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What Did We Do To You?

June 28, 2021
By SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]


Why?

What did we ever do to you?

Is it such a crime to just want to live our lives?

The words racing through my mind

Tears in my eyes

When did loving God become a crime?

When did being refugees make us criminals?

When we ran to Missouri

They welcomed us with open arms

To flee those who had killed us before

And would do it again.

The open arms turned to guns

And the army was sent

To force out religious minority refugees

What of the children's blood?

And today, why must we be cast out?

What did we ever do to you?

When did worshipping the same God of Jews, Catholics, and Protestants

Make us the enemy?

The outcast?

What did we do to you?


The author's comments:

i still dont know if i'll publish this. ill have to check my heart and decide if the tone is accusing or not. esspecailly with this, I'm representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints(LDS). we love everyone. this is just expressing hurt and grief. hey, my third real poem. the dark was no big deal, just a book spreading blatant lies, stigma, and misconceptions(i will not say the name or author of the book. don't ask.). no big deal. I've never been shot at or had my family killed. i never crossed the plains in the dead of a lethal winter. my life isn't on the line like some peoples were. I'm just sad, not angry. and I certainly don't mean to accuse you, no matter what you believe about my church. i wont get defensive or anything. altho if you have any questions or any stigma you want to know the truth about, I would love to explain it. that which is in the poem is true. there's nothing you can do about it, and nothing I can do about it, except try to spread the truth. I've never been shot at. i have no right to complain. my church is just as valid and just as important as your church. my church defines my life, just like many other people. that doesn't make me a criminal. but please, if you have any questions ask me or an lds friend, and if i dont have the answers I'll figure out how to connect you to missionary(they wont try to convert you if you arent asking about joining. but they have training and they know stuff i dont.). and if you're wondering, yes, the first three lines lirally were the first thoughts in my mind.


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on Jul. 14 2021 at 10:49 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

when my poem, "let me tell you a story" comes thru and you read it... you'll explode. guarenteed.

on Jul. 14 2021 at 10:38 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

and when i said normal, i was being relative. but my weirdness isn't connected to church(most members of the church, women anyways, have long nice hair. not delibritly spiked messy hair. for me bedhead is tamer than normal. it would be long but mom paid me 25$ to cut it.)

on Jul. 14 2021 at 10:35 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

cool!
lol in third grade i was going into 4rth grade room because I was in trouble and I heard the teacher saying to a student that thomas s monson founded the church. uh..... i corrected her, of course(pres monson was the president of the church until he passed a couple years ago. joesph smith founded the church)

Lydiaq ELITE said...
on Jul. 14 2021 at 12:55 pm
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
142 articles 42 photos 1009 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let the disappointments pass
Let the laughter fill your glass
Let your illusions last until they shatter.
Whatever you might hope to find
Among the thoughts that crowd your mind
There won't be many that ever really matter.
But take good care of your mother
And remember to be kind
When the pain of another will serve you to remind."
--Jackson Browne

While I don't agree that you're a normal person (nobody is), yes, I got familiar with this sort of thing w hen I did a 10th grade research project on the LDS exodus to the Utah.

on Jul. 12 2021 at 11:47 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

just to be clear because later i realized a ti friend of mine might think this was about something she wrote, it wasn't anyone on ti. it was a published book by an adult. i don't blame them, I'm sure they didn't know the truth and weren't trying to be offensive, and maybe even believed they were helping.
for the record: spreading lies and stigmas about a subculture, religion, minority, or any group of people isn't helping anyone, including outsiders of that group, and its harmful to those within.
I'll try to check for new comments on this in case someone has questions, tho my normal routine is to just ctrl f for 1 comment because that's the most effective way and this comment will be the first comment. if I don't see your comment, I wrote an article trying to debunk that called we're not mormons, we're members of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints, that addresses common misconceptions I'm aware of. we're really just a normal religion with normal people who love God.