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The Entrenched
by J.A. Aarntzen

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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This is a piece that talks to the education system.

The Entrenched

You can’t wake up the entrenched
And expect them to actually see
They wouldn’t be able to understand
Until they had their cup of tea
They can’t take any warning
From the signs around them
Regarding global warming
And they will take offense
When you try to help
And mend their fence
A man that is not educated
Still finds something to learn
And he’ll remain motivated
To cling to it for all his days
He’ll be reluctant to give it up
Even when its shown to be wrong
His attachment to his beliefs
Will forever remain very strong
And he’ll seek ways to undermine
All the tenets of any opposing view
He’ll go on watch his wrestling
And forget everything
About the mess he’s in
He’ll watch his car racing
And go in constant circles
Not seeing where he’s facing
He’ll live his reality T.V.
And accept what he sees
As the way things should be
He’ll shut out all else as heresy
He’ll rear his kids the same way
Nothing contrary will be taught
They will never see the light of day
And when they come of age
And realize they lack qualifications
To earn a respectable wage
They will say it’s the fault
Of liberals and big government
“They’re not worth a grain of salt”
The kids will never be swayed
And when the nation takes stock
And tries to account for its state
It will experience a great shock
That it is no longer the world leader
And that it is sinking even more
It had forgotten exactly what it was
That had brought glory to it before
It allowed its children’s education
To be railroaded by the prejudices
Of those that just did not know
What is left can still be fertile
If prejudice can be washed away
Impressions can still be pliable
If removed from cultural decay
Solutions always remain available
And clever minds will see them
And struggle to apply them
In the midst of all the adversity
That is piled upon those that see
Through the haze of the city
These are the ones where hope rests
They must overcome their environment
And ensure that they can pass the test
And find ways to get their message across
Not giving in to the constant pressure
From those unwilling to be swayed
They have to focus upon the roots
And strive to keep the schools alive
And open to unbiased and free ideas
It is the only way the country will thrive
However it will never be easy
As their goals will not be shared
With those that cling to tradition
The entrenched are stubborn and scared
They have been shaped by the box
And listen to the fear-mongering fox
And they all long for something
That they never ever really had
And the dreams that they hold
Are pipes whose smoke is cold
Storyteller on the Lake
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Reviewed by Darryn Murphy 12/18/2010
nicely done - I like it
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/16/2010
This poem holds so much truth-poignant write!

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