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     HappiWriter updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago 6Members · 9 Posts
  • Raizel

    June 11, 2020 at 3:56 am

    I hate the world “tolerate”

    Balanced, rounded, sweet

    With airs of benevolence, virtue

    Honorable, kind, elite

    But friends don’t go and be fooled

    Why not? I hear you ask

    “Tolerate” belies its evil plan

    Prejudice hides behind its mask

    The folks you’d never see for lunch

    Scum who shouldn’t join our gym

    Who’ll ruin the neighborhood left amok

    Never in our pools to swim

    Come on, clench your nice white teeth

    Go ahead, bear it and grin

    You have it within you to tolerate

    And feel the hate within

  • Chagit

    June 11, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Can I ask what prompted this piece of poetry?

  • Esther

    June 11, 2020 at 8:09 am

    OMG, you portrayed it perfectly!  I love the message.  I never looked at tolerance like that.  It’s kind of scary.


  • Raizel

    June 11, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you Esther and Chagit for reading and for your comments.

    Chagit, I’ve always been uncomfortable with the “tolerance” as opposed to the uses of “acceptance” or “mutual respect” between individuals or peoples.  This piece was the result of a writing prompt “pick a word you dislike and write about it”.


  • Chagit

    June 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Got it!

  • Chaya F.

    July 26, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Awesome!! You’ve got real talent Raizel! Besides the great rhythm, you brought out the word/ concept of tolerance versus acceptance – as such, that one wouldn’t otherwise stop to contemplate! Such wisdom!

  • Meira

    July 26, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Wow raizel, I love how you expressed that word. Its brilliantly written!

  • Raizel

    July 27, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for your feedback,  Chaya F. and Meira!


    Hatzlacha with your writing!

  • HappiWriter

    July 27, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Love! perfectly portrayed!!

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