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Contagion


America
is making me sick
but Iím resistant
I havenít fallen to the plague
of
anti-intellectualism
sociopolitical retardation
slavish loyalty
patriotic warmongering
racism
fundamentalism
general spiritual ailment
self-delusion
media spin

Iím still struggling
with
consumerism

I havenít taken my eyes
off of them
I deflect all temptation
to come back in

back into the fold
of spiritual lepers

Iíve shed
my flaking
starred-and-striped skin
and now
itís red and black
the way I wish itíd always been


------
The Alienist
jhfurnish@yahoo.com


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The following comments are for "Contagion"
by The Alienist

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If you hate America so much, why don't you move to Russia?

Kidding. Although I agree with the general ideas presented in this piece (particularly the idea that anti-intellectualism, media spin, and racism are plagues), I do find the bitterness apparent in this piece to be a bit abrasive. I do believe we live in the greatest country in the world, but I also believe thereís so very much wrong in this country that concerned citizens like ourselves have to keep pushing, and pushing hard, so that one day America can live up to its idealism.

As for the poem itself, thereís not much to be said. It, in and of itself, is less a piece of art than it is a vehicle to convey a political message. For what it was, the composition was adequate, and the presentation was blunt and to the point, which was appropriate for what it looks like you were aiming for.

Love. Peace. Metallica.

( Posted by: KnightHawk [Member] On: June 16, 2006 )





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