Very well done.
Never again, never again.
and your work makes me feel like someone understands me. (I know other ppl do but when a stranger does it's just as important)
While I don't have siblings who are mentally ill, it's me who's the mentally ill one. I wonder what it's like for them, having an older sister who every so often needs to be taken care of, rather than the other way around.
My prayers and deepest wishing are with you, I hope he stays.
I hope you broker gets better
I do not know what, exactly your brother is going through, as you did not indicated this in the poem, or why he seems to feel this way. However, I get the feeling that the basis for his feeling this way is more internal. You state that angels condemn him and demons welcome him, which would indicate that he believes something he is doing has resigned himself to this fate, and he has convinced himself that he has lost God's eternal love because of it, but that is not true, and never is.
Is he homosexual and blames himself? Is he self-hating and depressed in a world that loves evil?
Whatever it may be, please do not give up on him and accept his suicide as eminent. Please, let me talk to him. I have gone through very dark times in my life and endured many things. I have found that I have been blessed to be able to relate and help most people. If I can talk to him, I may be able to help him hear you and the words of the angels who have only Love for him, comfort, blessings, hope.
May the Lord bless you and your brother.
Honestly, for all that people complain about how much religious people shove God and religion down their throats, don't you think it's just as disrespectful to knock someone's faith down by suggesting religion doesn't work across the board? I mean, this girl was nicely suggesting something that would *help* the author. She was positive, why u gotta be so negative? Why you gotta knock her down, and not just respectfully suggest to the author something better than God (according to you)? RESPECT
Now, go away, this whole thing with you is so stupid and has nothing to do with the poem. I proved you wrong. I shouldn't have even engaged with someone as horrible and vulgar as you. There's really no more argument.
Now, if you can say that I had no right to butt in because it was between the commenter and the poet, then can't I also say you had no right to talk to me because it was between me and the commenter? Seriously... why do you think there's a "reply" button?
Also, what makes you think you have the right to tell me my opinion doesn't matter? Hmm?
I have a right to choose what god I do or do not believe in, otherwise it's a waste of time and it's dishonest to pretend you love a god you don't actually want in your life. My family knows that I am no longer a Christian and I have their acceptance. As for my standards, I treat people with the amount of respect they deserve according to the way they behave towards me. I have not called you a bitch, even though you called me one, because that would mean I'm sinking to your level. I'm keeping my cool and trying to set a good example... keeping in mind that I am 16 (not 18 as my profile says) and you're... 25? Honestly... all I meant by my reply to that comment was that instead of trying to turn someone towards God, which can be very difficult in times of emotional distress, it would be better to turn them towards something or someone more tangible, purely because if you're hurting really badly, it's best to have an actual person there for you, not a God who, though he may be real (and I'm not saying he isn't), is not actually VISIBLE in any way.
What you said was hypocritical and confusing. Your god is part of your religion, end of story, you turn to your god, you turn to your religion, done.
Telling them "May the Lord bless you and your brother." was right to her, but may have made the author uncomfortable if they were un-religious. You have to respect all beliefs. But that's not the thing, that's perfectly fine to me.
What is the worst part of her comment is how she was saying how great and loving angels were. I'm pretty sure, that angels "mingled" with the humans even though god said not to, the evil, killing, wrong doing humans. It was un-pure of them, especially at that time when humans were so morally lacking. They disobeyed god, doesn't that make them a bit rebellious, a bit bad? (right before the earth was flooded/ Noah's Arc, if I'm correct)
Also, I'm pretty sure there was a part in the bible where an angel appeared and the man was very scared of it. Who knows HOW angels were. There are many stories and myths of evil or scary angels, fallen angels, after all, i'm pretty sure 'satan' was a fallen angel. Maybe I'm mixing my religion with folk tale but, that's what I heard.
So every one has a different view of angels, bad or good. That was the point of the comment, I think. They weren't being disrespectful. I'm not trying to be disrespectful. And if angels can be bad, why can't demons be good?
Another way the angel vs. demon part of this could have been interpreted is, maybe he was confused as to what was right and wrong. All the good seemed equally as bad as the bad and vise versa. Bad things seemed good compared to good things that were made bad by bad people. Just like religion sometimes is. It can be good, helpful, healing, unless used by the wrong person.
So I think Luraina was just misunderstanding, and neither hers, nor never-going-back's was all that disrespectful. I tried my best to not be very offensive. But you are all misunderstanding each other, and you took it a leap further.
"So, as I said about my first poem that I submitted, Chasing Morning, I don't know about poetry at all. I like poetry, I read poetry, I can recite, like, two poems, and I write poems. However, I do it just for fun, therefore I don't know what the hell a villanelle is supposed to be or anything like that. Call me stupid, I honestly don't care. So, anyways, for anyone who reads this, this is what I am going to do--if it rhymes I'll put it into the category of "traditional fixed forms" and if it doesn't rhyme I'll put it in "free verse". Everyone happy with that? Honestly... why can't they just ask for the theme and stop there? Why must they know what type of poem it is? That is of no consequence! Bugs... I shall never understand."
YES I UNDERSTAND THIS IS RUDE, IM TIRED. I JUST TRIED TO EXPLAIN A MISUNDERSTANDING AS NICELY AS I COULD. I TRIED TO GIVE A NEW POINT OF VIEW. But no, my thinking is skewed...you got that off of one remark. One, small, TRUE, remark. Wow. I'm baffled. You have the right to judge me off of the one remark you read. Please, if you care to gain back what small amount of respect for you and your rights I had. Have respect for me, hear me out before you judge me. READ MY WHOLE COMMENT BEFORE YOU REMARK ON MY ONE LITTLE PHRASE.
You see here. For each religious person, their god is more than just their practices, I get that. To them, its not the same, I understand. But in a religious comparison to other beliefs, your god is part of your religion. You believe in your god, you call him God. One religion will call their god Alah, one will call one Amaterasu. I don't care what you call it, its part of your religion in a conversation such as this. In your church, they are more, in your house, they are more. But to others, your god goes under the category of the religion fashioned after that god. See what I meant by "end of story". Jeez, so judging.
I thought that your religion was to accept all people no matter what they believe and to love them as your neighbor. To never judge them and always be kind.
I'm sorry, no, I don't want you to explain. Because now I have been rudely ignored and thus, choose to ignore you too. Your thoughts are no more important to me as mine were to you. But I'm better than that, you still deserve to think what you want, if I wasn't so ridiculed, I might actually be interested in what you had to say. And I may forgive you. That doesn't mean I'm not deeply disappointed.
It's her own opinion though. Sharing it doesn't mean she's forcing it on anybody. Telling the other person that they're stupid and naïve for believing in a higher power, that is forcing her opinion. And it's also what most people mistakenly associate with the "stereotypical" religious person, unfortunately.
And if she's dealing with a possibly schizophrenic individual (which is how I interpreted this piece), then no, religion alone is not going to resolve the situation. And I'm not siding against the other person, because I don't think they were forcing their opinion either.
Could she have handled her own response more appropriately? Absolutely… But you can't just assume that she replied with the specific intention of "shoving her belief down someone's throat".