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Who Weeps More?

Updated on July 21, 2012

Who loves life more than those who have no riches
Except for their children who have to be taught to be sad?
Who weeps more for a poor man who perishes
Except for the woman whose heart beat is all he had?

Or is it a man who has too much to lose?

Who loves the land more upon which they wander
Except those who know others do not value their worth?
Who weeps more than those risking their lives crossing a river
Except ancestors sleeping in graves already erased from this earth?

Or is it a man who owns the land with all the rules?

Who loves their children more than those who have nothing to give them
Except for those who do not ask them to glorify their parents?
Who weeps more for the offspring who must learn to be men and women
Except for those who teach them how life does not give always give presents?

Or is it a man whose children do not have holes in their shoes?

Who loves the sun, moon and the stars that await them each morning
Except those who claim them because they are the chosen ones?
Who loves the silent force inside that compels a smile instead of mourning
Except those who allow the spirit to be strong until their judgment day comes?

Or is it a man who knows it is between Jesus and riches that he must choose?

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      The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you raciniwa! I hope you are doing well...

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      awesome write Mark...

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hi Ryem - Thank you! I really appreciate your kind remarks....

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      This poem has sparked a thousand thoughts in my mind. It's a really good piece!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you shalini. Thank you for reading it and for your praise.

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      this is a really imaginative work, keeps us really engaged

      thank you for sharing it

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hi Phillydreamer - I'm a hard-working white collar guy who is fairly successful but I'm miserablely buried in stress. I have a ten year plan that includes my continued nose to the grindstone approach so my kids can go to college. Then I see poor people on the East Side of town laughing and smiling and they aren't like me; the guy who frowns because his mind is inundated with numbers and his life plan... who is happier? I'm sure they would prefer to have my benefits but I'm not enjoying them; at this point they only enable me to continue working...

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This is one of those poems that make you think. Honestly I don't know the answer, because as much as we should love life for the things we have, we keep working ourselves to death to accumulate more.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Valleypoet... I appreciate it...

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Very thought provoking poem. I enjoyed reading, thanks for sharing.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hi Deborah... thank you again! I have to apologize if I haven't acknowledged all your comments.... guess I'm a bit unorganized....

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Emer... I was watching the old western, The Magnificent Seven and there was a scene where a poor Mexican farmer was shot and killed. His wife ran up, weeping of course. It touched me a bit. I live in South Texas so I'm somewhat emotionally attached to the plight of the immigrants.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Absolutely beautiful .. I love this poem I will out this on the prayer request page on Facebook.

      Debbie

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      Emer420 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a very well written poem. Very insightful and heartfelt. I could feel every single emotion within this as I read it. This was beautiful. :)