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The homeless build cardboard shacks
Inside my TV set
Beyond the glass interface
Is the world of have-nots
These are not plastic phantons
Who curl up on video tape
And sleep on some news channel's studio shelf

They have names like Tyrone,
Bernice and Peter

Their bed at night is that cold unyeilding pavement called despair
And where yesterday's recycled newspapers prove a poor substitute
For the comforting blankets of hope and compassion

Right now, I seem keenly aware of my blessings
My section of sidewalk has four walls
With a roof overhead to keep me warm and dry
And a cozy bed in wich to sleep and dream an old man's dreams

How ironic it is
That on tattered cardboard dwellings are often seen these faded words: Fragile... Handle With Care

Now, sitting in my comfortable chair, clutching the amoral plastic remote
A disturbing thought suddenly hammers my conscience

How easy it is, for me, to flee these real images of utter desperation
To the santuary of a sanitized Mr, Clean commercial

With just a touch of the remote button

Tom Foley





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The following comments are for "My Remote Conscience"
by TomA

Poignant
An honest and thoughtful poem. The so-called space age at its best. It's always interesting to think that most people on the earth today live in what is considered squalor by those lucky enough to have remotes and computers.

( Posted by: veganmaster [Member] On: January 8, 2005 )

More Than I Can Say
I appreciate the thoughtful and sensitive response my poem received from kindered spirits who also love to gather poignant words and give them a voice to be heard by others.

Thank you Tina Louise
Thank you Yeganmaster
Thank you Windchime

( Posted by: TomA [Member] On: January 12, 2005 )





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