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Winter's bone, satire poetry

Updated on March 13, 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.

Yes we can!

Winter's bone

Crumbling calcium

Weakened spine

Preoccupied populace

Ballot unchecked

Dwindling voting line

Unkind insults hurled

Against the few who care

Politicans roar victory

Inhabitants unaware

Mindless attention span

Unfamiliar with past history

An era when money dangled in Levi jeans

Surplus budget

Income exceeds expenditures

Was it all just an impossible dream? Take a look back, unlock the door that once believed. Organize, rebuild the decaying neighborhoods that once yelled, " Yes we can. " Then look again in your jeans, my bet you'll see money bills of green and extra cash for that almost forgotten vacation adventure.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shanmarie. So nice to see you. This is just a rant, the way I felt after the last election. It appears people didn't care enough to vote. Shame on them. Thank you.. Smiling...

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      That was different. Very thought-provoking, though.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Ben. You know what? I agree. I would never vote for a republican, and I thought I would stay true to the demoratic party, but some have lost the will to fight against greed. I like Hillary, and I hope she runs. I will vote for her. I would like to see a woman in the whitehouse. I don't think a woman would be so quick to fight another war. I guess we'll find out in 2016. Have a good day...

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      The time is right for an factual Independent success story here in the States. With a Right wing that lies 99% of the time and a Left wing that lies 49% of the time, an Independent with facts on her side sure would make her mark wouldn't she! Good to meet you too A E !

      Ben

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ben. Nice to meet you. I was so disappointed after the last election, only one third of voters voted in Il. this last time. What are you going to do when lazy democrats don't vote? I'm hoping in 2016 they will come back and vote. Thank you for coming to read. I appreciate your comment...

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Well said, great poem about apathy at the polls. It seems that is the Right sides strategy, tell Americans "All politicians are corrupt" because they know when they say that, it discourages free thinkers and liberals, but that doesn't stop the Right! They'll vote for anybody, even if everyone of them has been bought and paid for!

      Cheers!

      Ben

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kevin. Happy you found this interesting and liked the song. Thank you so much for sharing...

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was interesting Ruby and I like that song. I voted up and shared.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I know you believe in that dream and yes we can. Happy you liked the video. I love Luther. I miss him, gone much too soon. Thank you dear friend..Hugs galore...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj. A whole dollar, dang ' ain't that great..HaHa. You never fail to make me laugh. I love it...Thank you...

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Ruby! This is one of your best. I believe in that dream, and yes we can! The music video is the perfect compliment to your words. Hugs, dear friend. Voted way up and shared.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I looked in my jeans as you advised,

      And then gave a hoop and a holler.

      I found a wad of Kleenex there

      And also found a whole dollar!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Eddy. Always happy to see you....

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Loved it Ruby and vote up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma.I'm glad you agree. Thank you...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Straight to the point and so very true. Great choice of song.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann, I've been having a problem with posting my comment too. I'm not sure if it's the computer or HP. I agree with your comment. I vote for the person and what that person will do for our country. The reason I said person, I like Hillary and Bill. I don't know if they can turn this economy around but if anyone can, they will... Thank you so much

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Threasa. I knew what you meant in your comment. I agree, when people vote without checking out the person, is wrong. I just wish all people would get involved and vote for the person they think will do the best job. Thank you again.. Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, we will survive, we always have. I have always said that if a person doesn't vote, then don't complain, they deserve what they didn't vote for. I must admit I was disappointed. I believe in equal rights for all and the GOP has too many limitations toward the minority population. We tend to forget, we arrived in this place we call America, from someplace. The Indian race were here when we first arrived, so I believe there is room for all who want to come ..I didn't mean to preach!!! Thank you..

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Have commented on this already but somehow it didn't register, maybe because I've had many problems with internet access lately.

      Great poem, wise words. Yes, we should keep the dream alive and not give up but also have the determination to vote properly with an informed mind.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ruby, oh, yes, I am in complete agreement about all having the right to vote! However, it pains me when one is not informed as to those they are voting for without researching a bit. In other words, just haphazardly voting for someone they do not even now where they stand on important issues. I do not vote along party lines, but look at each individual and do my best to vote for the best person for the office.

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon. It is lovely here.

      Blessings

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. Will we survive? I liked your poetry.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa, I feel very strongly that people cast a vote, but of course, I want them to vote with a knowledge of what the person will do if elected. We all have different beliefs. I vote for a person who will care for all americans, not just the wealthy. It was not too many years ago that women were refused the right to vote, the same for the black population. People have died for this right and not to care enough to vote is beneath my understanding. Thank you for coming to read my piece. I respect all opinions.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, let's never give up hope, for if we still have a breath in us, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. You have written very creatively to express your view of the election in your poem.

      As relates to those who do not bother to vote, it is a sad reality to me due to the many who have fought so that our freedoms are not lost, and then they do not vote. However, I really started thinking on this hard the other day, and this thought has never really entered my mind before, as I have always been of the mindset that ALL should go out and vote. Then the thought popped into my mind, do we really want ALL voting when they are not informed voters and do not really know where those who they are voting for really stand on important issues ... just a strange thought that came out of nowhere.

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Harish. To lose hope is to give up, I just ' ain't built that way. lol.. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I see we agree again. Always glad to see you on my page and thank's for sharing...Smiling..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Venkatachari, I can remember the 90's when we all had a little extra change, of course the price for food and gas were more affordable, and there were more jobs prior to us moving our manufacturing companies overseas. Dreaming is better than losing hope, don't you think? Thank you for reading and commenting..Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. That's the words that erupted on election day. Today I'm hopeful and feel like maybe a new beginning is in sight. Thank you for coming...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will. Maybe they all will work together for the betterment of us all. What bothered me the most was people didn't vote. I will never understand that. I had a friend visit the day of the election, I asked him if he voted and he said, " No they're all crooks. " He is a Vietnam veteran, I was totally blown away. Thank you for reading and commenting...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom, Happy that you found this piece interesting. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Prasetio. Thank you for the beautiful comment...

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Winter's bone has really a thoughtful and deep message to the whole humanity. Ruby, how desperately we all wish our dreams come true but system is too complicated to deal with. Nonetheless, dreamers never lose hope. Great satire. Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh wow Ruby, Politically Correctly Poetically put, I love it, unfortunately it is true.

      Voted-up across the board, and shared and pinned.

      Blessings to you my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Good poetry. But is it ever possible? Income exceeding spendings!!! It can be in dreams. An honest job can never fetch it.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      clever way to make a point.. or at least get your point across.. voted up :)

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Let's see what happens now. Then we'll decide.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting poem.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful as always. I am so happy that I can read your beautiful poem. Good job, my friend. Voted up and have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Jodah. Thank you. I'm glad you thought this piece was unique. I think we all live on optimism, if not, we would be in tears after this election, so few voted. We even lost our Il. governor, Quinn whose done so much to help our state...Thank you. I like your commen sense comment...

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ruby, very unique way of getting your thoughts out there with this interesting poem. Yes I agree there is too much apathy, but we need to stay optimistic that common sense will prevail eventually.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. Thank God I am a dreamer, and we'll get it right someday. I love your positive comment. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. That's the way I feel, only one third of the people voted this time, what a sad day. Thank you much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you DDE. I appreciate your presense on my hubs. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, I'm not sure what the problem is. When President Obame ran, the people were behind him, but now he's down in the polls, 42 aproval rate. I think the Obama health care hurt him, many do not like it. It works well in your, and many other countries. The pharmaceutical companies are powerful and give millions to defeat his health care plan. It is good to speak out against unjust politics. To keep silent is what the takers and shakers want us to do. I will never keep silent!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ruby, what we need right now as the cold begins to bite, is optimism. Great poem. According to Disney, "if you can dream it, you can do it. Bless all the dreamers. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Why keep trying some will say, not us, we're not built that way. To dream ' the impossible dream ' that's us and we ' ain't ever gonna give up believing in America, the way it used to be. Love you too my friend. Thank you..

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Very clever way to get the point across, Ruby! Way to go!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You made your point clear with such a well written poem. Directly and well-mentioned.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Yes, Ruby.

      Lots of apathy about. Reflects people's state though. Again, Obama does not seem to be popular. Do you think people want more wars, tougher stances on foreign policies? Keep it light, as I do not usually visit these areas except for some decent reasoning.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      When Ruby writes it and Luther sings it............oh, we just have to keep on believing and hoping.

      Love you and your big heart, my friend...mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Bill. I will never stop hoping for a better tomorrow for all the people who struggle daily just to feed their families. Why didn't more people vote? Could it be they have no hope left?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a clever and beautiful way to get your point across. Very creative and powerful statement, Ruby! Well done my friend...keep the dream alive!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, that was fast. The dream is still alive in my heart. " Yes we can " We just need to believe again and vote. Only one third of americans voted this time, that's a shame. Thank you my poet friend...

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Interesting idea. Hard to figure out that one. Winter bone indeed, Ruby. Has the dream gone?