Letter to a One-Time Friend

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  No Houses

A sign of the times, I guess

All these years, I thought I knew who you were.

Yes, we had our differences, to be sure,


but overall, I thought we got along okay.

But reading your comments, and the way


you defend the indefensible, makes me realize

whatever we had in common is long gone--you get a rise


out of me for the crazy things you now believe.

I don't understand what happened to you, cannot conceive


of your far right wing philosophy--I used to think somewhere

inside you, was compassion, I used to think you'd care


about the innocent victims of gun violence, for example, but I was wrong,

any sense of a compassionate, caring person is gone,


replaced by a hard-line, rigid ideology,

one whose logic, try as I might, I just can't see.


It's a sad fact of these polarizing times, but it's the new normal,

I guess, that we can't find common ground, and our friendship will fall.






Submitted: October 02, 2015

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Jean Lagace

Thank's for reading.

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 10:09pm


Sure thing, my friend!

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 3:55pm

Jean Lagace

In Canada, particularly in Québec, my right wing politic would make me a democrat in your country. I am all for capitalism, free enterprise and the less government, the better. Still I appreciate Medicare, I like OBAMA and I am against guns and capital punishment. And, well, I am against secession even if I am french educated and french speaking. Thankfully, there is enough of my sort who share that view on that sorry issue to make it a non issue. Yet, if the damn separatists were to do what I suggest in this little satire, they might win the pot in the end. So, I wrote the recipee in English and posted it where they won't find it. Just don't tell them. LOL

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 10:15pm


Thanks, Jean, I'm a liberal, so I think government should be used to help the less fortunate. Personally, I think the Republican political beliefs are self-centered greed, nothing less. If they were to admit global warming is a real thing, just for example, it would effect how much they make, so of course, they deny it.

I'm all for making lots of money, but come on, give a little bit back to help those less fortunate. To me, because they won't, that's where government has to step in. I hear you about wanting small government, but so many people need a little bit of help, that making government more efficient, as opposed to smaller, is the answer, but with the losers we have in there now, good luck!

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 3:54pm

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