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We're stronger together. Written in poetic fashion

Updated on November 20, 2015
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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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Some say " close our border's. "

Our world, a vast space of living waters and many different races

We speak our own language all different tongues in surrounding places

God's color scheme, red, yellow, black and white

Just like the rainbow he formed to glow after a stormy night

We all celebrate life with our different voices

We work. We play. We worship making our selected choices

Once we only read about foreign countries, now we're intertwined through the computer and airplanes that travel at warp speed

We make lifelong friends through writing on the internet, our cyber friends we've grown to love and need

This past week our world seemed much smaller when we got instant news of death and needless destruction

Cameras flashing, people running in fear. Murderers shooting weapons. World leaders involved in unholy corruption

" War is hell, " voiced by many, but sometimes we must choose whether we want to live or die

Sometimes we must stand-up and fight for our continued piece of the good old American pie

Some say, " Close our border's " While others say, " We are a people who welcome all to our land of the brave and free

I've read that our fighting force is now made up of many sons and daughters of immigrant families who came here to escape hunger and forced ideology

So we each are left to ponder, " What must we do? " In my heart I know If the murderers are not stopped with a coordinated act of war

We will rue the day when they destroy our peace from afar.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello truthfornow. I agree, no easy answers for sure. I guess all we can do is hope people will want peace more than war. Thank you..

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      truthfornow 22 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      You expressed thoughts on a complex issue in a very lovely way. There are no easy answers here. I hope for peace somehow for all the people of the world. There is just too much violence.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur. I wrote this in response to the attack in Paris, now we have another one in California. When is it going to end? Thank you for coming by..

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      Nithya Venkat 22 months ago from Dubai

      Well expressed, wish this madness ends soon and peace reigns on earth.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Tammy my dear friend. I love to see that you've spent some of your time reading my hubs. We've got to make different plans for New Year's Eve. My feet are wanting to dance the night away. lol

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      Tammy Gaudern 22 months ago

      Love your writing

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I think if we put boots on the ground on their turf would be a big mistake. I watched a news program and an expert said that they would just fade into the population and there we would be at their mercy. After listening to President Obama, I feel that more will be done. I trust him and I know he will do everything to keep us safe. My granddaughter Lisa is in New York seeing all the shows, having a ball. I wish I was more like her. She said that this was a chance of a lifetime and she was going! I had a nice Thanksgiving with family. I hope you did too. Now I've got to get rid of this chocolate pie, My weakness! Hee.

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I recently watched a special documentary that focused on a German journalist who visited the ISIS "state." He stated most of which we already knew, and that two of ISIS' strategies are: 1) to encourage the western world to hate/distrust all Muslims -- the reasons for this unthinkable, diabolical ruse are so obvious, I don't need to go into them; and 2) to have thousands of Americans invade with boots on the ground, on their turf. "It is their dream to fight Americans over there," he said. It's a complex situation, and I don't understand quite all of it as yet. But we've made mistakes in the Middle East; I pray we don't continue to do so in the future.

      And I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nadine. I am happy that you enjoyed my thoughts concerning the war on terrorist. I was somewhat fearful about writing this. I know the world is divided on the correct actions to take. Thank you for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I'm glad you approve of my stance against the terrorist. Thank you for coming by to voice your opinion.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. When I see something good that someone has done. ( like buying a meal for someone having a hard time, ) and the media is talking about it, makes me a happy camper. You are right. The media feeds the terrorist ego, they love it. We have so much to be thankful for, yet we live in fear. I live in a little town where crime is unusual, but the people who live in the cities must be terribly fearful. I don't think you're an idealist, I think you're correct in your thinking. Thank you for adding your thoughts to this piece. Hugs..

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved reading your flow of thoughts about our today's problems and tragic events. I loved everything about your creative expressions

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thanks again Ann. I heard a reporter say that the terrorist are driving around in 1970 vehicles and building homemade bombs out of the cheapest material and yet they scare our leaders. I have a feeling that we will eliminate them soon, God willing..

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting write here. You are so right!

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I will never understand the mindset of those who want to cause harm rather than make this world a better place to live.

      I live my life with what's in my heart. Do we have so many ugly hearts in this world or is that all we hear about, which makes it seem so?

      Destruction or construction. We have a choice. I'd love to see the media put stories of good in the forefront. Perhaps if the ill-doers don't get press and put the world on nerve's end, they'll stop. Right now they're getting exactly what they want - exposure.

      Let's expose the good people on this Earth and ignore the ones who want to do harm. They've always been here. Why are we now giving them center stage? That's their power. We're being manipulated. Ignore them and they'll go away, just like teeth and good health.

      Call me an idealist, but would it work? Perhaps. I hope so. It's how I choose to live.

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      You're absolutely right; solidarity and strength in numbers are the key.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell. I will never understand why terrorists kill in the name of God. I don't understand why they hate us. Thank you for coming to read and comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I agree with you in the sense that boots on the ground should be our last effort. We have enough power if all free loving nations would join our effort. Thank you for returning. I appreciate you..

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      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      You said it perfectly Ruby, and yes what are we to do? its so hard, I just wish the world would be peaceful, I just don't understand why it has to be like that, nell

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      Yes, I don't think we should have more boots on the ground but air strikes might be a reasonable option. Many think we should do something. I'm divided.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I am so glad that you agree we are stronger together. We have boots on the ground in so many places, I don't see the need for more. The middle east must step up and do their part. There is no simple solution. Thank you for coming to read and comment.

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      I quite agree with you, Ruby, and you have penned this exquisitely. We have to act, even though we feel killing is wrong. As long as we don't send troops on the ground because they will get nowhere, I feel.

      It was too close for comfort for me and I have many Parisian friends, thankfully all ok. I still grieve for those who died, were injured, and those who lost loved ones. I just don't understand. You are definitely right that we're all stronger together.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg. I couldn't agree with you more. We are a nation of immigrants. My mother's family came from Germany and Holland and my father had an Indian mother. Some are now saying that the terrorists are coming in disguised as immigrants. We need to step up and take care of the homeless and hungry in our country. Good to see you again. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. Always good to see you visit my hubs. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. Yes we all are humans, each with their own beliefs, but terrorists are a different breed. The worst aspect is they kill innocent people in the name of God. That's why they are so dangerous. They are not afraid to die for their cause. I have not read the Koran, but I don't believe it teaches murder is ok. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I am pulled both ways in writing this. It's no secret that I'm a democrat and I love President Obama, but I'm not sure he's correct on this situation. I hope he is because I hate war as much as he does. Thank you for your thought provoking comment. Hugs my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. I'm glad you like my style of writing. Thank you for telling me. This was difficult to write, so many have conflicting thoughts about solving this sad situation. You said, " Let's pray. " and I will. Thanks again.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. Your words ring so true. I just heard they hit a hotel in Africa. I have a friend Pat who refuses to listen to news or read a newspaper. Sometimes I think I should do the same, but I am one who keeps up with everything. I'm told I should live my life without worrying, but That's impossible. Thank you my friend.

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      Peg Cole 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      It is wonderful to see your expressive prose, voicing the thoughts of many who love and welcome all to our country. As the granddaughter of an immigrant, I understand the beauty of the chance at a new life in a new country. I hope we can open our doors to others who have needs, after first taking care of the homeless and hungry who have made it here already, especially the ones who fought for our freedom.

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You beautifully expressed from the heart. A wonderful way to show true expressions.

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      Clive Williams 23 months ago from Nibiru

      All under the heavens. We are simple human beings

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Dear Ruby, you are so right, putting it in writing is a catharsis, and helps to get thoughts in order, and your article is thought provoking.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. I guess writing about this help s in some strange way. At least we can put our fears on paper. I think it works as a cartharsis. Thank you for a thoughtful comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj. You are right. We are fighting people who live all over the world. It will be difficult, no easy solutions. Thank you dear friend

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      manatita44 23 months ago from london

      A very broad view and great way of approaching this. I like your style.

      The prose and poetry is beautiful, yes, and the searching questions are hard.

      Al I know is that this world has never been short of Messengers. Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Ramakrishna, Sri Chinmoy ...

      Let us pray ...

      Great Hub!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I know you are right. It must be an united effort and must be swift. When people are not afraid to die it takes on a new meaning and danger. Glad to see you. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I think your message on hate gave me the courage to write this piece. People are so divided on what to do, but if we do nothing then hate wins. Thank you for coming to read and comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Peace a solace we all pray for, yet evil dominates our life. We live in fear daily. My granddaughter Lisa is getting ready to fly to New York to see the shows on broad way. There's no talking her out of going. I fear for her life. It should be a happy event for her. Thank you for kind words. I appreciate you. Love and Hugs.

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ruby -- this is a superb poem. ISIS is yet another cancer; like Hitler and the Nazi regime who used a false ideology as a scapegoat and a psychotic "rallying cry" in order to gain power and dominance. Once again, this is all about power. I agree with you and Mike in that this new cancer is complex and devious; like the disease. They hide in sleeper cells, burrowing in, with the intent of striking with death and the intent of instilling constant fear. Fighting this terrorism will require global awareness and a concerted effort in order to understand and deal with this threat effectively. As you stated so well, we need to stand together.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Its so difficult to make a stand.. who are we really standing against.. anyone at anytime could be considered a terrorist or can commit a terrorist act.. but I guess we start writing about it like your letter union poem.. it's a positive start always exploring...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. I guess we will never forget 9-11. It will happen again if we don't stop them. Thank you for sending angels my way.

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      drbj and sherry 23 months ago from south Florida

      The was against Isis, and it IS a war, will be very difficult since we are not fighting a single country or countries, but an ideology held by many individuals in different parts of the world ... including ours!

      It will take a long time but we must rid the world of these barbarians who behead innocent people and make war on women and children as well.

      Well done, Ruby.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, the world is faced with a very complex and difficult enemy here. They claim to represent a God and religion but in fact are pure evil. If the countries of the world unite as one powerful force and the people do not succumb to terror than we will overcome. Great piece here.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done it left me pondering and that is a good thing. Answers are illusive when the foe is hate.

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      Maria Jordan 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      'All we are saying is give peace a chance'

      You are a vessel of peace - your muse makes you a fearless advocate for life and liberty.

      Love and hugs, mar

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes Ruby Jean. We need to pay attention. It CAN (Did) happen here.

      Our hearts go out to those who lost their loved ones, our loved ones. Senseless violence for what end?

      Beautifully expressed.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I do not claim that I have answers. I write from my heart and my heart tells me we must do something to stop this bloody slaughter of innocent people. The idea of war sickens me, but there's a war raging tonight. France and Germany are bombing in the middle east as I type. Complexity is just a word that can be solved. You know I am always happy when you visit my hubs. Thank you much.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Since you've fought in a war you know how horrible it is, but sometimes I feel we must standup against a few misguided terrorist. They cannot win against nations if we stand together. I hate war and it has never solved anything, but this is different in my opinion. A few radicals can be destroyed, and it will prove that we will not tolerate evil hate. Thank you for coming to read and leaving a thoughtful comment.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you tackled a problem I would not touch, only because I feel inadequate in such matters. For me to say "love is the answer" will fall on deaf ears when addressed to ISIS....but where are they? who are they? how do you combat an enemy that has no borders? Like Mike said, a very complex problems and I have no answers.

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      mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. You address a complex problem sith style and grace as only you can. The world is a mess and too many are trying to solve the problems with weapons. I am glad I came by to read your contribution.