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H.O.W. Humanity One World: I Cry Real Tears

Updated on July 2, 2013

A FEW INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

I will begin by apologizing. I am not a poet. I am not really even a poet-wannabe. I am an essayist for lack of a better description, and the world is a much better place because I have chosen not to write poetry.

Having said that, if I were to be a poet, I picture myself as one of those coffee shop beatniks from the late 50’ and early 60’s, pounding out a heavy message in a smoke-filled room, the murmurings of small groups in the background. I would rant and rage against society and man’s inhumanity towards man. I would be the defender of the environment and I would be the last wall of defense against greed and ego.

If I were a poet, it would sound something like this.

Crying Real Tears
Crying Real Tears | Source

I CRY REAL TEARS

Take a walk with me, dude; I want you to see how things are.

See that baby over yonder? She has fetal alcohol syndrome, man,

and she be hurting something fierce. That stuff is real, man, and just between

you and me, I’d like to beat her mother upside the head. No excuse for that, man, no excuse

and I wonder when it’s going to stop….when will that baby’s last tear be shed? I wonder because

I cry real tears for her.


See that dude over there, the one with the three-piece Armani and

his stock options? Shuckin’ and jivin’, man, all the way to the bank and then

Bermuda, and he don’t see, man, he just don’t see. There is misery around him, but

that misery ain’t apparent in the country club now is it? Can he see it? Can he see as I can see

while I cry real tears?


Fighting for freedom, man, salute the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

We need them, man, they be our sentinels of freedom, and we do crave their skills

but hey, who needs them when the guns are silenced and their tour is over, does

anyone even see them? Do they need help? Well, tough, man, we don’t see them now, even though

they cry real tears.


See the homeless, man, and see the poor? Creating an eyesore you say?

No place for them in society you say? Bad for business you say? What the hell

is the matter with you, man? That one over there was a teacher, and that one a fireman,

invisible now, the great unwashed, steamrolled over by a society on the move, gotta move, no time for

crying real tears.


Parking lots for Paradise, man, and who gives a damn?

It’s all about progress, dude, and you are either with us or against us,

America, love it or leave it, and take your damn spotted owl with you, because

quite frankly, man, it is us or them, and purple mountains majesty don’t pay the bills, so suck it up and

don’t be crying no real tears.


And still I cry, man, I can’t hold back those real tears.

There are too many suffering and too few accepting responsibility

and too few wrapped safely in a cocoon of indifference and what the hell

happens when there is nobody, and I mean nobody, willing to

cry real tears?

Do You Belong to the H.O.W. Movement?

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LAST THOUGHTS

If you have any desire to help us with our movement, then turn to the H.O.W. website found here.

You can also find us on Facebook right here!

We hope to see you in the near future. If you care at all about our present and our future, then please, consider our message, that there is only one world, and there is only one race, and we are in this together. Change can happen, but it will happen one person at a time, then one neighborhood at a time, and then one community at a time. We can be….we must be….the instruments of change in this world.

Will you help us?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Let me read my poem for you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sadika, you are very welcome and thank you!

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California

      Thanks Billy, I have to show this to all my friends. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thank you! Coming from a poet of your talent, it means a lot to me.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      And still I cry, man, I can’t hold back those real tears.

      There are too many suffering and too few accepting responsibility

      and too few wrapped safely in a cocoon of indifference and what the hell

      happens when there is nobody, and I mean nobody, willing to

      cry real tears?

      Only two words here Billy.

      Powerful and beautiful !!!

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, God bless you my friend, and I hope you are feeling better now. No guilt....we do what we can, when we can, and each act of kindness is a step in the right direction. Bless you and thank you always.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Bill,

      Beautiful and touching poem indeed! I couldn't agree with you more. I just completed a hub on H.O.W. and will be publishing it soon. Have been feeling so guilty about not doing it all this while that I am feeling a little better now.

      Hats off to you Bill for launching this wonderful movement. Thank you.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, that was one of the most beautiful comments I have received this past year. Thank you so much! In truth I have a hard time with praise of this sort; I just see myself as a regular person trying to make things right in this world....and it seems to me that I should be expected to do that. :)

      Happy New Year my friend, and thank you for YOUR friendship. I meet people like you, and read your words, and learn more about you, and I realize that there is great hope for the future.

      Peace and the love of friendship coming your way

      bill

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Bill, you ARE a poet! In the way you write, and in the way you live! You have truly hit on what the heck is wrong with us. I love poems in that they target one area and explore the permutations of the issue explored.

      Your website is inspiring, dear soul__and YOU are inspiring!

      Thank you so much for all that you do for us hubbers__and for humankind. And HOW!

      God bless you in your wondrous and valuable work, Bill. I will ramp up my consciousness to do more, thanks to your profound candidness, humility, and courage in doing what must be done if we are to live in peace and yes, joy.

      Please, when the spirit moves, write more poetry!

      Thank you so much for your friendship and for your inspiring generosity. Happy New Year, and blessings to you and yours, Reba

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, that was incredibly kind of you. What the hell are you smoking? LOL Thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      One of the best poems i've ever read - and HOW!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Kelly, and I appreciate it. Thank you!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful Bill and yes I do support HOW!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! This may be my one and only attempt at poetry, so I'm glad it was so well received.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Finally catching up on my reading from the last 5 days. Really powerful...lyrics for a great song which would spread your message around the world. "Parking lots for Paradise".... wow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! To me, the jury is still out regarding poetry, but I appreciate the kind words. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wow, Bill, you are even a talented poet! Seriously, your voice is a cry for justice for all individuals. Thanks for your post and wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, it does my heart good to see so many people respond...but then I was pretty sure I was hanging with some winners here on HP. Thank you my dear; there is still a lot of work left to do, but it's a beginning. :)

      love to you,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you once again. My goodness, what did I do to deserve so much attention from you today?

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You produced a heart touching and informative poem with this equally as impressive hub addition as well.

      Great job with awesome movement you created.

      It must ease your heart a bit to see so many getting involved.

      Love, Beckie XO

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Not many people think or look the other side, you have made an important note in this poetry. Voted up!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nova, thank you! Low self-esteem? Not really; once that was true but no longer. I'm just realistic about my poetic talents. :)

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      billy: Wake up! you seem to have a low self-esteem, in the meantime you are so talented and appreciated by many people. You made me aware that there's a HOW movement and I will definitely look into it. The problem with mankind is, that we are self-centered and greedy individuals. We go through life with our eyes closed and ignore the misery around us. Every now and then we do something for our bad conscience and donate a few bucks for an orphan in Africa who we don't know and we don't have to interact with. You are right, the world is one planet that we share but we get more and more ignorant of what's going on around us. A sad story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, if only indeed! I keep waiting and hoping that things will change. Perhaps that is the problem; I'm waiting and not doing anything more. :) I'll have to work on that. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasta, thank you! I'm glad the vibe was evident.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Your message comes across loud and clear Bill. If only issues like this moved more people to tears there would be much more sharing of compassion and kindness. Passing this on.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      It does have a 70's vibe. It was fun reading even though emotional.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nmdonders, thank you so much! We just started H.O.W. this week, so you are just walking through the front door of this movement. We are excited about it and we hope to make some kind of difference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Cris! Your kind words mean a great deal to me. I hope you are well; sending blessings and happiness your way.

      bill

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      I'm never disappointed whenever I stop to read something by you. I'm not really a poet person at all (I wrote one just to try it but that's it) but this was really good and very powerful. I love how real it is.

      I've also never heard of H.O.W. before so thank you for sharing. This is a powerful message that's wonderfully written.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Brilliant! Who says you can't be a poet? I cry real tears here man!

      Absolutely powerful. Voting up and across (except funny) and will share this heart wrenching, wake up call hub.

      Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sylviane, thank you! I guess it reflects me a bit in that way. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue! I do feel strongly about humanity, as I'm sure it shows. I'll try to get that video done this weekend.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill

      I cried real tears as your poem truly moved me as your passion towards humanity rings loud with each word.

      I think it would be a great idea if you make a video and recite your poem for others to hear on YouTube.

      God bless you my friend

      Sue

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, my pleasure. A couple of us started this movement last week, and the response has been terrific. Thank you for visiting and the kind words.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Wow. What powerful words you have woven here. You may say you are not a poet, but to me a poet is someone who has a way with words that brings home the message in a manner not soon forgotten. You have done that very well. I knew not of this organization, but I do now. What a worthy group to belong to. Thanks again Bill. You continue to open my eyes and lead me onto new paths of discovery.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I was thinking the same thing when Vincent commented....like Wow! LOL Thanks for dropping by my friend; I hope you are well.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dang, Bill, maybe you should write more poetry! This is good stuff--the rhythm, the feel, the voice, the message. You even got the attention of Vincent Moore, one of the greats! Don't close the door to poetry. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Eddy, I'm glad you had a chance to read my one and only poem. When I compare this to others written by excellent poets like yourself, it is sorely lacking. However, I tried it, did it, and now can move back to what I do best. :)

      Thank you my dear, and have a wonderful afternoon.

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wow Billy !!!This is the second time to day that I say "Don't ever say you are not a poet again."

      That was a wonderful poem my friend ;so clever and more importantly it came from your heart!!

      The first time I said this today was to Janine;and I hope that we will have the pleasure of many more fro you now Billy my dear friend. I vote across,up and share.

      Have a wonderful day my poetic friend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, good luck finding your dog and thank you for taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, it is sad, and I suspect closer to the truth than anyone would want to admit. Darwinism at the human level.

      Thank you Martie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that's all a writer can hope for, to have his/her message received. Thank you and good luck with that computer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, message received....thank you for caring enough to write an article. I look forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunnie, thank you so much! It is hard for me, this style, but it's possibly the best I can do, so it will have to be good enough. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you must never apologize to me. We are friends, and you do what you can when you can, and I will be happy. I gladly accept your hug and friendship. Thank you my dear, and hugs back to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, we truly are friends, and I find that amazing, and I am deeply gratified. Thank you and blessings to you this chilly November morn.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I do believe you are correct, although I keep thinking there is something more I can do. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debby, it gets to me, that's for sure. Thank you kind lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! We'll see what happens. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I love your message, BB. Sorry about the short comment...leaving Missouri...and gotta get home to find my beloved dog...

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This one is quite a tear-puller, billybuc! I could hear soft music in the background. Two saddening thoughts have crossed my mind:

      "Eventually only the strong survive."

      "One man's dead is another man's bread."

      So sad, but oh so very true.

      Voted up and to ponder :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Bill: I know I am usually among the first to comment. My computer was fixing itself all day yesterday. I enjoyed your poem and the sincerity behind the words. I know you are so passionate about making our world a better place for all to live and that comes through loud and clear.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      No-one could have said it better Bill. Powerful heartwrenching poetry.

      You got your message across lud and clear.

      I will be working on an article over the next day or two even though I am not very good at writing 'articles'

      Well done

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      You said it all Billy...you are very poetic and I don't think there is any right or wrong way as a poet's soul is diverse as humanity. I could see you speaking this over a crowd as silence takes over the noisy room, giving ear to one great poem. Great job and a great message.

      Sunnie

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, I knew you had a poet in you. This was awesome and beautiful! I'm sorry I haven't come up with my H.O.W. hub yet. (I have too many body parts to learn in latin right now.) I'm thinking about H.O.W. every minute and I even dreamed about it one night. You are affecting so many people with your words, Bill. We will reach out to more and more people, and it all started with you. Hugs from a freezing Finland. The winter is on its way now...

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You got the multiple messages across loudly and clearly. And sometimes it takes us moving out of our comfort zone to make a point we feel passionately about. Bringing awareness, keeping it alive, is a powerful way to make a difference, my Friend.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - or, should I say Maynard? Dobie Gillis is calling you home! lol Great poem, my friend. So many messages and so few ears listening. All we can do is to try to bring about awareness. Great job, my friend!

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Good job, Billy. Maynard G. Krebs would be proud of your poetry, will bongo drums in the background. The world sure does get to you every time you read another news article. Blessings, Debby

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. shared, good luck.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra....:)

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      jacksonjojaf 4 years ago

      Susan - you have a beautiful family! I loved the photos! I am agreeing with you 110% again! I think people get confused about what quality time really means anymore. I see parents that just drop their kids off at our softball games and don't even watch that! Or the parents that think that IS quality times they lack other routes of communication,

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      you are welcome/very excited to see!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tom....LOL....great comment, and I can just see the picture you painted. Love it! Thank you buddy; I greatly appreciate your kind words and acceptance of my first poem.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, thank you! I know you are sincere; I just don't see the poet in me, but that is my hangup. One day maybe I'll trust in the words of friends who tell me that I am poetic in nature. :) We all have that nagging doubt, don't we? I will try to make a video this weekend; thank you for the suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, you are oh so right! We have received a beautiful gift, and we must give it back. Thank you for expressing it perfectly, and thank you for being a part of this movement.

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      I can just see you, billy, in your skin-tight, hip hugging jeans belled at the bottom by sewing in V-cuts of an old shirt in the seams that were cut, wearing a silky polyester flower shirt with only the bottom three buttons buttoned so everyone can see your chest hair and the love beads dangling from your neck, with your hair permed into a faux 'fro, in front of a crowd of people wanting to be non-conformists just like everybody else, and who respond to your dissertation with yelps of "right on" and "far out, man!"

      Nice job! Powerful message!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Tonight, I am reading some of the best poetry! Your first effort included! Bill, I see Bob Dylan in you! I don't think you know how brilliant this is! Make a video of this performing it!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      billybuc -

      You captured the Beat Era flavor expressly. This is the proper season to push this movement, because we received a gift - an easier life than many, no matter what our troubles, and we can pass on a part of that gift, at least. We can ease someone else's way and they can do the same sometime in the future of a population more human, because we made it that way, because we'd received a Gift. Expressly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, thank you for joining up with us. I greatly appreciate you caring enough to stand with us. Thank you for your kind words about the poem; I'm glad the message moved you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, thank you! For some reason, the beatnik poetry has always appealed to me. Most of it was raw emotions, and I suspect that had a great influence on me.

      You have a lot of articles about H.O.W. to choose from; the response has been incredible.

      Thank you my friend,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, with your poetic talents, we could use your voice. Thank you for considering helping us with this; I hope to see something from you.

      blessings to you always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nora, thank you so much! I doubt you'll be seeing much poetry from me, but I'm glad the message came through loud and clear. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you so much! I was quite nervous about writing a poem, but I think the message came through.

      Blessings to you my friend

      bill

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is just so beautiful, and I can feel the tears starting to well up in my heart. Just like I feel when I watch those informational shorts on tv about the starving children in Africa. To be a new charter supporter of the H.O.W. movement, I truly can see how these efforts can bring us to our feet so we can uplift a new concern for those who need us. Thank you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, this was really powerful, my friend, and from the looks of it, seems like poetry, especially beatnik style, is an overlooked gift you've been given. Hope to see more of this from you in the future.

      This is the first H.O.W. article I've read, but I've been seeing them pop up all over so it looks like there's quite a movement going on already.

      Will check more of these hubs out soon.

      Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      And you said that you couldn't rhyme, why billybuc you did fine. A poem can be elouquently scribed or come from the inner most part of the heart. I can tell in a heart beat the difference, and yours came from your heart. I want to join this force of enlightenment, HOW, maybe now i an inspired, we will see what my muse has in store for me..Peace my friend..

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      Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love the message behind this poem. I agree with our fellow hubbers, you are a poet and I hope to read more from you! Great work spreading the word!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This poem is a sheer beauty and the truth, that you have opened out eyes to. Most of us have become so indifferent to human suffering that we do have to time pause, reflect and help the lesser priviledged amongst us.

      You have done a great job in motivating people by starting this movement. May the Lord bless you strength to carry on and achieve your objective.

      Sharing this love.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, there is no doubt about that. Thank you for the kind words, but more importantly, thank you for caring so much about humanity and the environment.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are a poet, Billy, you made your mark. And as far as H.O.W., I contribute every day, with every piece that I write. I joined the cause even before it was an official cause. I have your back and I know that you have mine...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, there are times that it is a full-time job making myself a better human being. :) Thank you for the kind words and I hope you enjoy the website.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you continue to amaze me. Also my introduction to H.O.W. I will check out the web-site and jump in head first. Thank you for continuing to spread this message and helping us all to become better human beings.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, any group with you in it is a good group. :) We will be happy to have you; thank you! We are on Facebook; I can send you the link and invite you to join the FB page.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed your poem. It is my introduction to the H.O.W. movement. I will certainly look into it and find a way to be one of many people who can step up to help those in need.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Bill, I will add everyone's links as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mmperrottet, thank you so much for posting the H.O.W. movement. We may be small in number, but our hearts are strong and we are growing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, thank you! Any writer loves to hear that their work elicited such a response. As for H.O.W.....it is growing, and it is needed badly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you! Poetry confuses me, so I just decided to let it free-flow from my heart. I am so happy that you liked it. As for homelessness, it is a blight on the soul of humanity, and anyone not affected emotionally by it is no friend of mine. God bless you, Faith, for caring so deeply. I will post your H.O.W. hubs on Facebook to make them part of the movement.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith; you are a walking poster child for compassion. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Actually I have two highlighted on this issue: H.O.W. Humanity One World, as I saw C.M. Castro's poem from four months ago, and remembered a poem, as well, that will fit right in right along these issues.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Bill!

      You are a poet of the heart, as the words you write come straight out of your loving heart for others no doubt! Any man who cries tears for those suffering is a real man and one of true integrity. Thank you for sharing your heart here.

      When I first joined HP in April, I had written on the issue of homelessness, as I was convicted to serve the homeless around the building in which I work in the city. This is an issue about which I am very passionate, as we are talking about human beings and not just garbage on the street. If I may, since I have already written along these lines, I will change the title at the end of that piece to: H.O.W. Humanity One World.

      Hugs and more hugs to you for your sensitive and loving heart for all of humanity.

      Voted Way up and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      That poem made me cry real tears. I have to look into this H.O.W. organization. I didn't know anything about it. When will people of money and power realize the urgency of acting now to make the world a better place for the human race? We will do all that we can to make the changes without them but united would resonate America for what it was born to be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie! I am honored by your words. Life, for me, is all about passion. I want to experience as much as possible in the time I have left, and that includes the pain of the suffering. :) thank you Debbie!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Wow, Bill - You've been busy - I love the website for H.O.W. Great job! Have you been following the forum posts concerning the unique tag that we are using - humanityoneworld? I've put posts on my blog from the RSS feed. I'll also put a link to the website on there as well. Great first crack at poetry, and very impressive job on the website. I'm going back the the H.O.W. website and take my time browsing through the hubs offered there.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, I think you can now call yourself a poet. What I like the most about your writing is the passion that you feel for those who are hurting and the desire to see change.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tammy; my first and only poem. :) I'm just not comfortable writing these.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on your first and very wonderful poem. It is brilliant and moving!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vincent, I happen to consider you one of the few excellent poets on HP, so your praise warms my heart. Thank you Sir! I will try to live up to those lofty words. I'll see you down on Main!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I was pretty nervous about writing this. Just not comfortable with poetry, but I greatly appreciate your kind words.