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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




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


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



‘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’



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



Suburban families

Dine at homogenous


Burger Kings

Instead of at

The now boarded up

Mom and Pop

Ethnic restaurants


They also flock to

Gigantic Corporate



Amusement Parks

Grocery Chains

And Shopping Malls


Instead of to the once proud

Ethnic Carnivals

Ethnic Grocery


And Clothing Stores

Of Yesteryear


Diversity Ethnicity

And even Nature

Have all sadly become

‘Dirty Words’

In our ever-increasing



Suburban Society


Even the trash

We now place at curbside

On our identical

Meticulously maintained

Chemically poisoned

Suburban lawns

Has become


And Plastic


Our once noble and revered

Ethnic customs


And religious beliefs

Are Dismissed


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


For our loss



I also weep

For the even greater loss

To come


For future generations







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
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 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

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.

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

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 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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