What Would We Argue?

What Would We Argue?

A Poem by R.E. Ray

What Would We Argue?


What would we argue if translucent

like a frosted glass

of dunkel beer, Pinot Grigio

or homogenized milk

within arm’s easy reach

close enough to catch the aroma

clutch in one warm, universal hand

kiss & taste the distilled goodness

judge ~

from individual experience

not the distant glance of a plastic vessel

or the vomit of an intolerant critic?

 

What would we argue if transparent

like a clean window to the past

of dead men, women, children

or ghosts

close enough to catch the grave whiff

touch the winter panes

see & hear history repeating itself

judge ~

ourselves first and last, only

not the refractions behind the frame

or the squeak of another’s fingers

on antebellum glass?

 

What would we argue if skinned

to the grisly bone

seven billion Roy G. Biv’s

of the same heavenly colors

standing erect, bleeding together ~

to death?


© 2020 R.E. Ray


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I love how, in V1 you say in the most unique terms, that when we are close enuf to a person to smell them, then we forget to notice whatever color they might be becuz their humanness is the prevailing aroma. I love how, in V2 you suggest that we're not much further along than when we first abolished slavery, a sentiment I share. I love that you turned me on to "Roy G. Biv" (never heard of that! had to google!) I often post on my FB page various postings I make from diverse photos & label "Diversity Rocks" -- this isn't just about colors, it's about all the different ways we want to live our lives, the ones who flout the rules & the ones who follow rules diligently . . . the ones who want to run naked in the hills & the ones who think a certain type of dress defines people. This could go on & on, so I'll stop here. We are so blind to how discriminatory we are, on so many levels! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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R.E. Ray

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you, Margie. You certainly picked up on what I was trying to say. I appreciate another kind .. read more



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Seems to me, we're all in the same sinking boat and should get along in order to survive.
Doubt that will happen; hardly ever has.
Which is one of the reasons I believe in God. Mankind could never have lasted this long,
on its own. We must have a very powerful Guardian.
Thoughtful, impactful poetry!


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R.E. Ray

2 Days Ago

I’m in absolute agreement with you, Jimmy. Besides, I’d rather believe and be wrong than the opp.. read more
I enjoy your writing style. I know that's not much of a review per se- but I've been reading through your body of work all morning and it has been the perfect compliment to my morning tea. To be honest, I'd rather spend time reading and absorbing today. So thank you and good job is all you get for now. That and the knowledge that you've become one of my favorite new writers (new for me) still won't but you a biscuit- but at least it's something. Well, I'm off to read more. Cheers!

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R.E. Ray

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Thanks, Brian. I never expect reviews but I appreciate them in whatever form offered. I appreciate y.. read more
And as importantly as your question, 'what would we argue,' we should ask; why on earth, after so much time has passed, do we still argue?

The human collective is capable of so much; not just in the science of understanding how everything works, but also in our humanity to others; and as your last verse so tellingly portrays; beneath the superficial, we are all the same heavenly colour.

Loved your brilliant use of the acronym for the colours of the rainbow; so very apt.

Beccy

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R.E. Ray

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you, Beccy. Yes, another good (better) question. That's probably another poem, or maybe a bo.. read more
I love how, in V1 you say in the most unique terms, that when we are close enuf to a person to smell them, then we forget to notice whatever color they might be becuz their humanness is the prevailing aroma. I love how, in V2 you suggest that we're not much further along than when we first abolished slavery, a sentiment I share. I love that you turned me on to "Roy G. Biv" (never heard of that! had to google!) I often post on my FB page various postings I make from diverse photos & label "Diversity Rocks" -- this isn't just about colors, it's about all the different ways we want to live our lives, the ones who flout the rules & the ones who follow rules diligently . . . the ones who want to run naked in the hills & the ones who think a certain type of dress defines people. This could go on & on, so I'll stop here. We are so blind to how discriminatory we are, on so many levels! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

R.E. Ray

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you, Margie. You certainly picked up on what I was trying to say. I appreciate another kind .. read more

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Tags: argument, relations, civil rights, protest, race, color, origin, humanity, hate, love, transparent, translucent, poem, poetry, free verse, RERay


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