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  Once Upon Our Time
by Odin Roark
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Last night, while inane entertainment held the anticipatory stare of 1 billion people, pockets of power mongering reality continued killing and pillaging humanity’s integrity. Whether by slick “three-nation foreign tour” or concussion of armored tank aggression on Aleppo, honor continues to agonize while global indifference continues to grow.

Once Upon Our Time

Vulturous gluttons
thrust ready their mugs of remaining liquidity
for dollops of our life's cream
condensed and risen to the top
as hard earned experience

But in spite of our willing compassion's rich bouquet
little will be savored
through the soured after-taste of nescience
joining voracious lapping tongues
driven to un-tethered desperation
atop their dung heap of greed

Unlike Socrates accepting the shortness of death's breath
those who remain blissfully ignorant
oblivious of power mongers sweet-talking their minions of locust
blinders will remain fixed
vacuous labor will continue
cultivating but clay
to become mere grist for the wind

will see drudgery's survival
plagued into madness
the lathered bridle of hope succumb
to the gluttonous appetite of deceit's hemlock
reducing any integrity left
to dust

one must hope
trusting the antidote for poisoned consciousness
will once again take hold
return life's honesty of seed and growth
beckoning harvests worth nurturing

Once Upon Our Time





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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 8/1/2012
Arrow to the missing scale in the dragon's chest...." Most will see drudgery's survival/plagued into madness". Your honing of these clauses is staggeringly profound, Odin. This one: "trusting the antidote for poisoned consciousness". I can only shake head slowly in reverence over the weight of atonement packed into these words. Amen. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 7/29/2012
I am sure there are many events that are mere diversions of a kind.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 7/28/2012
like Jerry i was not plugged into any of it and never really am. great commentary odin.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/28/2012
It is good that you end with a positive note. The channel carrying the event last night declared that “one million were watching.” That means that nearly 6,000,000,000 people on the earth did not have a television to watch the Olympic Games. These are the people that are being used, ground up in the grist of greed–loyal and unloyal followers all.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 7/28/2012
These "uprisings," are, in my opinion going to be much more of a problem to the western nations that what was in place before. I know it is popular to call these uprisings a blow for the dictators which will be replaced by democracy and freedom, but it will be a far cry for either of those two when the dust has settled and the "Brotherhood" controls the Middle East.

P.S." I wasn't one of those "inane entertainment held the anticipatory stare of 1 billion people" last night, and never have been.

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