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Lines In The Sand

Updated on October 8, 2010

There’s a line drawn in the sand.

It’s a point where each has to make a stand.

It’s there for every woman, every man.

It’s not like we haven’t known before-hand.


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This sand isn’t in the desert,

or on a seaside beach.

It’s in a person’s heart,

so it’s very easy to reach.


We can wonder,

where the trail begins.

And how we start on the trail,

of little white sins.


How can such a small sin rank,

When really, it was just a silly prank?

No I don’t have a ticket, very much to my chagrin.

But you know my family and me; surely you can sneak me in.


Keep a clear head, there is no need to worry.

It was a small dent and I was in a hurry.

I just got out of some taxes with my off shore account.

Yes, I’m very pleased. It was a pretty “fair” amount.


We went through some hoops and minor rigors

As my accountant adeptly fudged a few figures.

I may get away with things, I may avoid a fine.

A judge might forgive because it was just outside the line.


It could have been just over the legal limit.

My lawyer advised, say nothing, never admit.

They doth protest too much me thinks.

For I only had a couple of drinks.


I did no time, I paid a small fine.

I even got out of a nasty headline.

My lawyer got well-paid for a dirty job well-done.

I had to pay some piper to get out of that nasty one.


Being fair is really just for fools.

I’ll just use my tools to break the rules.

If I’m in a mess I must confess, I won’t confess.

I’ll use every resource in my access.


I’ll get by. I’ll lie and deny.

You know I can buy an alibi.

So let’s all toe that party line

The system we’ll undermine.


Let’s play just inside the line.

I’ll merely pay another fine.

I’ll be getting away with murder before they can draw the chalkline.

Before the dust all settles we’ll be toasting with a glass of wine.


I don’t need a God or even a four leaf clover.

Just need a little money to assure that I get over.

I can break the laws of physics along with the Golden Rule.

And when I make my toast, I’ll even ridicule.


“Yes, the man who dies with the most toys wins.

It’s money that can wash away all sins.”

I’m king of the hill. I’ve won the rat-race.

What’s this? I’m dead? Is that God’s face?


God, You’ll love me up here. On earth I was a star.

What do You mean I missed it by “that far”?

All in all I was just trying to get by.

What do You mean I poked You in the eye?


I may have turned my head, ignored some suffering and such.

What I’ve done to my brother I’ve done to You inasmuch?

There’s is nothing I can do? No fine that I can pay?

I see. It’s Your turn, to look the other way.


Pay your dues well before hand.

Watch how you treat your fellow man.

Give your sisters and brothers a helping hand.

Before you come to God’s witness stand.


There’s a line drawn in the sand.


by Micky Dee

Kseniya Simonova, Sand, Ukraine, German Invasion

Lines In The Sand-by Micky Dee

Line in the sand: a metaphorical point beyond which no further advance will be accepted or made.


God, What's a metaphor?

Micky: God?

God: Yeah Micky?

Micky: What’s a metaphor?

God: Whatever you want it phor.

Micky: That’s some sense of humor You have there God.

God: Yeah, well I knew George Burns before he was God.

Micky: You’re really on a roll today. I love the drum roll/rim shot too. Thanks


by Micky Dee


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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Thank you my dear Sa'ge.

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      Barefiit Wahine 6 years ago

      This is one piece you have done that I can read again and again. Thank you again for this piece.

      and...............

      Kseniya Simonova is one artist I can watch over and over, she is simply Divine and exquisite in her work. I just had come back and watch it again. I love you... :D Hugs :D

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Dear Lita. You're very kind. I'm coming to see you. God bless!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      What a way to tell everyone that we are imperfect beings always crossing the lines of our daily misdeeds? Ahhh- money, wisdom, and power what have you done? I love the metaphor! You're a perfect word user and even your playful attempts to put your meaning across is beneficial to this community. Thanks for your wits with words!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Ma'am Sa'ge Dear!

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      strange how some will cross just to see.........

      great work here. :D caused me to dance. loved the metaphor! God really does answer :D yep, He does! :D X

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Once again I thank you sir. I get to read my stuff that God put in my head and I get to read yours. Thanks MFB!

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      When one who faces a line in the sand is tested by fire, and chooses the right side, by burning with a passion to resolve it, then all becomes as smooth as glass, chrystal clear, offering a vision for any other lines in the sand one must face. super hub.....offering windows of opportunity to those facing walls. ~~~MFB III

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Ladybird.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Dim Flaxenwick- I'm following you around here. Thank you for all the nice things you say.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Loved it!!!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh Micky , that was so, so good a read. Thank you. Well done. God bless.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Aw, Moulik Mistry -you're the same for me. Thank you.

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      It is strong metaphor that draws the line between a good and a bad poem but that line is not drawn on the sand. I highly appreciate the way you have captivated me, Mickey...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You're right UG. These folks on the street don't hang a lot with the United Way some other big charities. Some are just waiting to feel some humanity.

      Our country should reform. Get another name and be a real leader in the international community. If I were to name a new country, it may be something like the United States of Humanity, perhaps- United States of Goodwill, maybe- United States of the Golden Rule. Thank you sir.

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      OK. It's me. I'm back. Just when you thought it was safe to write another Hub. Mick, how many times have we not walked that line? Rationalized what we did was for the greater good of who? Some clowns in DC we'll never meet? How many times will we flip the script just to get over? Console ourselves because we walked by a homeless family pretending to be deeply interested in the sales on the store window?

      We'll be held accountable for which side we choose regardless of how well we assuage our guilt here.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Hokey. You and I are members of a larger "Mutual admiration society". Thanks very much. I'll be over your way soon.

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      Hokey 7 years ago from In the energy.

      This is great! I really like it! Thanks!!!!!!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Moulik Mistry. You're very kind. Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thanks LeslieAdrienne. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Loved, very much loved, thank you for sharing...

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nice....thanks for the hub...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hey. My humor is dry. I have to draw a diagram occasionally and read it myself. Hope you had a great day.

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      ohhhhhh I was so sleepy yesterday...and I read it wrong...I thought I wasn't understanding your poetry..I get it now! You know what my nickname should be..."do-do-do" hehehe I am kind of brain dead lately...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thanks SwiftlyClean. You take care and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      That has said alot,no one thing should be added,and Gods Blessings be with You!!!!!

      Sharon Smith

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Maven. I can't answer your questions. I'm not the score keeper. I guess it depends on what you do with the "fudge". I think donations to the Salvation Army are in your favor- unless that army gets armed. I think you should get credit for choosing your favorite charity- unless Charity is underage. I think your vote on where the line is drawn should be considered. Yes, I do think your cat should have a vote- depending on how many birds it eats or maybe how it plays with its food. A line is drawn somewhere. Sometimes I may draw one for myself. Thanks you for the playful folly. I appreciate your gifts to a hungry world.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Oh Prettydarkhorse, you also brighten my day. I can see I'm not only leaning toward being a bigamist but a trigamist. You three ladies always raise me up. Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Tim-Tim. You are always so delightful. I hope you're having a great day off. Be good to yourself. Monday comes too quickly. I do love you too.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      No, no, no Ghost. You have not hurt. You help heal. That's your goal and part of your purpose. I was only trying to retract again that a metaphor is anything you want it phor. Don't take anything I say to be negative toward you. I love you. Thank you.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Phor is something I yell when my slice is heading for someones head...Am I fudging if I buy carbon credits to assuage my rapacious lifestyle..? Will the final arbiter not consider my yearly donations to the Salvation Army..? Would I not get extra credit for choosing His favorite charity..? Do I have a vote in the matter of where that line in the sand should begin..? Does my cat have a vote..? Inquiring minds need to know before...we begin defining God's metaphor..

      Thanks for this fun jingle, it was a playful ride, on a bicycle built for two.....Larry

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mick, a line is always drawn and I can see your heart in this beautiful poem, TC, Maita

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Oh, wow! Beautiful:)

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      A metaphor to me is a word used to mean something else....

      I don't understand? Am I missing something while reading this great hub? Yup worked both jobs today...got home earlier than usual tonight! yippeee.

      Line in the sand is a metaphor also? I must be sleepy..and dumb.

      If I have hurt you or said something stupid, I am sorry-not ever my intent-especially with you Micky..

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Ghost Whisper. I know you worked hard and long today and yesterday. Well I know you work enough anyway. Thanks for stopping by. What's a metaphor?

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Creativeone. You always lift people up. Thanks

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Poetlorraine. You are so kind. I enjoyed your work today as well.

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Ahhhh your pulling out the poetry tonight are you? :)

      I love it. This was a good one also...many people don't see what is most important-you can't take it with you and once all is said and done...what do you have but yourself.

      Line in the sand--love the title. Hope you are having a good night MickyDee. Stalker gurly was here :)

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for an awesome hub, I enjoyed it. great talent Micky. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      i so enjoyed that. Thanks for working so hard in your hubs, they are always delightful

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Nell Rose. You would be as sweet by any other name! Thanks

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, that was really great. Another good one. cheers nell

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Dylan is correct Dusty. "they cruise at the speed of reckless" We're not going to pick out furniture together or anything- but I love you man!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Mickey, "We've all gotta serve somebody" that line rings a bell, maybe you know, seems to me, maybe a Bob Dylan tune? but no matter it is a true statement, sadly many serve money, and things as they cruise at the speed of reckless well past the line in the sand. I did a 180 and I hope it was in time and back as far as I needed to go. Fair winds and following seas, my friend

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you 50 Caliber for coming by. We've all gotta serve somebody. It may as well be an all powerful, benevolent God. A man can't stand as tall as when he's on his knees. Thank you sir.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Mickey, a stunning presentation of wit in words, to the line in the sand we may one day jump if we haven't already. Then we have hope as we are still alive to humbly kneel and admit as we crawl back to the side we should not have left.