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Am I My Brother's Keeper?
by Paul Berube
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Freedom is a way of life
that some have never known.
To say and do what's on your mind
or be left on ones own.

Martha's finally out of jail.
I hear she's doing well.
No more G-men on her tail,
it's back to buy and sell.

Experts say," the cat is fat"
while they,  themselves indulge.
They hem and haw at this and that ;
It's the Battle of The Bulge.

George is getting cranky.
His top's about to blow.
The end is drawing nearer.
It's almost time to go.

Isn't this a crazy world,
almost like a zoo.
While elephants are kicking a**,
the donkeys throw a shoe.

Athletes are a funny bunch
and Congress needs a fix.
With nothing better on their plates
who'd think the two would mix.

Who am I to change a world
that's so baffled and abused?
Perhaps I am facetious or
maybe just confused.

Professing not to know it all,
I sometimes lay awake.
If I'm my brothers keeper
is that a huge mistake?




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Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 1/19/2009
By your verses, you are Paul. Perhaps, it is not a huge mistake.

Reviewed by Richard Orey 1/10/2009
Paul, I just emailed your poem, "Hear My Song" to my two daughters and to my AD email friend Liana Margiva. It's one of my favorites. And, of course, I couldn't help but stop by your den site again just to indulge myself with your wonderful poetry. Your words always are thought-provoking and so very easy on the tongue in cadence and rhythm. "Am I My Brother's Keeper" is nothing less than another masterpiece.

With admiration and respect,
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/8/2008
WE all must try!
A clever pondering write Paul! Had me smiling and thinking as your words just kept flowinggg...
I enjoyed your take on what is happening with daily and wordly events!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple SOULFUL SHEExoooo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Tony Jenkins 7/21/2008
My brothers keeper.
No not a mistake.

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/11/2008
This is really what it is all about. We can help Martha and George, and we can all do our part to keep us free, but congress though, now that is hopeless ... LOL. But no, we must all do our part to watch out for our neighbor and keep a wary eye on the passerby. We should all give a little something to the survival of a child in a third world country, and we should all sit down and reason with each other, instead of going to war and killing innocent people and young soldiers. Am I my brother's keeper? Yes, and I am only too happy to be there for those in need. It is really too bad that not everyone thinks this way, and are only content to live in their own little world of selfishness. Thank you for sharing, Paul.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/8/2008
You give the reader pause for reflection, Paul. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Kathy Kopp 7/5/2008
Awesome rhymes, Paul. The poet sounds concerned yet bewildered. I enjoyed reading your work, as usual. Peace and love, Kathy
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 6/28/2008
Really enjoyed your take on the craziness in this day and age. Wonderfully expressed and quite entertaining. Well Done! Deborah
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/27/2008
Hello Paul,
"While elephants are kicking a**,
the donkeys throw a shoe."
LOL...I enjoyed & it is no big mistake at all!
You be your brother's keeper all you want too & keep writing your very interesting poetic express! I enjoyed :)
Embraced ~ Embrassť

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/26/2008
darn near perfect rhyming verse Paul, with some interesting humor and points
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/26/2008
Powerful and thought provoking piece!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/26/2008
Great piece of mind-bending here, Paul. Great question. Hard answers! The state of the world is FORCING us to enter the ring of debate, mutual understanding, and positive collaboration. Being my brother's keeper has to do with finding mutual paths through to the truth and working together to achieve a safe and harmonious resolution, perhaps. Not forcing my views on someone else or telling them how I think they should go about things. Or ignoring them if they don't accept my stance. Human nature being what it is, I think we are so used to looking after number one and having it "easy" that "each to his own" has been the rule of thumb as we have inhabited times of relative ease and plenty. Now the pressure's on for a more global view of life and survival, maybe. Thanks for this thought-provoking nugget! Kate xx
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 6/26/2008
As the old Country Song says," Stop the world and let me off, I'm tired of goin round and round!" I so enjoyed this write, you hit the nail on the head! The world is truly bonkers! I can't keep track of me, much less a brother! HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/24/2008
What an important question you pose at the end...I think NO! you can be there in time of need but your brother will gain more if you let him go through the himself
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/24/2008
Well done my friend, very clever and creative write...expressed well!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/23/2008
A humorous way to capture how upsidedown this world is at the moment! Many things perplex me, too. I love this poem. Fun, yet with serious subjects to consider. Love and Hugs~
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 6/23/2008
You have a great grasp on the situation, and expressed it well. Keep up the good work.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/20/2008
Paul, this is so clever and so well done.
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 6/19/2008
So true, this is our world, we need to wake up and try to take back our sanity,but we need to laugh at some of what's happening at the same time. Excellent write.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/19/2008
I love it Paul, you always manage to blend the reality of the world as we know it with a tinge of humour so tongue in cheek that it can only be yours.
well done.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/19/2008
Paul, This poem is making my mind race,, SO many things I would like to change,, but some days seem like the same circus just different clowns,, exhausting ,, as yes this world has gone crazy in so many ways,,, sad.... we are responsible for ourselves,, and our young children,,,, and hopefully we can make a difference in another's life.
Love and Blessings,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/19/2008
Thought provoking excellence, Paul, well done -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you - that's what came to mind, reading this -
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/19/2008
It seems that all things evolve out of the past with new principles, and I can honestly say that with some folks I sure wouldn't want to be their keeper. However, your poem is beautifully written to create a very thoughtful mood--with a great deal to think about.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/19/2008
Each one of us holds the future in our hands. Life is what we make of it. Wonderful write, Paul!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/19/2008
A brilliant poem Paul, the flow is flawless and the message sharp!!
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/19/2008
What a perfect way to start my morning; this is a pure delight! I love your wit; very clever. Of course, your flow and rhyming scheme are excellent, as always. Loved it!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/19/2008
Great write Paul. Very well done my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 6/19/2008
Well said Paul! Life is much of what we make it, but somethings are our out of our control. I fear for the future!.....M
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/19/2008
A parody on life.
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