I Was Poor And Did Not Know It... a muse to consider in a world where the poor are not always in poverty

I was poor and I didn’t know it… I was happy and they said I was sad… I was ignorant until they taught me....

Then I saw, that I was poor…  that my happiness was denial, and in my ignorance… I become their victim... No longer happy, no longer glad.

I have seen the world… where children sit naked in a puddle… their bellies swelling, from lack of nourishment… but, with such a smile, it would make an angel cry.

I have seen the ignorant living in squalor… their hovels of mud, with thatched roofs, baked by the sun… but, they did not know they were victims, until I had come.

I have seen the ocean breach the shores, where dark skinned women… waded in the brine, as they had done since the beginning of time…

I watched as their children danced, beneath the palms… I saw their dirty faces… As, the wind blew their hair I could hear the muffled sounds of laughing… dancing in the air.

I watched the sun set as they toiled in the sand... their weathered bodies burnt brown... their hair tied with the winds of time... these poor figures of sublime delight..

I watched as they walked home at night... carrying their burdens... atop their heads, their legs bent low, but never a complaint... not even from the old.

As I drew nearer… they could see clearer.  And, what was once a cry of joy… in their happy soul… Became the woeful morn of victims... to behold.

RA Nelson

COL. US Army (ret.)

The Western world with all its knowledge often acts in ignorance… and with their arrogance… proclaims the cry of joy… victims.

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Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 8:39am

electronics are a burden on our generation if you get a group together half of them are on their phone in a cyber world and not even aware of what is taking place around them I fear the next generation will lose all freedoms except the ones the government approve of

Comment by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret) on March 21, 2017 at 8:17am

Absolutely... Ricky.  When we look back on life It is almost always the simple things in life that we remember with joy... those things that bring us close to our loved ones and the land.  If only we would grasp that early on and feed upon it as a Nation... as our forefather's once did.  Then America would once again be that Great City ... set upon a Hill ... calling out to a tired and weary world: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

America is in danger of loosing her calling ... her love of the simple and pure... As she becomes heavily weighted with the burdens of men... with the trappings of power and corruption.  Let us recall the better angels of our past and resurrect a new and better monument too our Forefather's legacy... one of compelling resolve to endure and promote an even greater society ... One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all... not just a select few, an oligarchy of the powerful. 

Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 7:50am

when I was a kid we carried our drinking water from a spring and drank from a dipper had a out house out back and most of our food we either raised or brought in from hunting and fishing in many ways I wish I was that poor again

Comment by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret) on March 21, 2017 at 7:43am

True poverty is not measured in silver and gold...not in the things we have or the power we yield... true poverty is found in the spirit... in an empty soul, where joy is absent and love is a stranger...  poverty abounds. 

Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 7:34am

very true




Rush Limbaugh Explains How Robert Mueller
Will Attempt To Financially Destroy President Trump

 Special Counsel Robert Mueller has crossed President Trump’s “red line” after issuing a subpoena for documents related to the Trump Organization’s business dealings with Russia.

New York Times reports:

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known time that the special counsel demanded documents directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president. […] The Trump Organization has said that it never had real estate holdings in Russia, but witnesses recently interviewed by Mr. Mueller have been asked about a possible real estate deal in Moscow. In 2015, a longtime business associate of Mr. Trump’s emailed Mr. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen at his Trump Organization account claiming he had ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and said that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would help Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh theorized on his program Friday that one of Mueller’s true objectives is to financially destroy President Trump.

Partial transcript via Breitbart News:

And these requests, the subpoena for documents from the Trump Organization, I ask you again, what has that to do with the campaign and with collusion and with the Russians? They’ve already been looking into Trump business in Russia with the Miss, what is it, USA, whatever his pageant is.

Do you all remember during the early days of the campaign there was news that Trump, in a tax return something like 20 years ago, took a $900 million deduction that was granted and survived an audit by the IRS? Now, I forget the details. It had to do with losses that he had incurred in that year in building things. It was around 900 or $920 million deduction. I’ll never forget when it was reported because most people will never come close to ever having that in a lifetime, and to have a guy personally write that much off?

Anyway, I think Mueller wants that $920 million back. I think Mueller wants to prove that that was a faulty deduction. I think that they want to go back, they want to get Trump’s tax returns because they want to nullify that $900 million deduction, and then they want to collect 20 years of interest and penalties and wipe Trump out.

In the meantime, President Trump’s lawyers are in the process of negotiating with special counsel Robert Mueller to bring the Russia probe to an end, reports Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller’s tentacles continue to reach further and further.

CNN reported that investigators are attempting to determine whether former Blackwater chief Erik Prince misled the  House Intelligence Committee about a meeting he had in Seychelles in January of 2017.

Prince is accused of using the meeting as an opportunity to establish a secret back channel with Russia.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge spoke with one of President Trump’s personal lawyers about the new subpoena request by Special Counsel Mueller.

According to Herridge, Trump’s lawyer was unaware of the subpoena and said it may be a ‘wrap up’ subpoena or ‘clean up’ subpoena which may signal the end of the investigation.


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