Spinning it

Spinning it
to all the
and the
‘let’s negotiate’
state to state
try to elucidate
This is our life
you try to
and overstate
in propagandic
pamphlets of lies
while children watch
how to live
their lives
on Gossip girl and
Desperate housewives.

We interrupt this program
With violence at 5.

It’s all hypocrisy
dressed in black
and swinging bats
of reli-gi-osity
defending a notion
of superiority
over mediocrity
and casting lots
for tv spots
in places not
your own,
throwing stones
while smoking a bowl
and shake 2000
years of bones

I just want to scream

Let me be me!

we spend
our cents
just as you,
put lives on the line
donate our time
give to our nation
in secret and pride,
yet there you go
to cast your vote
without compassion
or a fraction
of civility.
you force others to
live your reality
negating life, love, memory
and space
with a push of a button
and a finger in our face.
you spit in our direction
with your obsession,
an over zealous need
for oppression
and I have to ask
who is next?

Will it be a repeat
from the same sheet
a century ago?
Black, white or indigo?
Will it be newcomers
with hope filled eyes
questing for a piece of
American pie?
will it be the Muslim
on bended knee
thanking Allah for being free?
the Buddhist
Pagan, African or Chinese?
The short, the tall
The grey, the weak?
You tell me
while we
to spin it

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  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 5 years ago

    Let me tell you what I like about your writing. It exists in this world. It reacts to what is happening to us. Hypocrites are no longer lost in the crowd, they have become the crowd. Democracy, freedom and goodness are at stake while so many of us get caught up in the haters rake.

  • Thank you Mark. When I listen to contemporary slam or jam poets I feel the ones I like the most are the ones who connect with the audience no matter where/who they are – I always felt the same way about them – that they exist in this world. So again, thank you for that huge complement – I will definitely try to always tap into what is going on now.

    – virescentgirl

  • pagan
    paganalmost 5 years ago

    i dig the consistent boldness of your work… nothing like some tell-it-like-it-is writing to get heads nodding and people thinking… excellent.

  • wow, thank you gretchen!

    – virescentgirl

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