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Well, my friend.
You poke fun at us day and night
for expression as we see it.
(Whether right or wrong.)
You think you live on some higher philosophical plain.
(And look down on us as slighly insane.)
If ignorance is bliss, you say,
kissing a pig is an elegant way
to tell us we're in hog heaven.
We take the hits from your slings and arrows
which seems to give you pleasure.
And when one of us disagrees with another believer,
you stick it in our eye for good measure.
This isn't the Coliseum in Rome,
where we all lay down for the lion,
we don't shed our blood in vain for you,
or our ink for lack of tryin'.

I have a sword and a part to play in the whole grand scheme of things.
Don't blame your angst or boredom on any of us---
try your existential kings.
I love my work and others too, and some of yours as well,
so don't blame us for your fiery LitDotHell.
We all have feelings here and time and sweat invested.
Maybe you do need to take a little break,hell, even God once rested.
But if you do go, please come back,
we love you just the same.
Post your work and comment too,
and one more thing...
Try harder not to blame.

Signed,
Those darned Christians


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The following comments are for "Blame it on the Christians"
by williamhill

Brilliant, Williamhill
Absolutely beautifully and eloquently stated... As I have recently joined the ranks of those Darned Christians, I can definitely connect with this. I always love to see your work.
Casey

( Posted by: shefallssoftly [Member] On: February 11, 2006 )

WH...
why is it I'm smiling, 'cause this is kinda' sweet...this one "takes the cake"...and you're
pleased with who made it...tastes good.

Robinbird

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: February 12, 2006 )

Christians -vs-

I am the product of a mixed marriage (Catholic and Protestant), so I agree that it is important to strive for understanding.

This is about as eloquent an expression of irritation as I've ever seen; and done while resheathing the sword. Fit for the stage, Charlie.

~ John

( Posted by: Flonigus [Member] On: February 14, 2006 )

Stop The Hate Spread The Love

( Posted by: TheHealingLoveConnection911 [Member] On: February 14, 2006 )

Bait taken!
Oh William, I love you so. Clever, funny, maybe a weeeeeee bit preachy! Good readin' anyway.

One minor crit: this line seems to have lost the rhythm that flows so well elsewhere: "I love my work and others too, and some of yours as well /
so don't blame us for your fiery LitDotHell."

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: February 14, 2006 )

Sock it to em, Charlie!
Charlie, this was great...hooray for our side!!

Sometimes the pen IS mightier than the sword!!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: February 16, 2006 )

See?
That's exactly what I was referring to earlier this week - -the Christians who assume they're all on one side against everyone else, and thus act as though they're always locked in combat. Thanks for making my point for me, Bea!

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: February 16, 2006 )

Oh Charlie
Always have loved your humor. Enjoyed this read. Made me chuckle. Miss those hillbilly chronicles too.

Nae

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: February 16, 2006 )

Blame it on me
I am pleased with so many responses, Christian and non-Christian alike. As some of you may be aware, this poem was in response(a light-hearted)response to a comment made by a valued member of this site. Other comments have been made recently, and in the past as well alluding to Christians mucking up the poetical atmosphere. I was only reminding those who have that opinion that Christians are a minority, in the arts as well as in everyday life.

The other thing is, I really do like and love good quality work from any writer who has the stones to put themselves out there. We all write at our own risk of ego here. This place wouild not be the success it is(not has been) if it were not for the melting pot of folks who frequent its pages. There are not too many places a writer can go to try their writing bones out, and I am grateful for this place. I am also grateful to Crowe,who is a Christian, for having the vision to start this whole thing. I don't think his Christianity has ever gotten into the way of any writer here.

One more thing, I have found it much easier,in one way, to respond with things I agree with or disagree with, to write about it in poetic form of some kind rather than yell and scream on these pages for no good cause which some folks can take advantage of for their own silly, trite purposes.Trying to respond in the way I have in the above poem exercises and taxes my brain. I think it is the best way for me.

And another thing, Viper, you're dead spot on with your critique of the line you referenced. I apologize if I sounded a weeee bit preachy. It was not my intent, and I know you know that. I really do appreciate you and your work and heart. I was more upset that you were not writing and posting your work than anything else.
(I'm jealous, you know;)

Here's to Lit.

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: February 17, 2006 )

Williamhill
No need to apologize. I thought it was funny!

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: February 17, 2006 )





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