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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on Yesterday at 09:44 PM »
It appears the United States has a dismal record of how they treat war veterans going back some time.
We all know many stories of how they treated African American war vets, but this uncovers a much deeper problem.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/abandoned-lunatic-asylum-slideshow-wp-110011433.html


And while you're at it, take a look at the comments from all the intellectuals who voted for trump.
After reading a few, can you see any help in the offing for vets in the future of this admisntration?
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on December 02, 2016, 11:14 PM »

The Lone Ranger may have been inspired by a real-life black U.S. Marshal.

His name was Bass Reeves, and he was born a slave in 1838. After slavery was abolished, he worked as a U.S. Marshal, arresting over 3,000 felons, including his own son!
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: The Vigil
« Last post by Kay on December 02, 2016, 10:19 PM »
Very painful indeed. Not sure why I revisited here but enjoyed
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: The Great Kay
« Last post by Kay on December 02, 2016, 10:13 PM »
Would this be me ? L a st name V. If so thank thee
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: The Vigil
« Last post by elise on November 29, 2016, 10:25 PM »

Aw Dad. you are too sweet!  It's my outcry for mother earth.  I just don't think we can continually extract oil etc from her without paying for it someday.
Sorry I skeered ya!  Huggggs!
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by elise on November 29, 2016, 10:22 PM »
Now see what ya did Dad!  Made me cry!  Yes, you certainly SHOULD take what I said personally.  We go way back to when you could "sit" and share with others in a chat environment.  You were always such an inspiration to me.   Thank you for all your guidance and caring over the years.  We just sort of "clicked" and it's been awesome.   Love you Dad!!!
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Ecphrasis - Poetry Challenge / Re: Ecphrasis -- New Picture
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 24, 2016, 11:18 AM »
The silliness in me sees so many elements one has to comprehend and fuse together I had to reword your invitation from calling all muses, to calling all fuses....
Sorry, but this is what you get from old geezers. I promise to try to do better.
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 24, 2016, 11:15 AM »
Well I'm granting myself permission to take that personally Elise.
I must say you've been a blessing in my life for many years, even more than you know.
If I've missed the chance to say thanks you for those blessings, I'm saying it now.
Absence hasn't decreased the fatherly love one bit. I still hope the best for you and all around you.
Thanks you for the trust, the advice, the support and most of all thank you for allowing me to call you daughter.
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: The Vigil
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 24, 2016, 11:09 AM »
This is full of pain, either witnessed or personal. It's expressive to the point of being scary.
I'm almost afraid to ask if you're ok?
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / The Vigil
« Last post by elise on November 18, 2016, 11:46 PM »

she writhes
powerless
as giant phalluses
force the last remnants
of lubricant from her guts-

dry plates screech together
like chalkboard fingernails
as brittle coastlines
crack and shift

cavernous ruts deepen
like the furrowed brows of
environmental watchdogs
witnessing the feverish
rantings of her last rites.

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