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Take a Left to Extinction
by M. R. B.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
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in a culture of
elastic ethics and
hypnotically seductive
fast food slogans
invade our dreams
children beget children
who disappear under
neon glare while
dodging drive-by

in a world where
image is worshipped
sex is currency
money is god
pills called ecstasy have
taken the place of dime store
penny candy
prozac cocktails for breakfast
while watching
gay cartoons on a
saturday morning
constitutes quality downtime

in an era where
reality tv has
redefined what's real and
jackasses are admired
along with janet jackson's
video games
become the teacher
while the foundations of
our schools crack
under the pressure of
moral decay

new generations
in the bosom of
moral decadence
don't understand the
import of what
went before the
dollar lost its
face value and
sex really meant
when character was
honored before image and
saturday morning
weren't attacked by
closet faggot

free love gave way to
pandemics of AIDs STDs and
garbage can babies
when families sat
together for a
home cooked meal that
wasn't deep fried in
week old oil
handled by strangers
way before
adolescent alcoholism
was a right of passage and
oral sex was declared
going to third base by
thirteen year olds

new generations
in the lap of
moral decreptitude
don't comprehend the
implications of what
was before--way before
the seduction of urban corruption
became a cultural way of
birthing bleeding
loving crying
living dying

 ©  MRD 2005



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Reviewed by Robert Harrison 1/26/2007
My first read of your poems Mari. Over the past 70 years I have seen it all, from the abhorrence of the act to the acceptance. May God help us if things become compulsory.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/24/2005
thnx Mari, it had to be said, and you say it very, very well. This is not a poem, but an edict of destruction. The destruction of morality, in our young as well as our old.

No truer words have ever been spoken so eloquently, by one so alone. Mari, I am still crying from your poem Torn Pages, as I have read this one, right after. I know you have a family now, and you love them with all of your heart. All we can do is take it one day at a time girlfriend, that's all we can do, and hope "society" can undo the torn pages of its dark past, present and future.

May the Lord be always with you, and at your side constantly.
With much love, peace, & (((HUGS))), your very dear friend, and sister in Christ our Lord, from Wisconsin,

Barbara Lynn Terry
"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/22/2005
Girl, you know something, you can write!
Reviewed by Birgitta Jonsdottir 2/3/2005
very powerful flow of truth
stuff of mythmakers

we need to see the truth in order to heal
but not everyone is given the gift of the seeer as you
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/2/2005
Powerful observations. Brava!
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 1/30/2005
What an excellent synopsis, Mari. Wonderful expression. Thank you.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/30/2005
Mari, I must say you did a splendid job of making your points,
which I agree with!;-) Thanks for being brave enough to speak
truth even though it is no longer popular to do so! Keep writing!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/30/2005
You have powerfully penned a summary of today's world, Mari. Thank you for sharing this most propos offering. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 1/30/2005
Excellent reflection on today's world versus how good it could be if only we weren't slipping into decay. It really does seem like we are headed for extinction.

I have a feeling though that this is just a phase, like all the phases that came before. I also suspect the world is no wilder than it was 50 or any years before. The only difference is that there are more of us being morally decadent, but the percentage may be the same. The one's who are absolutely out of control are stealing all the attention. While the one's who are tooling along, doing their homework, studying hard, loving deeply, raising a family, and working hard are never even acknowledged. And I think that with communication being wide open we get to learn about the bad guys in a very visual way that in the past was only whispered about. Seeing is being. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/30/2005
Yes I think she did hit it on the head here.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 1/30/2005
Your words are powerful and all too true. I miss the days gone by, either I really am getting old or it's really just that bad.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/30/2005

"Take a Left to Extinction" is a deep socio-poetic message duly delivered through its wise lines. Its is a true semaphore flashing Yellow Lights.

This poem, "Take a Left to Extinction" is an educationg reading.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/29/2005
Excellent write.
Reviewed by Ryan Kelly (Reader) 1/29/2005
Well............ You certain encapsulated the entire menu:) Very well written and true. One of the sayings these days is "You just don't get it do you?" A saying that works both ways:)
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 1/29/2005
Powerfully said! Please don't give up. Our future generations will
be here to deal with what we leave them no matter what that is. We've got to keep trying to make that the best it can be.
I really get this, though. Vicky
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