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  air-borne ashes
by jude forese
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.

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“just because I fan the flames
doesn’t mean I serve the fire”

I’ve been in some tipsy worlds
but this one takes the cake
perfumed candles, bombs and all

accustomed to its melding colors of passion
to its melting rainbows and silent gasps

jammed between the bias of ditsy idealism
and the simplicity of worldly vows

enmeshed in the collective synapse
and the will of the world

powered by feverish beats of power and greed
masturbating to a mirage of fashionable goddesses

even those who’ve instituted
this vomitory matrix of brainwashed citizens
are nauseous with their own creation’s breath

a vacuous vision of self and being
dancing to the scheme of a planetary discharge
and communal gag

embattled in life’s brooding inferno
doesn’t necessarily mean we will burn up with it

maybe just sizzle in the glory of our own potential image
fueling our thoughts to denature then transform

into the semblance of air-borne ashes

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 8/22/2015
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/11/2015
I think it can be no coincidence that you posted this on the 70th anniversary of the dreadful atomic bombing of Hiroshima; the language is hard-hitting and graphic yet overlaid with the material gloss of hubris and the transient vanities of our modern age. Can we ever be mere 'innocent bystanders'? And to what end if ultimately we are all just fuel for the fire? Can we yet hope for phoenix to arise when with every bomb that continues to be dropped on our world's citizens our own human face and potential for global good sizzles away like burning skin? Telling it like it is, this is one of your very best. Kudos, Kartero. xx
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/9/2015
We are all living in a Matrix environment, influenced by it while creating our own images. Idealism doesn't count, as no one knows what's good for themselves anymore than the person next to them know.

Reviewed by Duke LaRance 8/7/2015
Everybody is vacuous except you, Ron, Ed and me; but sometimes I wonder about me....
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/7/2015
Is this about the destruction of humanity, the end of what we are, to move on to wherever it is we are going, burning in our own karmic fires...this is what I saw when this I read...I may be wrong for you but not for me...-e-
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 8/7/2015
At times we create our stereotypes and see them grow bigger than the life around us, and gradually when we keep following the stereotypes we become part of the macrocosm. This poem is about emerging out of existential struggles surrounding us that trivialize complex and complicate the trivial.

I particularly like the image:

maybe just sizzle in the glory of our own potential image
fueling our thoughts to denature then transform

into the semblance of air-borne ashes < < < powerful, Robert! More power to your pen.
Reviewed by Jansen Estrup 8/7/2015
Properly somber for a day when the communal gag can be removed and our breath raised up in a bon-odori kind of shout to those ashen ancestors - well said.

Reviewed by Edward Phillips 8/7/2015
With each reading you make a little more sense
To reach the soul we must see through the imagery
And past it all I see what you see...
The semblance of air-borne ashes.
Chilling and enlightening.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 8/7/2015
I can't quite grasp your directive in this Jude, but I do see a lot of symbolism of the world that we have become and the slim chances remaining that we can reverse or even wade through the tidal wave of greed, sense of entitlement and destruction that is engulfing our people and our world.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/7/2015
Conjured up all sorts of images in this rather dystopian image of human (?) life on the planet. What I'm reading, appears to be an image of gradually sliding into a hotter hell of sorts than we are already in.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 8/7/2015
Excellently composed and profound
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 8/6/2015
Sizzling capture of semblance in thought.
Unique poetry.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 8/6/2015
So, what gives...ya know???? Right????

Love ya!

Reviewed by George Carroll 8/6/2015
Most expressive write
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 8/6/2015
"vomitory matrix of brainwashed citizens"

Yes, yes yes, or should I say baa, baa, baa?

Ya did good.
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