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I Seek the Praise of Ordinary Men…by Robert M. Katzman (originally posted 4/13/07)

I wrote this a decade ago to protest the War in Iraq. But now we have a screaming infant in the White House creating havoc because no one has the nerve to say no to him. America is bigger than him. This is no Democrat or Republican thing. This is about decency and how we treat our friends around the world. What have we become?
Men, Women, start saying NO!!!

I Seek The Praise Of Ordinary Men

by Robert M. Katzman © Friday, April 13 2007

I seek the praise
Of Ordinary Men
Whose lives I reveal
And then capture by pen

Men who slaughter cows
Who farm and cut trees
Men who suffer pain
In theirs backs, in their knees

Carpenters, Cops
Women who teach
People who protest
And march in the streets

Slaves to computers
Men who pour steel
Sentenced to their lives
And there is no appeal

Oil-stained Mechanics
With grease on their hands
Printers and Plumbers
Now, where are their fans?

Smoke-eating Firemen
God fearing people
Rabbis and Mosques
A Temple, a Steeple

Citizens who vote
For “promise-making” men
Though they’ve been lied to
Again and again

Men who plant trees
Electricians and Nurses
Wistful Mothers in stores
With no cash in their purses

Cowboys, Truck Drivers
Railroad ticket-punchers
Artists and Writers
Quiet souls who crunch numbers

I write stories of hope
Screams of outrages
Real people, real lives
Who come alive on my pages

Stories about anger
People cruel or wise
Not just about my life
Because I hear the cries

Of the children whose fathers
Were sent off to war
Who can’t comprehend
What they’re fighting for

I hear you, I see you
I feel your frustration
With our country derailed
With our misguided Nation

Every person matters
Though poor, with no power
A Man’s not more precious
Because his name’s on a Tower

I write about hope
Revenge and satisfaction
I urge you to resist
To become Men of Action

So I write with a passion
Again and again
Because I want to get it right
For all you “Ordinary Men


Publishing News! 

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

Gritty, violent, friendship, classic American entrepreneurship love, death, heartbreak and the real dirt about surviving in a completely corrupt major city under the Chicago Machine. More history and about one man’s life than a person may imagine.

My facebook Book site is: @dontgoquietly

Please visit my new website: http://www.dontgoquietlypress.com
If a person doesn’t want to use PayPaI, I also have a PO Box & I ship anywhere in America.

Send me a money order with your return and contact info.
I will get your books to you within ten days.
Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

Vol 1: A Savage Heart and Vol. 2: Fighting Words
My books weigh almost 2 pounds each, with about 525 pages each and there are a total together of 79 stories and story/poems.

Robert M. Katzman
Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
Racine, Wis. 53404-9998  (262)752-(262) 752-3333, 8AM–7PM

Books cost $29.95 each, plus shipping

For: (1)$3.95; (2)$5.95; (3)$7.95; (4)$8.95 (5)$9.95;(6) $10.95

(7) $11.95; (8) $12.95; (9)$13.95 (10)$15.95 (15)$19.95

I am also for hire if anyone wants me to read my work and answer questions in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Schools should call me for quantity discounts for 30 or more books. Also: businesses, bookstores, private organizations or churches and so on.

My Fighting Words Publishing Co. four original books, published between 2004 and 2007 are now out-of-print. I still have some left and will periodically offer them for sale on my new website.

1 Comment »

Comment by Charlie Newman

June 5, 2018 @ 8:46 pm

same as it ever was, eh?

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