Spread Love (This is My Plea)
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ReasonsofbeingTo know me, read me (;
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Dear Mama, let me take a stand.

Spread Love (This is My Plea)

by reasonsofbeing

My mother turns her head to the side and whispers words that make me clench my fists: “Please, for the love of god….try and accept this

I understand you don’t like the man, but please be quiet

Whatever you do, don’t try and fight it Understand, please, with the color of our skin It makes us a target, they’ll never let us win

So pretend to like him, don’t say otherwise

It’s the only way they’ll ever let us get by”

I see the fear in her eyes, the love for her daughter

I remind myself to try and be calmer So I say with a heavy heart but no regret in my voice “No. I’m sorry, but this is my choice.

I can sit down and shut up, Ma please understand

But why would I do that, when I could take a stand? I understand how you feel, mama, I’m scared too But there’s something I need to get through to you

I could sit down, shut up, forget my pain

But then the work of our brothers and our sisters would all be in vain Change starts with one, with anger, with what you have to say Women’s March, airports in New York and LA

If be quiet, who will speak for me? Refugees in Syria, brought down on their knees Mama, I know you’re scared, oh I know But so are the mothers in Syria with nowhere to go

The boys in love, holding hands on the street Walking fast, whispering please, let us be The woman with her daughter, barely grown ‘Locker room talk’ making her afraid to walk home

Words so quickly excused, said to be a regret Easy to backtrack, easy to forget Just like the word ‘NO!’ when screamed by a girl Under a man, by no choice of her own”

How can I be quiet, with the world around me?

Spread love, spread love, this is my plea Republican or democrat, right or left wing I don’t give a crap, it’s all the same thing

Spread love, spread love, even for those you don’t understand Spread love, spread love, this is my stand I’m fifteen years old, what can I do?

I can use my big mouth, and so can you

The only planet spilling blood over the best way to spread love It’s simple, for fuck’s sake, stop screwing it up

We’re all just mothers and daughters and sons

Women and refugees and those with the same love I love this country, even in this day and age To those giving up on it, I dare you, make a change Speak up, I say, they hate you? It’s okay

They hated Gandhi too, Matthew Sheppard, MLK

Make enemies, for Pete’s sake, that’s the key But don’t forget: spread love, spread love This is my plea

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3 months agoReply
@Reasonsofbeing ^-^ <3333

ReasonsofbeingBronze CommaTo know me, read me (;
3 months agoReply
@HOLYGRYPHONS AWW looo, i love you so much <3333

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4 months agoReply
I will literally never tire of reading this, Squishy. It's so damn good!

ReasonsofbeingBronze CommaTo know me, read me (;
6 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil Thank you Bernard! And don't you worry, I'll never stop opening my big mouth. As long as I can carry the torch, you will be too.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
6 months agoReply
They hated me too and they still do. This was ethereally beautiful. Your verses had punch and panache. I am with you sister. I can't march anymore. I am exultant that you are here to carry the torch that I cannot carry anymore. The word choice was descriptive of one generation to another. You did this with excellence. Great poem!!!!!

ReasonsofbeingBronze CommaTo know me, read me (;
6 months agoReply
@tdog16 poems don't really have rules like essays or short stories do (:

tdog16Gifted Writer14 and excited!
6 months agoReply
Really??!!! I didn't know that! Thanks for informing me!

ReasonsofbeingBronze CommaTo know me, read me (;
6 months agoReply
@tdog16 thanks for the comment! in regards to the punctuation, poems don't have the same rules for punctuation as other pieces you may read, it's really up to the author, and many times poets only add punctuation in poems for emphasis.

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6 months agoReply
Very beautiful poem although it could use a grammer check(forgot some punctuation.) But in the end the message was well told and boldly emphasized making it a wonderful story!