated on January 20, 2019
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

Peace for Paris


Do I Have To... I Must

This is not where I wanted to be on my birthday this year. I am super sick and miserable health wise, and on top of that, terrorist attacks have been happening in this past week, it doesn’t seem quite fitting to enjoy it anyway; the wretched sore throat and cough lack in comparison to say the least. So, not the birthday I would have wanted to celebrate. More than likely, I will not celebrate it. Acknowledge it, yes, but no need for a celebration.

I actually do not know if I’ll get through with writing my thoughts down here and attempting a halfway decent poem today or not. I wanted to; I had plans to do so for a while now. I wanted to write a special poem on my birthday. However, who could have predicted all the chaos and massacres that would take place in Paris among other places such as Beirut and Baghdad just days earlier. My heart aches for all the victims and their families, and I know it could have been anywhere in the world that ISIS chose to attack. They make me sick, human they are not. Fighting for their religion, they do not. No religion except for Satanism would actually have you kill another human. That’s just absurd.

Anyway, today is November 18, 2015, and I am attempting to feel well enough to write this poem. It will not be what I originally sought out to write. I was going to express images from my childhood to my adulthood, but who could even think to write about anything but the tragedies that have taken place. Honestly, I don’t know if I can. I don’t know if I have the words. I am so mad. I am so disgusted. And I am so outraged that there are people on this planet such as these monsters.

If you do not read this on November 18, just know I made a valid attempt to put words on paper, but many things are troubling me at the moment, so much so, that writing, being my usual outlet to help me pull through and heal, has become a difficult task to take on.


Make A Wish

Today is my birthday;

Imagine that…

It’s come on the heels

of a terrorist attack.

People ask me what

will I wish for, and all

I can say is peace no war.

I don’t understand the

hate I see. What’s

happened to this world,

It shouldn’t be so scary...

We are all here to love

without judgement...

We are all here to be free

from torture no bondage...

This is what he, our Jesus,

did for us, when he painfully

was nailed to that old wooden


You don’t have to believe this

If you don’t want, but my wish

is that you will without losing


Today is my birthday, imagine


and my wish is that we

all come together and

give peace a chance...

Some may say I'm a dreamer...

Who Came Up With This Script...

It’s November 19th today, the day after my birthday. The day I was supposed to, or I should say, the day I wanted to post something here. However, as I warned, my illness and lack of words prevented me from doing so. Instead, I am back on here today, still boggled by thoughts on the past week and all the emotions I feel inside from it.

I wrote the above poem on my birthday, and it was my thoughts of wanting to drive peace into peoples' hearts and minds. I think today that may be a little too silly for some to grasp after the horrific scenes we have witnessed through media outlets and the internet. Nevertheless, I will always be that forever optimistic, and hopeful flower child when it comes to wars of the world. Mostly, because I don’t even get why we have to continue to be at war.

Another thought I was having was the thought of the majority of people accusing the Muslim religion of the atrocities ISIS has imposed on us, and I really wanted to express my thoughts on that in some way. I, for one, do not believe this group are dedicated to any certain religion. I think it is a foolish mindset to think this way. They have not just targeted Christians as the media has tried to portray in their reports. I think that is virtually impossible to believe. We live in a world of every form of religion, and a world where there are these types of religions in every place of the world. How in all sensible brains could one believe that these terrorists would go into a venue, as they did in Paris and just pick out all Christians? Doesn’t that seem a bit over the top? No, ISIS has an agenda, but it is not geared toward a certain religion. I have many Muslim friends who will tell you, that ISIS is trying to change the rules; no genuine Muslim believes the way they do. A true Muslim goes by the old testament of the Qur’an, not a make up your own rules one. Which is what the ISIS has done. It’s obvious they have a bigger agenda.

In saying that, I wrote this poem with this thought process guiding my hand. I know some will not agree with how I think, and that’s alright. However, my purpose is for all people to really just think about these situations in a more realistic manner.

Could it be true???

Paris, the city of LOVE?? No, Religion did not play a part in this massacre??


I'm not sayin I'm a Putin fan, but... ???

Truth or Lies

A secret lurks behind

everything. Every story

we hear from media's

big stupid brain.

Do they really know the

actual story, of why we are

sought out to be destroyed…

is it for a religious view? Is it

Muslims who we should

fear, let’s be true…

maybe it is American born

Christians of sorts, who simply

decided to play and contort?

Listen, there is no one in this

who is not a victim of an

unjust and immoral political


We are all being played like

puppets on a string; believe this,

believe that, dance when we sing.

I do know that it is an evil plot,

that sickens our minds with all

the blood and guts.

But, you are a fool if you

cannot see, that it is not

just a religious anomaly.

I, myself, still am not

sure, of what has made

ISIS impure.

However, I will no longer

except this naïve approach,

that it is all Muslims who

slays and cuts our throats.

This is untruth. I'm sure of that,

and one thing I do know, the media

will never report that.

How do you feel about the Isis situation?

Do you agree or disagree with how I think?

See results

© 2015 Missy Smith


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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I should of worded that differently Manatita. I specifically am referring to the ISIS group being fake in their Muslim beliefs. The terrorists such as them, in my opinion, have no valid religion and shouldn't make themselves a part of a certain religion when they do not abide by the rules of that religion. It just puts the others who truly do study that religion in danger, because people judge that religion in a whole now.

      My point is; it is and has always been obvious to me that they do not stand truly to that religion, it's easy to tell that. I don't know of any religion that would accept the human sacrifices they have so cruelly took part in. Of course, I do not know every religion, but I do know people of different religions and Muslims. They do not practice this type of religion or beliefs.

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      5 years ago from london

      Me again, my Sweet,

      Do you find it easy to pick the fakes out? (smile). I don't. They are in many Hearts globally, including mines: Greed, lust, ego, anger, attachment ...lets continue: insecurity, fear, jealousy, loneliness ..need I go on? Was that what you meant?

      The enemy is inside, not outside. Only my take here. Please forgive me. I hope that my message has never been different. Much Love.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Very well said Aviannovice. Sometimes I wonder whether we will ever be able to live among each other in peace and learn to love each other as individuals and respect the beliefs others have. We definitely need to recognize the ones who are being fake with their beliefs. I mean, I find it so easy to pick the fakes out. I can't understand how others feed into their lies.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I wish to acknowledge your birthday, and tell you that you are not the only one that feels this way. Most people have no complaints with any religion. Unfortunately, religion happens to be a guise used as an excuse for the problems in the world. If we would only own up to the fact that we are individuals and must not follow others like sheep.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      To me, it seems everything has gotten more complicated Faith. Yes, our freedom bothers them for sure, but what bothers them about others in the countries that don't have the same type of freedom as us? They are killing them off too. What is the point they are trying to make? I don't think they have a specific point to their madness anymore. It's just plain wanting to rule the world. In the end, they will find out that they do not and will never have that type of power. It's all sad. :(

      Thank you, I am not fully recovered but I'm making good strides to feel normal again. :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      It is a rather nice thought to think we could come together in unity! Thanks Gypsy!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy, I'm so sorry you have been so sick especially on your birthday. I hope by now you are feeling much better. You always express yourself well through your poetry. There are specific parts of the Qur'an that many are unaware of is all I will say. The best way to fight these terrorists is to go about living our free lifestyles as that is what they truly hate ...our freedom. Hugs

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Hope you were able to celebrate your birthday a bit or at least make some wishes. I believe it is high time for the world to come together and unite.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you as always Frank. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Peace for the world... good poetry Missy.. and still no matter have a happy belated birthday :)

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      That is a very interesting insight on it Mihnea. I have never actually read anything out of the Quran, but I think you could be right about that. You have very smart views, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      It would seem that this is what does happen Venkatachari. The way they now recruit small young boys would be a clue that they were handled in the same way as young boys.

      Thank you, I am trying hard to get well. )

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      Andrei Andreescu 

      5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I hope you get better,Missy .World peace is very difficult to achieve,sadly.I guess war is in our nature-we are sinful by our nature.Resources are limited on this earth and are lessening every day-If you think of oil for instance,we are getting to the point where all oil reserves will be depleted and there is always a pretext to start war when you are desperate about resources.However,the Quran tends to be more explicit and blunter than other religious books (not saying here that the bible hasn't got explicit verses) but many muslims become radicals because they lack the theological knowledge and tools to correctly interpret its text.

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wish you a Happy Birthday, Missy, and wish you a speedy recovery.

      I agree with you that ISIS is not affiliated to any religion. It is a terrorist group with evil mentalities. They are not against any particular religion. Hindus, Christians and Muslims are also victims of their cruel deeds. They get brainwashed from their early age and develop hate towards mankind from childhood itself.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much Whonunu. I will certainly be praying for our world, and I will always have faith that God will help us through this evil. You never know, at the end of it, we may all have come together better as a nation, and be willing to accept each other's differences. Many Blessings to you! :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I love your reply Sweet Manatita! Your words make me feel better and sometimes bring tears to my eyes, because I simply can't see in me what you do. However, I do want to reach people from Africa, the North Pole, and all around the world. That would be a dream come true. To be an inspiration, such as you are, would be a great feeling.

      As far as my illness, I am slowly getting stronger, but not 100% yet. Thank you for that lovely birthday chant as well; that was AWESOME!

      God has blessed you Manatita, but you already know that!! ;) HUGS to you as well :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Dana, for taking the time to read this hub. I was explaining to Jodah that I am not extremely pleased with it, because I've been so ill, and writing it was a bit difficult. My mind didn't want to keep focus even though I knew what I wanted to say. So, I hope it came out halfway decent and people can relate to my feelings and thoughts.

      You are a very sweet person Dana, and I'm always pleased when you come upon one of my hubs and read it. I promise I will try my best to get to your page soon and read one of your lovely stories and poems. I'm trying. I'm getting there. This time this cough has really put me down. Take Care and God Bless!

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      5 years ago from United States

      I hope you have a happy birthday and many more to come my friend. Bless you on this special day and may our God help us all get through these days and pray for our world. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful work. whonu

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      5 years ago from london

      My Sweet Missy. So sorry that I missed your Birthday.

      "Happy Birthday to you,

      Happy Birthday to you.

      Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday.

      We love your Soul's rainbow-dream - promise-ray." - Sri Chinmoy

      So sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well. It is still a victory in the sense that you still write such a loving article, and remain cheerful. This is God's victory. Be Happy; Be cheerful!

      A nice Hub. You're a bit like someone I know. Never worry about things you cannot change. Do you see how people become emotional by watching sad scenes on TV? Prayer and meditation, as well as positive vibrations, work in the same way.

      Know that you can influence the man in Africa or even the North Pole by your loving thoughts. It's already happening. Stay on the train.

      I feel the beauty of your Soul constantly. Do not let anyone else tell you differently. You are a very, very special dream of God. She wants you to serve; to manifest Her plans here on Earth, and for this you need a sound mind, a strong body, and a life of inner and outer receptivity, and harmony with His Will.

      You're doing well. Keep at it. Hari Om. Very special Hugs to you, my sweet. Once again, Happy Soul's day! God bless you and your family.

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      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Happy belated birthday Missy. I loved what you wrote here and loved the way you expressed your thoughts. Yes, this world is becoming a little scary and terrorist attacks seem to be popping up everywhere. New York, was a little too close to home- where will these monsters attack next? It brings to light how precious life is and how we must enjoy it day by day. Feel better and God bless.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Jodah. I am not particularly proud of this hub. It was hard for me to focus and express my thoughts with a clear mind since I have been so ill. I am still unwell, and wasn't even sure I wanted to post this after I finally made it through it; I wanted it to be better, more concise to how I feel about the situation. That's why I mention that I have been sick, I feel a little unhappy with my work here, and want everyone who reads it to know, I could have written my thoughts so much more clear. I'm still thinking about taking this hub down. :( However, it is an important message. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      You got exactly what I was trying to convey here Swalia. You wrote a comment here that was similar to the one I wrote on Facebook when the terror attacks happened and everyone was putting in their thoughts. Thanks for reading this hub and for the birthday wishes!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, firstly let me also wish you a happy belated birthday. Sorry that you were too ill with the flu to really enjoy it and to get your hub published when you wanted to. It was certainly worth writing though as this is probably the most important topic throughout the world at the moment. All countries and religions need to join together to defeat this evil that is ISIS. No matter how they began and who is responsible for that pales into insignificance compared to the despicable acts of terror and cruelty that they are perpetrating on innocent Christian and Muslims around the world. They are radicals and no religion will associate themselves with..they are not representatives of Islam as they may claim.

      Your poetry is wonderful and as honest as always. Well done.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      5 years ago from India

      Belated birthday wishes Missy! I hope you are feeling better now.

      These terrorist attacks are really unfortunate but it's the extremists that are to be blamed and not the entire religion. No religion preaches hatred. I wish terrorists actually take out the time to read their scriptures and understand what is written there!


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