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Can't you...
see me walking with naked feet through the
glass of a million windows
that no longer exist
to the Nike factory
for another 14 hour shift

Can't you...
hear the screams of pain and rape
bought and sold by my parents
innocence never lost; but taken
chained to a bed of perversion
dying at 20 feeling like 50

Can't you...
see me swallowing a condom
full of cocaine
hoping it doesn't rupture:
on second thought i hope it does
paid in food and life as inmate 11002

Can't you...
help me?
Oh I forgot the Super Bowl
is this Sunday...



Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The following comments are for "Can't you..."
by Parker

Parker - First verse
There was some high-impact stuff in this piece. I especially loved the first verse!

Please tell me more of your intended meaning of this poem. I want to understand more fully to the end.



( Posted by: feliciastone [Member] On: February 5, 2005 )

What i am trying to say
The whole poem is about Child exploitation and how we Americans and indeed the world
do nothing about it because we are caught up in our trivial lives.

The first stanza is about child labor. America finds it fair to export jobs to third world
countries but not our fair labor standards. Why? Because it's not good for business.

The second stanza is about the child sex trade.
I was watching BBC America and they where doing a report on the Indonesian sex trade
After the tsunami and how it has gotten three or four times worse. Children are being
used more and more because there are so many that have been orphaned by the disaster.

The third stanza is about children being used as coke mules because they are minors.
There was a report about a little girl who was forced to swallow condoms full of cocaine
and take them over the border or she would be killed. When she was captured and they
found the cocaine through X-rays they deported (mind you she was only like 10 years old)
her back to her home country. Three months later she was attempting the same stunt and
ruptured one of the condoms giving her an overdose of cocaine and killing her.

The last stanza is about American apathy. In that same BBC report they asked several
Americans where Indonesia was and not one could locate it (I am not nieve i know they
probably had some that could and edited them out) on a map. The shocking thing about it
is that every single one who couldn't find it on the map knew where the Super Bowl was being
played and where it was on the map.

I don't know how to fix all these problems all I know is we can do better. Thanks for your
interest Felicia. When I wrote this I was pretty pissed of and i don't do my best writing while angry but I hope it doesn't obstruct the meaning too much.

( Posted by: Parker [Member] On: February 5, 2005 )

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