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I want the Renaissance of Love
the Age of Aquarius promised us.
I want to understand humanity
and ask you to take my hand when needed.
I want your hand
when I may desire the same.
I want prejudice to die
on the Altar of Compassion
while we walk arm-in-arm
without inhibition or shame,
a Love-In of not just tolerance,
but real acceptance.
My deepest desire is the reawakening
of Love.

I want to end my vanity
to see what really matters.
I want a mature mind
with a young outlook.
I want to awaken refreshed each day,
and rest reassured each night.
I want to find myself by looking inward
rather than search the world in vain.
I want to accept responsibility and blame
if that’s what it takes to live honestly.
I want a revival of Love
we have all awaited for so long.

I want justice
for its own sake.
I want elections that give
a choice of politicians who will
“reach across the isle,”
instead of ridicule and polarize.
I want America to find its backbone
to stand against brutality.
I want integrity to prevail
and Love to stir hearts and minds.

I want to see the good in all.
I want to hear Lazarus
as he comes with words
of wisdom and warning.
I want to Love my neighbor.
I want the sins of my fathers
dead at my feet
so a real change of
hope and harmony can exist.
I want faith and trust
to be the message announced
when the sermon of Love is rekindled.

I want a future
for the children
and I want them to have
a better life than I know.
I want to swim in the ocean
and sit in the sun.
I want the warmth of Spring,
the freedom of Summer,
the beauty of Fall,
and the stillness of Winter.
I need the Renaissance of Love.
For the last three years I have helped with the Poetry Out Loud competition in our county. Sometimes I help coach the winner in hopes he/she will move on to the state level. Two months ago I saw this: [link] and I was inspired. I wanted to do something with this style, but I certainly did not want to create a carbon copy. Since I have been in a writing slump, this one came by slow degrees. To be honest, though I want to keep the comments open, I cannot accept cruelty right now. I had been thinking of quitting writing and dA. I can welcome constructive and kind criticism, but not cruelty. Anyway, I do not believe this piece is finished. By the way, the person I was coaching this year goes to the state competition in March!

It must have been awhile since my last submission: the submission page is so totally different, it took awhile for me to navigate through it.
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Longing by *PoetsHand ( Suggested by vespera and Featured by BeccaJS )
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angelWHUT Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If only I had the time to read poetry as I used to. Fantastic piece of wok you've got here, it's amazing how much we trivialize the word "love" and then realize it means more than we can comprehend. It's also interesting to notice how much you've grown as a writer since the first few poems of yours I've read. I wish I could get to see this more, but busy busy busy I am. Regardless, congrats on the DD and keep it up. :)
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Hey, I've always enjoyed having you around. I know you have been busy, but I still hope you can be around more often.

Thank you for the kind comments. You have always been kind to me!
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angelWHUT Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I try. To you as well.
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TiteArumi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really a beautiful poetry, full of love and Hope, and I think I just want... Exactly the same thing than you. This is well expressive ! ♥
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And please, always keep writing ! ,>///<,
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Thank you very much. Your kind words mean more than you know.
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TiteArumi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked this comment :3
I hope you'll keep writing !
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chat2ashley Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
i wish everyone wanted all the things you have written about

i certainly do

well done
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Very kind of you to say! Thank you.
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adifferentcase Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Congrats on your student!

...btw, your poem is gorgeous. :-)
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you!
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adifferentcase Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
You're welcome, I believe many people share your desires.
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samcherry Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Deserved DD Indeed!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
:) Thank you!
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LizzibeeSkoler Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to say that this is a beautiful piece. Never stop doing whatever inspiration dictates, be it writing or not, because you have some marvelous thoughts in your head :) :clap:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
So very kind of you! Thank you!
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LizzibeeSkoler Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!! And have a lovely day :)
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Friend-Owl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
this is amazing, well deserved DD. great job :clap:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you!!
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD! :heart:
:huggle:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you very much!
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Your welcome :)
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Hanamikuji Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
aww this is AWSME!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you!!
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Hanamikuji Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
always and forever! :icononionx3plz:
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Konloko Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not quit writing. Finished or not, this is fantastic work. I love how it's "I want" right up until the last line when it changes to "I need." And, as simple as this may be, I love your descriptions of the seasons in the last part, because each word is exactly how I look at each season.

Keep on writing and let us love you. :hug:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I won't quit writing! Thank you so much for the kind words!
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Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I want the sins of my fathers
dead at my feet
so a real change of
hope and harmony can exist."

Bravo. :rose:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you!
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GaleSpider Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I want the warmth of Spring,
the freedom of Summer,
the beauty of Fall,
and the stillness of Winter."

Beautiful! :heart:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you!
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GaleSpider Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! :D
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riparii Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Congratulations, nice to find you here!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you. I was rather shocked to see I received a DD!
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riparii Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
That's part of the fun!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
:iconspinplz: Congratulations, for your lovely poem, and the DD feature!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Hi, Jade-Pandora! Thank you!!!
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SisterHipster Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is...just something I feel the same about. This is so moving. I love it!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you! You are very kind!
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cality Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the DD! :squee: :hug:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Cality, I was very surprised. It has been a good day. Thank you, Cality!
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cality Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad!

:hug:
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Peekeeboo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What you seek is within you. Everyone needs to start with Him/Herself and believe me it isn't easy. It's a wonderful poem - idealistic but still one needs to keep hope alive!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Very kind words! Thank you!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Idealism, pure and distilled. I love how every phrase begins with "I want".
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so incredibly happy for you, LJ. :iconflowersplz:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Thank you! I was rather taken-aback!
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was beyond well deserved. :nod:
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD! (:
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