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She stood there still

She stood there still

Because that is all she could do

With the loud conversation playing in her eardrums

She heard every storyline and recognized everybody voice.

It made her insane for a year and a half

And all kinds on things happened

They think it’s some joke

To be in a position to hurt someone like that.

If you think a simple I’m sorry is going to do it, you’re wrong

If you think hitting like on face-book is going to make it better, you’re wrong.

Nothing is ever going to be the same

And she still stands there still because sometimes that is all she can do.


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A Monument to Strong Hands & The Forgottens

I appreciate that this beautiful mausoleum is an erected testament to the MacLeay family of Portland, Oregon. But, for me, this structure, the highest amongst thousands of graves in the Lone Fir Cemertery, is a fascinating testament to stone masons and glass-smiths that carried out someone’s vision. No, it’s not a European edifice many hundreds of years old, but the craftsmen here were definitely a byproduct of those craftsmen. 

Project to Honor Chinese and the Insane Buried in unmarked graves here


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Hunger

 

Malnutrition.

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Growling with emptiness their

stomachs are burning with weakness

they are hungry.

 

Staring at their un-easiness

their bulging bellies retrieving us

it seems so defeat less

they say.

 

This hunger; this depleted health

melting on the meek

starving, incomplete.

 

The wealthy turn their heads

stuffing their mouths with the dead

homeless and poor, alone they are

writhing in pain.

 

Fulfilling the stomach on greed

is disastrous, when hunger seems

so vast, so immediate and

where’s the shame?

 

All of this world’s bounty wasted

on the meaningless — the insane.

 

© [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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