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a wise man easily
what he understands and
all he does not,
From an ensuing
embarrassment of questions,
accepts the tenuous aspects of individual
insight in an aggregate society divided
irreparably in spirit and purpose
of the vernal
Lion of Tarshish;
a steady degeneration
in the struggle for dominance,
perfecting the tolerance of lesser
gods and every evil-bird of expression,
a once great experiment plummeting into
pettifoggery and unsoundness as
(social enigma) cedes
attrition of infrastructures,
representative someway of the
moral decline and spiritual impairment
of a once great nation carking
Fossil fuel generations
bedding the golden calf in
an effort to birth the golden egg to
be freed from the monster they created,
given to self-aggrandizement
crossing luck fingers
offer up contrived prayers
to ward off the guaranteed next
over the top disaster that will reveal all
manner of incompetence and reconstitute
what most have come to hold as rule
Innocent at outset,
hearts soft and malleable -
and in chaste purposefulness
preparing to germinate the hope of
lustrous tomorrows - young dreamers
espouse goodness and in all faith press
collectively towards what is envisioned as
a means to an end greater than the
sum of its characters
Remembering - in
blissful expectancy and being
Subject to the whims of lesser gods -
AMERICA once persevered in the idealism
of a nations unsophisticated components, while
young dreaming spirits posited anxiety in innocence
and pressed forward TOGETHER in the unity of innovation
richard lloyd cederberg
BETWEEN THE CRACKS
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|Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader)
|Thank you for sharing this, Richard. You elucidate our situation adeptly: "...divided/irreparably in spirit and purpose". -- Diana|
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|Sometimes what we think we understand is in fact worse that the aggregate societal insight. I'm digging a moat. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Like you have so eloquently shown, the 'freedom' to press forward, driving all before as 'noble savages' and wresting from the earth all things with the help of four-fifth personages so tamed, have landed us in the 'fine mess' we are in, still rushing headlong into our own demise with little clue.
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|Yes, Richard, these are perhaps near-perilous times, and though
the nation has faced similar perils through the years, this is no time to be laissez faire about it. This superb poem is a powerful
challenge today (and perhaps at almost anytime in our history)to
recover the ideals on which the nation was founded. -gene.
|Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
|When you participate
After reading I thought of Joel 2:28 & Act 2:17
The old and the new
Told and retold.
Waiting to unfold
Who will step out and be bold!!
(The WHO is definitely YOU Richard)
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|POWERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
|Your range is impressive, Richard, the calm eye of the Stoic (worthy of Marcus Aurelius) in the first stanza moves to social observer cum political analyst and on to downright disaffected critic. I have a policy of not commenting directly if I can help it on others' politics or the states and regimes they write about so I'm a bit hamstrung here but that in no way diminishes my appreciation of the quality of thought expressed in this serious intellectually and emotionally challenging work.
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
You've spoken volumes with this piece. I think that most of middle-America knows that the country is in decline, but we can't seem to do anything to stop it. From my current angle, I see that most are out to line their own pockets. Even something so basic as job-hunting (which I am doing) has become dangerous. If not careful, one could lose everything. The point is: As we continue to become the biggest melting pot in the world, we are losing culture, religion, morals, affordable housing, and jobs. Tom, Dick, and Harry don't have a conscience anymore, so how are politicians supposed to? There are more home invasions and thefts than ever before, because folks are becoming desperate. A brilliant poem. Divided we stand:)
p.s. I think Obama is on vacation again. Nice when most of middle-America has lost homes, self-worth, jobs, and life savings. Taxes, food, and bills keep going up, but paychecks have limited climb. God help us if they figure out a way to tax us on every breath!
Love and Hugs,
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|This fine eloquence triggers many thoughts and emotions...
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|excellent write-good for you|
|Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
|this is a keeper for sure and should be read every day to every classroom in the United States just after the Pledge of Allegiance. the entire country has been purposely subverted KGB/ Apple Pie October style in the following stages: 1. demoralization, 2. destabilzation, 3. crisis, 4. normalization. we are basically transitioning now between the final stages of crisis (economic collapse, societal collapse) into the normalization stage, which will usher in forced austerity, degradation of social services with decreased wages and increased taxation, high-tech sureveillance grid overlay with a rear-guard left in place of minimum-wage goons to shove their hands down our pants (TSA style) and extort the last remaining vestiges of private wealth from the American middle-class debt slaves, etc., etc. ad nauseum. this piece hits on all cylinders, sums up the the tragic loss of the collective moral compass, which inevitably leads to corruption and sloth baked into the establishment and populace, respectively. It's the swan song of every empire and the chickens are coming home to roost. excellent work!!!|
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