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They Call Me PhD
by Mark A. Rockeymoore
Sunday, February 12, 2006
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They call me PhD. 
Because I'm trying to get 
An advanced degree. 
Iím trying to achieve 
I'm also exploring 
What it means to be 
I'm doing this only partly 
Because of me. 
I'm trying to take care of 
My family.
Burning hoops define the carnival troops 
Filled with inititates of the Temple, 
Simply attempting to gain a little bit of fame, 
Or noteriety,
The game being what it is, 
Incisions into the soul 
By mental razors in search of intellectual gold 
Is akin to renouncing one's ties to normal life, 
Announcing one's intention to set one's sights 
On the inner light 
Of moral and ethical perfection 
Called to a higher goal, 
Eyes rising beyond the mundane, 
Approximating the elevation of the profane.
Philosophy's fatal draw an elixir of illusion, 
A burning man of straw,
Standing tall, 
Flames laughing into the darkness 
Promising dry bones a stony interment, 
Fomenting prescience in unruly sessions: 
The gloaming descends as initiates pretend 
To understand the foundation of nations,
Assuming knowledge and cultural hegemony is understood, 
Cultivating the Other, just another term for the 'Hood, 
And those who reside,
Spending time in the halls of Academia can cause mania, 
In the form of an inordinate desire to pontificate 
And an unconscionable urge to masturbate freely, 
Releasing the creative seed, 
Ejaculating blood in the attempt to prevent the flood of...
Degenerate incriminations...
Surely the result of a forgotten libation 
Resulting in the cessation of Ancestral protection. 
A convection of light and sumptous fare, 
Less satisfying but at least free of 
The desires of the dead and dying.
Observing the ceremonial sacrifice is like 
Dining on air and ice,
Unsatisfactory unless one is 
A yogin of the eternal lineage, 
One spoken for by powers and principalities, 
With mentalities abased by greed and 
The elevation of mind over soul, 
The price to enter the professorial fold is, 
The sum of one's spiritual goals. 
With Eyes Wide Shut I see vistas undreamt, 
Of dark debauchery and demonic depredations 
Fulfilled by the will of nations already lost 
To the sins of Setians.
I doubt whether the cost is worth it; 
The price is too high, the bill's come nigh. 
Due in flesh, to pass the test requires 
Sacrifice and the death of someone blessed. 
Some poor, unfortunate acolyte, 
An imprudent student imbued with truth, 
To be bled instead by soulless scions 
Engorged with prions, 
Hearkening back to 
A history of cannibalistic attacks upon 
Innocent prey, 
Of which we hardly hear whispers, 
To this tradition I pay tithe and toll, 
But I refuse to sell my soul to gain my PhD.
That's not the reason why 
I'm trying to get an advanced degree. 
it comes down to it, 
I really don't care about 
Material prosperity.
I'm more concerned with 
The necessity of being truly free. 
That's what this degree means to me. 
And what it means to my family.

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Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
Well done. University level learning was never meant initially to be job training. There are still those of us who love learning for its own sake, regardless of the unlikelihood of directly related jobs for people who study epiphenomenalism, or transpersonal psychology. Malcolm Watts
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
Wow... You rocked me hither, and rocked me tither, with words of intent, understanding, compassion and value, Mark.

I feel content...

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
But I refuse to sell my soul to gain my PhD. ...
The necessity of being truly free. ...

Mark this is excellent and what a way to tell the story of greed and glory. Beautiful Ingenious, Genious!
43xoox(c :)

Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
good on ya Mark..away ya go!!!
Your brilliant mind is needed and your soul will light the way..YAY!!!

marvelous piece..

Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
"I'm more concerned with
The necessity of being truly free."
Amen! Powerful!! Go get them, kaka Mark!

God bless,

Reviewed by jude forese
your poem is a testament that a man can achieve whatever he puts his mind to ... right, doc? ;)
Reviewed by Aberjhani
A powerful work, Dr. Rockeymoore, this skillful dissection of values, necessities, and consequences in the modern material world floating inside eternal spiritual reality. Thank you for the knowledge and wisdom. Peace--
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Do what you have to do and know I will be proud to say hey I have a friend with a Phd...because I don't have it and will never get that far with my cracked skull anyways!!


Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
Getting a PhD is tough for anyone unless you happen to have more money than you know what to do with. Whatever the social struggles faced in the university and in the social circles of aspiring doctors, it pales to the confrontations that are faced in the outside world. Who cares if we are accepted by our peers while going to school, if we excel there is not much they can say at your graduation other than "Congratulations, you made it." and you will be all the stronger for having learned to turn away from those who would love to have held you back. Do it for yourself and do it for your the end, those are the only ones who matter anyway.
Take care,
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
"Simply attempting to gain a little bit of fame, Or noteriety." You already have here on the Den, Mark. Keep going for it. Keep on jerking off in the name of the institution. It is one-handed creativity and spurs reproductive PhD material!

"And an unconscionable urge to masturbate freely, Releasing the creative seed, Ejaculating blood in the attempt to prevent the flood of...Degenerate incriminations..."

I admire your efforts. You are free when you can write like this, my friend. Mark, this is a very honorable write. If I could, I would pass you your diploma right now on a wicker basket made by the African women who have no chance at what you do. Blessed Be.

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
Just Think If All Your Black Neighbors,Others, Whites ,etc All Pitched In Helped Each Other Out,i.e. Cared Enough & Shared Enough!?

How About Koby One Ko No Be, Other Millionare Athletes Instead Squanding Their $Millions$ On Drugs, Sex, Expensive Cars,Homes, Extravagant (Laughing Stock) Life Styles--

They All Bought Homes For You Mark Or Other 50 Sum Millions Poor Homeless Starving Children Sleepen In Streets,i.e. LIKE WHO NEEDS PHD...

All You Need Is Morals,i.e. You Shall Triumphant By Vitue...

Reviewed by E T Waldron
I agree with Nordette Mark! I also know that you can do anything you put your mind to! Your talent glows, you are special and your goals should not be stymied by the ignorance of leadership! Keep at it, and ruin their plans, not yours!

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
"They Call Me PhD" is self-explanatory.

I like to dive through the contents of this composition to learn some aspects of our academic society dominated by the
Ė ALL MAMMON-nitesí Rules.


I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
This is a noble goal. However, I think Shamans got more respect than we give our doctors now. Unfortunate...
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
Noble goal. Interesting write. R
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
From experience. Don't expect fortune or fame. Do one good thing for humankind and you will have becomme free. Do many, and you will become immortal.

Reviewed by Huda Orfali
Spending time in the halls of Academia can cause mania,
It certainly does, specially when deadlines are approaching
Enjoyed reading your work
Well done
love and peace
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