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  1.  Mediocre
  2.  As Whats Practicality Got To Do With It...
  3.  As More Thought You Seen Heard It All...
  4.  As What You Don't Know I Do...

by Ronald W. Hull
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.
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There are now more awards and more genres, as well as those that titillate, shock and pay. We also know that there are more writers and bloggers every day. Political spin, lying and sin. With text and tweets and selfie sweets, classic writing is harder to find. Cursive is near gone already and ink on paper is probably close behind. There are still gems to find.

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I'm wading through mediocre,
looking for a tome.
Of words and wishes many,
that I can take to home.

I'm choking on the arrogant,
with answers that are strong.
But filled with fine hypocrisy,
still many go along.

I'm struck by those of faith,
who throw their fears aside,
by believing in indoctrination,
something I cannot abide.

I'm overwhelmed with intellect,
of those on higher plane,
can't get down to earth at all,
from their refined terrain.

I'm shunned by the exclusive,
under their special rules.
Upon a close examination,
just a bunch of silly fools.

There is so much promotion,
of cures for nearly everything.
Just sign up and pay your money,
get certified and swing.

Write for mass consumption,
quality is not required.
Just lots of shock and action,
your audience is already wired.

Just pick your bloated fantasy,
and let the sequels unwind,
get them hooked on escapism,
and groupies you will find.

Across this landscape barren,
I work my way with care,
someday on the horizon,
to find some classics rare.

Floating on a riffraff raft,
of data mining deep,
the future may find,
a classic I can keep.

Copyright 2015 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by alex canton-dutari 5/20/2015
While most people do seem to settle with mediocrity, and remain quite comfortable in it, there are some of us that steer away from it, the reason why I am your fan, Ron.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/19/2015
Your last stanza is perfect Ron. Mediocre certainly does not exist in this or any of your works. Thank you for the unique way you expressed Mediocre. May peace and love be always with you. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/19/2015
You certainly are not Mediocre by any means.
This was fantastic as always!

Peace, love and light
Reviewed by John Domino 5/18/2015
Great points here Ron. I recall sitting under a jet engine turning some wrenches slowly just so the boss would stay off our backs. Then one day I said to myself, "I am sick and tired of being a monkey in the middle mediocre nobody" so I started to get better at what I was doing and soon I was called the "jet engine expert". That day changed my life. Good people will take care of you if you go out of your way. No, it has not always been easy but in the long run it helped me develop an appreciation for others and gave me a caring attitude for others in need. I visit homeless shelters and foster homes regularly. I help out when and where I can. Folks who claim democrats are better than republicans forget Able Lincoln was a republican and FDR was a democrat. Both presidents gave their hearts and souls to this great country. Today if a president trips on a rock it's in the news. So since nobody is a saint they are all labeled bad while in office. They begin to be mediocre because they are afraid to do anything wrong. Most in congress are no different so what are we raising? A group of frozen chosen who try to please everyone and forget where they stand because they change opinions with the wind. That's sad.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 5/18/2015
" Mediocre," one heard way back when, teachers said it,
parents meant it and we believed it was true...


Reviewed by Diana Wiles 5/18/2015
There are still gems to find Ron...
I've just found one!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/18/2015
A sad refrain, indeed - with a lot of very sad truths in this 'modern world' we've now created.
Reviewed by Debra Bateman 5/17/2015
I like this! Thank you for sharing! :)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/17/2015
Again, this is cleverly, witty, meaningful, and also well-expressed. I'm always impressed with the disciplined writing of rhyme and rhythm. Thank you, Ron. Love and peace,

Reviewed by D.T. de Bruijn 5/17/2015
Congrats on a beautiful poem!
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/16/2015
Ron ... Amen my Friend ... Amen !

Mediocrity ,,, thy name is Apathy ...

An uncaring for excellence. Not just in writing, but also in all aspects of life.

Uncaring for Global Warming ... Uncaring for Starving children ... Uncaring for so-called "collateral damage" in all wars ... Uncaring for re-electing corrupt officials ... Uncaring for Disabled Veterans ... Uncaring politicians, especially Congress, and more specifically, Republican "Do Nothings" ... Uncaring for homeless "Street People" ...

and more, More, MORE !


Yes Ron ... Mediocrity is now ... "Our most important product!"

Peace ... Tom ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/16/2015
I remember mediocre, that is what my English lit teacher used to say about my stories & I accepted it & coveted his decision...until I got to AD, I never saw so many ratings that were considered to be quite top of the line, as it were...I would be more than happy to receive a mediocre review every now and again...-e-
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/16/2015
I want an award for "award wanters"!

Love ya!

Reviewed by J. Quantaman 5/16/2015
Cream will eventually rise to the top. Authors who love language and seek truth and beaut will be celebrated past their lifetimes, like vintage wines.
Reviewed by Michael Schafer 5/16/2015
I recently attended an awards ceremony at my GD's school, and every kid got an award for something. Anymore, it seems awards are handed out for the most trivial of things, and there's little incentive to strive to be better. When we start awarding mediocrity, mediocrity becomes the norm, and we're the less for it.

Michael D.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 5/16/2015
Such is NOT the quest of many people, sadly. Keep looking, for "classic" or perhaps a phrase to define it, "spending time with something worth remembering" for with enough of us forging influence on those with "no preference," those of us "with preference" will find some reward. "The great way is easily found for those with no preference."
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/16/2015
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/16/2015
We all hope of finding such

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