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  America
by Maryanne Raphael
Saturday, September 13, 2003
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There once was a place called Camelot


 

America

Breaking out of isolation everything is prologue.

Crusaders on the right proclaim extremism’s not for everyone.

From left to right nothing really changes

if you are pregnant from boyhood

and the course was against the tide.

Well, what’s behind laughter in the dark

when a race car is a symbol of violence?

Equality on the firing line is just

a trade name to delight a world

where nobody wants war

but everyone cheers the heros.

Never underestimate American tribal customs.

What is human? Where did they go?

In the center or it all

a victim was waiting, haunted and bewitched,

a people and a nation asking

what Dixie was like during the war.

What could one expect but mayhem?

All he wanted was to make a million fast

a widespread human experience.

Give the lawn mowers their place in history.

It was a pretty good utopia while it lasted.

 




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Reviewed by John Domino 7/7/2011
Famtastic write! I served in the USAF for 24 years. It was good to do so but now we have lost our way. Hope we fine the Godly to do things gain someday.
Reviewed by Joanna Leone 8/26/2008
You express yourself beautifully in this poem, however, I still beleive that America is still one of the best places to live. Of course, America is not a "utopia", by any means. I was a bit saddened by the poem as well.
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 7/17/2008
Hi Maryanne, I read your poem,"America". Thought it was well written; though the ending seemed to me, a bit bleak and pessimistic.
America was and still is a great nation. It has led by example. As great a country as Canada is we too have learned a lot from the U.S.A. I believe, that after a little "cleaning up" of certain messes, The real America we all knew and loved will return. God Bless. Please feel free to visit my site here in the "Den"
Reviewed by DANIEL RAY 1/8/2006
Nice poetic conviction, downtrodden upliftment, upkeeping humanity, recognizing the lower to the grade of human for it does speak clearly the ironies that a tower is not recognized in desert or a nation is not developed if the tribal communities are left to die in inhumane state. It does have excellent imageries and visual to support and clarify the poetic fancy with such a huge significance to the cause of humanity and civilization in symbols and allegorical order where the surface and prime meanings make a flow of deep sentiment and superficial feeling for poetic expressiveness.
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 8/14/2004
Excellent, all to true, though we cannot blame countries, but maybe we can blame the people of all countries, where thought for others is slipping away.
Reg.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 1/17/2004
Sort of like the lesson of the movie "Terminator III". We create things to destroy our enemies and end up destroying ourselves because of greed.
Nice treatise Maryanne.

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 1/8/2004
Way to go, Maryanne. Excellent summary of Camelot, the second beast that rose up to support the first beast. ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/14/2003
Excellent write, Maryanne; thanks for sharing! :) (((HUGS))) and much love, your Texas friend, Karen Lynn.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 9/14/2003
I am with Peggy here...BHUWAN

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