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  Stuffication Syndrome
by Odin Roark
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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After years of a society’s focus on what we don’t have, it occurred to me that there is much beyond “nothing,” as is generally understood. Herewith is an attempt at a prosetry overview of both what is and what might be. To breathe is not just the taking in of air.

Stuffication Syndrome

I have nothing
There is nothing
Nothing rules
So go the naysayers
And the empty minds
Impoverished for lack of air

Stuffcan anxiety
Those whose stratagem of filling one's pockets
And gluttinous appetites with

Some can remember when stuff
Totaled a warm bed
Running water
An indoor toilet
Security void of locked doors

Some recall education as normal
Integrity as a nightly sleeping pill
Friendship without agendas
Love without prenuptial mentality

There are even those who
Walked behind wagon trains
Stalked the day's food
Planted the season's sustenance
Knew a campfire's magic
Drifted with the ether of Nature's breath

Where did our quench become parched?
When did the Ides of March engulf logic
How did ethics fall prey to mass ignorance
Why did Aristotle posit "right is discrimination of what is just"

And so

Questions of reason go unanswered
Governance plays stick ball with Man's future
Global dis-ease suffocates the will to breathe only clean air
Economics transcend Ethics
Commodification rules
But few understand that
So lost in the quagmire of duplicity and greed
Are we


"All we have to fear is fear itself" is totally inept
What we have to fear is complacency
For that which succumbs
Becomes prey of itself
Blind complicity
Surrendering all breath
Ever so slowly
Becoming its own
Stuffication Syndrome

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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 10/2/2012
The clarity of vision in this piece is more clear than water (clean water) and glass (clean glass) and air (clean air). The words "Stuffcan," "....the ether of Nature's breath" " ",,,quagmire of duplicity...," "Stuffication Syndrome" and "...quench become parched?" That last one is the epitome of the priorly written "...gluttoninous appetites with/Stuff" ergo "Commodification" I like that word. This one is heard by me as an ache of beautifully-wrenching music. Sadness played from a Stradivarius; notes a fiddle could not sing. So crystal it hurts. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/27/2012
a rather road map of what is or has been before becoming possible
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/27/2012
You harken on an earlier time that was better. On the contrary, in many ways earlier times were worse. Unfortunately, memory has a way of softening the hard edges of the past.

Today is no different than it's always been. Except in some ways, where we are pushing the limits of growth. While most of us are suffocating in our own stuff, some people prefer a simpler life and are leading it.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/27/2012
Nicely rendered with conviction, poet. I cannot imagine how bad those that walked behind the wagon's feet ached. Priorities anymore (for so many) are skewed, perverted, backasswards, a religion of Meism that multiply's storage containers to keep their mounds of stuff safe that they never look at or use. I have never been one given to materialism, and never will. The morons that define themselves by what they own are deceived noxiously arrogant pretentious prigs. And there are many of them down here in SoCal. Haha ... They cry over spilled champagne! Their complaints are not over the lack of necessities, but the abundance of benefits. They bellyache over the frills, not the basics. Over benefits not essentials. The source of their problem is their blessing. Health, joy, love, wisdom, family, friends, and creative output have always ranked as, (and will continue to be) priorities in this Norwegian's life. Peace ...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/27/2012
i admire everything about this..
from the great title! and that spare stark opening
right to the end

'dis-ease' is particularly good, much more than
mere clever

this i shall read several times

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/27/2012
But few understand that

So lost in the quagmire of duplicity and greed

Are we

I often sadly wonder today if most don't understand, or if most just don't care anymore.

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