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I tell you what ails me, itís me, or
what was me -- that person
droning on about world changing aspirations,
suckling from the same teat as every other fledgling no-talent
that just wants to make a difference, to inspire
and motivate because
thatís all that ever matters.

You know what?
They all say that shit.

How creative is creation at the cost of sounding pre-packaged
and sold as alternative, artsy, cutting edge or new wave
crashing on the sands of uniformed preachers, street-corner santas
peddling magic with professions of passion and dream-laden cackles
to passersby that just want to laugh, to love, not
complicate their daily steps with questions
of purpose.

Oh! star gazer, brandishing an acoustical joust,
decorated in guttural lyrics from the soul,
be sure to smoke 2 packs daily while
entrenched in diseased linens surrounded by ashen
soldiers of misfortune
further complicating your starving artist
world view.

From coffee tables to talk shows
to paparazzi confessionals
they all drown in the same ill-cooked stew --
of lofty generics.

Yeah, yeah, we all know.
You just want to change the world -- Well,

the world has to want to change.

-jonathon shank

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The following comments are for "Lofty Generics"
by huntingjonathon

Got it right
I agree with the notion that there are so many 'wannabe' people who think that going through the motions, acting a certain way, saying certain 'buzz' words (amazing, at the end of the day, absolutely) will somehow automatically make them a certain 'type' of person -- another one of that inspired flock.

As many in this forum know about me, I do not claim to be an artist in the craft of writing, but a mechanic. I do think I learn a lot from others here, and I guess that is what I get from this piece, that there are too many who think they already know.

Me...I don't care if I motivate the masses. I just hope something I write sparks some emotional knowledge in at least one person. I don't care if they "feel" it or not, just that they can say 'yeah, I think I know what it means".

I hope I've caught the general meaning of this piece. Thanks for posting.


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: July 30, 2008 )

" acoustical joust"

laughed at that line. this is a world in which poetry itself becomes prop for those more concerned with being poets than doing poetry...

think we're all guilty of this to some degree. and it's funny how all our earnest radicalism looks insincere or wishy-washy the very split-second we "make it"... cynicism is a necessary armour, but itself becomes accessorised and chic. what can you do...?

but I think, honestly, the world does want to change, just not in the ways or in to the place we would want it to be...

personally, I'd settle for being paid for what I do. even a free refill on my coffee would do. will work for book tokens and red bull... please help.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: July 31, 2008 )

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