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Oh what brilliant conceits hide in your semi-colon!

You talk of ra-tata, rata-rata-rata, some dada for change,
a change, of pace, Or place, of country,
as if being born brown is of no consequence,

You talk of beats and chimes,
Of dimes and times, and rhymes of
Them poets birthing 'nouns-profound',

You talk of ages and aging,
of merlots announcing ooh-so-ghoulish mistakes
of cognates and punctuation,

Oh, you talk of breeding the necessary meters,
As if a pandemic of kitsch is inherently evil,
as if being brown is never to say goodbye,

You talk of such isms, them -illian terms,
Dropping names like didactics as if you are
ensconced on the shoulders of those you consider mighty:
the vulgar, the bold, the published,
What niceties we must

impute on paper.

But what of a motherless child
Orphaned only by distance?
What of bastards on the street
whose only real relevance
is a dialogue based on hunger?
What of wails and grunts
And contractual divides
demanding daily wages?
I do not claim these be the real sighs,
But surely, they are real.

There are words that do not speak
And spaces that leap off pages.
These are the unprinted ones, kaibigan.
Let us not hide under the comforts
of the proven;

Let gimmicks be gimmicks and polemics be so.



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The following comments are for "Of Gimmicks and Polemics"
by webguy

Gimmics & Polemics!
Wow...what a powerful and cogent statement this is!!!

Well done Webguy...well said!!!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: April 17, 2010 )

@webguy
I agree with Aunt Bea, you had me hooked from the first line:

"Oh what brilliant conceits hide in your semi-colon!"

Indeed,

Dave

( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: April 19, 2010 )

friend
Reminds me of my a favorite poet, Langston Hughes. Like you, he had a talent for wordplay that hid a deeper and darker truth.

I may not know you but I am wondering who might have frustrated/inspired you off enough to write this. I offer my gratitude to that nameless person.

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: May 4, 2010 )





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