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Long Ago
I left the church
due to hypocrisy
they wouldn\'t accept
those different from me

Long Ago
I walked out the door
at age fourteen
leaving an alcoholic family
and the abuse I\'d seen

Long Ago
I fought for equality
and equal rights
expressed my feelings
with rebelious fights

Long Ago
I searched for love
amongst mankind
futile efforts
I must have been blind

Long Ago
I was imprisoned
for a foolish crime
still paying today
though I\'ve done my time

Long Ago
I looked in the mirror
saw a coroners shelf
decided to make changes
starting with self

Long Ago
I used to write
just to get away
now I realize
long ago is still today

Copyright Bob C Shank

"If I told you my reality, you'd
say I have a great imagination,
If I told you my imagination, you'd
say I've lost touch with reality"-Bob Shank, 2004

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The following comments are for "Long Ago"
by poetryman

Hate to comment on typos & punctuation: "rebellious". Also what is the significance of "\" in "wouldn\'t" and "I\'d" ? If it was intentional, I would leave it out)

Other than that I think this is a nice piece: reflective and conclusive with an epiphany.

( Posted by: poliarch [Member] On: September 6, 2005 )

Thanks Poliarch
I hate that, there was no significance, I just fell asleep I guess, I appreciate it,

and robbery, when I was 18, so many moons ago, but like I tell the kids in the youth program, your yesterdays can and surely will haunt your tomorrows.....

( Posted by: poetryman [Member] On: September 6, 2005 )

this poem is really awsome i love all of your work you oare ssuch a good poet!!!!!!!

( Posted by: thesadpoet [Member] On: September 9, 2005 )

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