Pre-emptive Strike

Discussion in 'Poet's Corner' started by BelovedDreamer, Oct 27, 2006.

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  1. BelovedDreamer

    BelovedDreamer Well-Known Member

    I want to change the world.
    Want to change the way we think.
    The way some people think.
    I want to bridge the gap
    Between the nutters and the wholes
    The left and the right
    The present and past.
    I want to break my generation’s apathy.
    To understand how the babyboomer babies
    Ended up so indifferent.
    How the young hippies in communes
    Ended up aging yuppies in two piece suits
    Raising kids who
    Attach themselves to Ipods
    And detach themselves from the vote.
    I want to understand
    why good people believe bad things,
    why rapists go free and pot dealers get jailed.
    I want to understand why
    education costs 40,000 dollars a year
    and parents take out second mortgages
    and their kids still graduate
    thousands in the hole
    with a piece of paper to show for their trouble
    and no job.
    I want more people to question why
    The HMO’s cover Viagra
    And not birth control,
    Or psychiatric stays,
    Or more than one night in the hospital
    After a full masectomy.
    And so many people
    Don’t even have that.
    I want more people to realize
    That there are reasons,
    Editing, economy, institutional biases,
    Why 75% of the people you see on “Cops”
    Getting beaten and chased and patted down
    Are black, and poor, and young.
    I want someone besides an academic
    Sitting in his office
    in a pair of clogs and a Taiwanese-made sweater vest
    To notice that something’s funny with our laws,
    When white-collar, Ritalin snorting criminals in Prada suits
    Can buy an island with the money from their worker’s 401 k’s
    And give an entire town cancer to pay for the budget cuts
    That pay for the designer suits
    And all that results is a Julia Robert’s movie
    A month in a Ritz Carlton prison
    And a slap on the wrist.
    And we all shake our heads,
    shed a few tears,
    make a tut -tut sound
    and take Erin Brockovich out of the VCR
    and put Pretty Woman in.
    I want more people to wonder
    Why it is that Martha Stuart gets an ankle bracelet
    And the fourteen year-old selling small-time dope on the street
    Gets tried as an adult
    And sent to jail to be harassed and raped till he’s eighteen.
    And why when she’s released
    she goes right back to telling housewives
    how to make cute Christmas doilies out of their heirloom napkins
    and the kid gets released back onto the streets
    with a record, no money, and no chances.
    There’s something wrong here
    Something deeply wrong here.
    I want to do something.
    I don’t want to be just another liberal
    Shaking my finger at the T.V.
    Listening to NPR
    And talking about politics at the dinner table
    And going on my merry way, thinking I’ve done my duty.
    I want to change something
    But I don’t know how.
    I can’t do it on my own
    And I don’t know how to shake my peers
    Out of this catatonic state of ennui.
    I don’t want to have to wait until we lose
    The minds and the bodies of half a generation to the draft
    Before we find the will to move.
    If the government no longer needs Habeus Corpus
    Than why do we need to wait for the corpses?
    I want to make a long overdue
    Pre-emptive strike on this system
    Of capitalistic, militaristic, materialistic
    I want to find a way
    To move myself
    To move a mind
    To move the world.
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  2. shellz

    shellz Guest

    wow. i am..i cant even say what i want that was so good. it was. keep writing is all i can really say. because i am speechless
  3. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Dearly Beloved;

    How do you keep besting yourself?:eek:hmy:
    How do you keep telling it like it really is
    yet the depressing facts still read aloud so well?
    Why do you keep deprecating yourself
    when you've got more talent
    and brains
    and empathy
    and compassion
    in your little finger
    than our fearful leaders have
    in their hateful empty heads?

    If anyone's going to change the world
    it could well be you:
    with your words,
    with your ideas,
    with your love and despair and hope
    all wrapped up in such deeply beautifully sad
    and so well-written poetry.

    I wish so much that I could wave a magic wand
    and make the world into the one you want,
    the one you see in that glorious head of yours.
    But I can't, so I'll just tell you
    how much I love you
    and how glad I am that I know you
    and how fortunate for the world
    that you are in it.

    love,:smile: :smile: :smile:

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  4. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    *is speechless...* :eek:hmy:
  5. That was so powerful Beloved, I hardly know what to say (again). Seems you've covered all the bases. I used to be strong enough to question and challenge, with the great passion that was in your poem. It now sounds like an echo, but I hear it, remember it. Thank you for reminding me (though it's a sad loss) - and let it continue to drive you. Your expressions are exemplary, in outrage as well as love for humanity...

  6. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    WOW ...I too am speechless.....:eek:hmy:
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