THE MOTTO OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE WHO THEY ARE

The necessity to be what one is: greater even
Standing apart
Alone, but my own
Socially outcast
Oh, the petty punitive bleetings
The bahh, bahh of the herd when one’s back is turned
(At least have the courage to speak to my face, cowards)
Like animals who are cursed to remain there
To repeat every move and mouthing of those who in turn live in mirrors
Imprisoned by the Yellow Emperor
All to escape the risk of Difference
Oh the labels, the scowls, the temerity of the lobotomized

We all face choices and therein follow consequences
Solitude or the idle chatter of the They
Insipid bleetings or the words of brilliance, which fill my shelves
Keeping one’s mouth closed or eating the ignorant like so many young
After all, how does one remain silent in the face of willful stupidity and live with oneself
This is not the ignorance of the underprivileged
But the self-imposed blindness of those who render their minds and voices to the great “DITTO”

Importantly, one must ask as to the morality of silence
(If only the majority were so, Dick)
Is it not a responsibility, a solemn duty, to speak up
To hell with their castigation
(Look it up: you have 4 hooves at your disposal, after all)
Hemlock to imbibe
Only in their self-resenting fantasies
Then again, what do sheep know of Socrates
He corrupted the youth
It would be laughable, were it not so tragic
Intellectual infanticide
Complicity in the destruction of all claimed as dear to them

Thus
BE BOLD
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER
CREATE YOUR REALITY AND COMPEL OTHERS TO SUBMIT OR VACATE
SUCH IS THE MOTTO OF WE LONELY ONES

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I cannot but dedicate this work to Raymond, as it was a discussion of ours, which led me to jot down the skeleton of this piece. TRUTH TO POWER, my friend.

I came rather late to poetry and even later to photography. I have graduate degrees in philosophy. I realized sometime ago that nearly all of my work makes some sort of implicit argument, and it often makes rather esoteric references to philosophy. Sorry: not trying to be turgid. It’s what I know, and it what Pan whispers into my ear.

You may find my newer, more formal photography at: http://rbgphoto-rusty.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Rusty

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Comments

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 4 years ago

    A manifesto for all free-thinkers!! BRAVO BLANCHOT!! ANOTHER BRILLIANT KICK TO THE BALLS TO ALL THOSE WHO WOULD TRY TO DRAG US DOWN TO THEIR MEDIOCRE LEVEL!!! FUCK THEM!! LET THEM WALLOW IN THEIR IGNORANCE!!!!

  • You said it, my man. I’ll have you a video post at some point today. Call it a total non sequiter but a shitload of fun! Fuck’em. Peace to the rest. OUT!

    – Rusty Gentry

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 4 years ago

    AND THANX FOR THE DEDICATION!! I AM HONOURED TO HAVE BEEN THE CATALYST FOR THIS BRILLIANCE!!

  • I’m just happy to get to rant once in a while! Thanks for the kick in the ass.

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 4 years ago

    RAYMONDO, HAS STATED THE WORDS SO RIGHTLY AND TRUTHFULL, I AM WITH YOU ALL ON THIS ONE…NORMAJEAN.

  • NormaJean,
    Thanks so much. Hell, some people have to speak truth to power and behead the mindless. xo, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Mia Rose
    Mia Roseover 4 years ago

    You have such a brilliant mind, Rusty. It’s a true honor to read your thoughts and thus share in a small part of the journey. xo

  • MIa, You are far too kind. I’d call it a torturous mind, more often than not. As Dave Matthews sings, “My head won’t leave my head alone/& I don’t believe it will till I’m dead & gone.” It is my greatest asset and my primary tormentor. I suppose that’s what I get for being a paradox proliferating machine: what else would a paradox do? Nonetheless, I am thankful for people like you who and others here who keep me going with the type of support you offer. I cannot thank you enough. xo, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanover 4 years ago

    Very interesting and certainly opens up a debate regarding ’the so-called knowledge that we base a lot of western civilisation and even its discontent over….(reference to Herbert Marceuse).

    FEATURED IN THE APAP GROUP – CONGRATULATIONS

    thanks for sharing this with the group

    Suzanne

  • Suzzane, As a philosophy Ph.D., I caught the Marcuse before I hit the second line. But, no, thank you for honoring me with the feature. Let the debate rage; it damn well needs to rage like the machine! “You know, I won’t do what you tell me!” Really, I can’t thank you enough, Suzanne. xo, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1over 4 years ago

    Wow, you hit me in the gut, the heart, and above all else… the mind. Very well said. I relate to this all too well.

    “But the self-imposed blindness of those who render their minds and voices to the great “DITTO”” Indeed. Noam Chomsky calls them the “bewildered Herd.”

  • Thanks Ambient. I threw a couple of Heidegger references in—idle chatter, the they—and thought that was enough. I am pleased that this piece is being noticed, not so much for my sake, but for my child’s & and everyone elses. Cheers, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • wasy35
    wasy35over 4 years ago

    You summized my life. You are fucking amazing.

  • My man, we would have good times, if this is your life also. Isn’t it great to be one’s own. Here’s one of my favorite quotes, if you will allow me: “Insist on yourself; never imitate…Every great man is unique.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. How does that smoke in your pipe, my friend? Cheers, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 4 years ago

    Rusty, wow…this hit me hard…thanks for writing and sharing this awsome piece!

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