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If we cannot now end


Our differences,


At least we can help


Make the world safe


For diversity.


 


           John Fitzgerald Kennedy


 


 


America’s


Great industrialized cities


Were built by the sweat and blood


Of diverse ethnic immigrants


Who worked hand in hand


To build them


 


These cities were once


Marvelous places


To raise one’s family


To worship one’s god


To respect one’s neighbors


To enjoy life’s simple pleasures


 


City residents attended ethnic festivals


Learned the richness of other cultures


Ate ethnic foods


In quaint


Mom and Pop restaurants


With diverse menus


That offered delicious


Home-made fare


From around the globe


 


City residents


Delighted in patronizing


Jewish Delicatessens


Italian Bakeries


Lithuanian Drug Stores


German Hardware Stores


Chinese Laundries


Korean Restaurants


Polish Buffets


Mexican Cantinas


African American


Soul Food Stores


 


Many of the sons and daughters


Of these ethnic immigrants


Grew up in these cities


And got along fairly well


With their ethnic neighbors


 


Our big cities prospered


And our diversely rich


Heritages were maintained


Revered


And passed down


From generation to generation


 


Today our big cities perish


They die of government neglect


Crime runs rampant


Buildings lie in ruin


The homeless lie in gutters


And these wonderful


Ethnic city neighborhoods


And people


Have vanished


 


Today both people and corporations


Abandon their once proud heritages


And our big cities


And flock to ever-increasing


Plastic


Homogenized


‘Suburban Utopias’


 


Where they quickly decimate


Once great and green spaces


That once


Surrounded our great cities


And that once teemed


With diverse wildlife


 


They quickly construct


Massive housing subdivisions


And massive corporate complexes


That all look


Horrifically alike


 


In their new desire


To become


‘Homogenously Correct’


 


Today


Our suburban children


Are taught to


Dress the same


Speak the same


Act the same


Believe in the same things


Crave the same expensive toys


 


And disregard any concerns


They may have


For the plight of others


Not exactly like themselves


Or for the plight


Of our nonhuman neighbors


 


Families now gather


In homogenous suburban churches


Where they practice


The love of


A Homogenized God


And a hatred


And a bigotry


Toward anyone


On this planet


Who is not


Exactly like them


 


Today


Suburban families


Dine at homogenous


Corporate


Burger Kings


Instead of at


The now boarded up


Mom and Pop


Ethnic restaurants


 


They also flock to


Gigantic Corporate


Homogenized


Suburban


Amusement Parks


Grocery Chains


And Shopping Malls


 


Instead of to the once proud


Ethnic Carnivals


Ethnic Grocery


Hardware


And Clothing Stores


Of Yesteryear


 


Diversity Ethnicity


And even Nature


Have all sadly become


‘Dirty Words’


In our ever-increasing


Modern


Homogenous


Suburban Society


 


Even the trash


We now place at curbside


On our identical


Meticulously maintained


Chemically poisoned


Suburban lawns


Has become


Uniform


And Plastic


 


Our once noble and revered


Ethnic customs


Lifestyles


And religious beliefs


Are Dismissed


Forgotten


And shamefully tucked away


In some deep dark closet


In our homogenous


Suburban homes


 


In the desperate hope


That, we, too,


Can ‘Fit In’


 


And I for one


Weep


For our loss


 


And


I also weep


For the even greater loss


To come


 


For future generations


Of


Sanitized


Homogenized


De-sensitized


De-humanized


De-ancestoralized


Corporately Controlled


Suburban Residents


 


Who Will No Longer


Be Able To


 


Think for themselves


Remember their noble ancestry


Ever see a wild animal


Or even appreciate


How America


Was Truly Built


 


 




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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 6/8/2004
...and the source of this madness sitteth on the right-hand side of the aisle, in my opinion. When they scream 'budget cuts' we need look no further than your poem to know what that means... and the arts... and the 'special kids' and on and on. When you rant, Eddie K, you poke a few eyes out, but are their ears still able to hear? Do they care? You speak a truth many don't want to think about... that's why they've moved away. If they can't see it... they can believe it isn't true... and just don't care. You've said a mouthful, and no doubt it made you gag. Thanks for being one of the "good guys"... katy xox.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 6/1/2004
Super graphics, and a lot of "meat" in this one, Eddie...
but not all religions are practicing bigotry and hatred.
The exception is the one that refuses to kill another human being, and serves a God of Love.
You put much thought into this one, poet friend.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 5/31/2004
Revolution!!!!!
Reviewed by andrea coltman 5/31/2004
You've hit the nail on the head here Ed, but America is not the only country that suffers, sad but true. Insightful write...best wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 5/30/2004
Very profound and insightful write Poet. I for one had always taught my children what made and will keep at least I hope our country strong, was that we truly are the melting pot of the world. This write should be read by everyone and maybe help refresh the notion that we are a Nation of many different cultures and religions, and stop worrying so much about with keeping up with “The Jones.” Heck when the cable would go out on the TV they thought the world had come apart. Oh how I yearn for the days when everyone tried there best to accept each other, and corporate greed wasn’t so dominate across our great land. We must overcome all this so that there might just be a world for all of humanity to enjoy. Thank you for sharing it.
Reviewed by Fletcher Bailey (Reader) 5/30/2004
This is a very insightful write about the whole world in general...sadly, I think the blame lies with the fact that values from familys are no longer being taught...simple values such as empathy...very excellent read...poet...Fletcher B
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/30/2004
(((ed)))

dang straight. :( God have mercy...powerful write, my (((friend))), POWERFUL!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/30/2004
Right on, Ed! Sad how our country has gotten today; God help our land...

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 5/30/2004
Spot on, Ed, SPOT on.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/30/2004
Wonderful write. America was built upon rugged individualism and the acceptance of others... even those with whom we disagree. Enjoyed!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/30/2004
Bravo,Ed! an outstanding piece of work that should
be read by everyone. Oh how I wish it could be
published where our leaders could read it and perhaps
get a clue as to what has happened to our nation!
Alas, I believe there are no longer men/women of
vision that become leaders.God help us!
Reviewed by jude forese 5/30/2004
superbly crafted trusims of the constantly changing face of amerika ...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 5/30/2004
This is great poetry, great thoughts. Bless you for posting this Ed.
Reviewed by Rose L 5/30/2004
Ed - This is AWESOME! With your permission I would like to share it with my kids - they NEED to read this.

We've replaced:
stoop sitting with home alarm systems
being neighborly with fear and suspicion
poking fun at ourselves with being politically correct to the extreme
preserving and re-using goods to a true consumer society
and so on.......

I really and truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing and sharing this. E.W. Richardson finished one about a week ago that was along a similar vein - you might want to check that one out if you hadn't.

~Rose~
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/30/2004
This was excellent Ed, wise and thoughtful and true! I loved your thoughts here, powerful

Reindeer
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/30/2004
WOW, what happened on Saturday that got in your craw (sp?) & got you all wound up...? And let Andy know that there are no fish 'n chips fast food joints now that for the most part Aurthur Treacher's closed...A horrorific look at a bleak future for sure...Peace would be a NICE addition to the future as well, Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 5/30/2004
Thanks for helping open many eyes...WONDERFUL poem, Ed!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/30/2004
This happens all over the world Ed!!

This is really a very sad reality my friend!!

Hey what about a traditional "PAP AND BRAAIVLEIS"??

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 5/30/2004
Thumbs up on this one, Ed. Yep, progress has pointing us on a downhill slope.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/30/2004
Yup America was built on Christian values. I heard you can't teach Christianity in American schools. so sad where are we headed.

Hey you forgot going out for an English..fish n chips:))
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/30/2004
I was raised up in a big city. I won't even go back there and work now. The city is growing too fast, crime everywhere. Buildings go up made out of junk, because of the almighty dollar. I moved to the country 14 years ago, and love it and the animals.
Thanks for writing this Ed. Have a great day!
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