AnarchistI stood with men who had no flagAnarchist2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
no homeland for which to brag
We never thought it would come to this
forced to open the World's eyes to the lies they miss
When Politics became a joke
we saw the truth amongst the smoke
With every law or rule they make
We see are rights to freedom fake
If you think you're truly free
then dare attack this "Democracy"
Dare to do something right
illuminate the things they would keep from sight
they traded freedom for peace of mind
and hoped to god the public blind
We are the wolves, we are not sheep!
and For Our Freedom, there is no price too Steep!
Show them we will not bow
Show them my wolves, how we Howl!
We are wild, and we are free
If they were smart they would have let us be
But ever since they brought their chains and locks
we've fought back with fists and rocks
We've made an Army with no flag
but Over a Billion Voices we dare to Tag.
Sorry We Shot Your Kid...Sorry We Shot Your Kid, But Here's $500Sorry We Shot Your Kid...9 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
For the entire war in Iraq, the press has been kept largely in the dark concerning the number of civilians killed by our forces, and what happened in the aftermath. Now several hundred files posted online reveal some of the true horror while raising questions about lack of compensation.
Here you will find, for example, that when the U.S. drops a bomb that goes awry, lands in an orchard, and does not detonate -- until after a couple of kids go out to take a look -- our military does not feel any moral or legal reason to compensate the family of the dead child because this is, after all, broadly speaking, a "combat situation."
Also: What price (when we do pay) do we place on the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by one of our soldiers who mistook his book bag for a bomb satchel? Would you believe $500? And when we shoot an Iraqi journalist on a bridge we shell out $2500 to his widow -- but why not the measly $5000 she had requested?
This, and m
In AbsentiaIn Absentia9 years ago in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
That's my wife sprawled on the living room floor, drunk on living in this suburban ferment. In desperate need of decanting, I open the doors.
There she is, a contorted mannequin before a pool of life, off in the deep end. I wonder what she's dreaming. I'm a doctor, by the way but honest to God, I dont really want to find out. I dont specialize in drunks.
Yet, here I am, my eyes, fixed on her stillness. You know, the first time we met, it was just the same. She was staring off into some Warhol display at the art gallery. Sometimes I think thats why I married her for this serenity. I fell in love with her absence that fleshy shell while she slept, turned away, or wandered off into the ether but once she came back to the land of the conscious, she was just just another woman. Maybe I should have waited a hundred more years or bought
Freely EnslavedYou poison your mindFreely Enslaved7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
With beliefs, divine
A part of your life
now left behind
You've no common sense
You weave a defense
Of some plan which was made
Without your consent
You justify how you behave
And choose to be, freely, enslaved
Check the cons
Break the bonds
Don't become their pawns
Escape from the hold
Say you won't be sold
No more messed up stories
From the days of old
Maybe it's time to misbehave
Show them you won't be freely enslaved
Within Your LinesThis is the seed, the catalyst:Within Your Lines7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The dawning of a thought that's kissed
The source of all creation.
The mouth of insperation
And now that we have found it
We can never quit
How will we fill this stage
With ecstasy and rage
With naught but songs
We'll trap the wrongs
To wrought our will
To hold them still
What, herein, shall we create
Within this world of hate
Think. Don't Know.Certainty is a plague. Avoid it at all costs. Don't be certain, ever; think, don't know. Crusaders were certain their actions were right; the radical terrorists are certain they were doing good; many criminals are certain they won't get caught. They knew, but didn't think. Think. Ask why. Ask how.Think. Don't Know.7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Don't ever just accept something, follow the evidence. Don't just accept there is evidence, study it, experience it firsthand, if possible. Think. Society stabilizes through doubt, not certainty, knowing leads to not trying, not learning. Knowing isn't really knowing, it's a combination of faith and apathy. Thinking is security, a blend of skepticism and activism, curiosity and caring, initiative and interaction. Don't just trust, justify rationally, and rationalize justly. Trust is good, only if it is trustworthy. Don't just know, think.
What's Really ToughWe can split an atomWhat's Really Tough7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We can travel to other giant rocks
We can lose ten trillion dollars
We can kill a million people with one well-placed bomb
We can knock down towers with planes, killing thousands
We can fight a hundred wars
We can make fifty religions
We can sustain birth of sextuplet
We can deny science
We can blame science for ignorance
We can sell out arenas for fighting matches
That is all easy, what's really tough, what we can't seem to do, is get along.
The WriterThe WriterThe Writer7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I have a name, but Im dont want to tell you it. Actually, I dont need to tell you it, because even if you knew it, youd never find me.
Because there are probably more than a thousand of me-at least, people with the same name-around where I live, maybe millions worldwide.
Thus I live in this world, longing for individuality, but being individual makes you weird.
So Im not telling you my name because its really not that important.
This world I live in is strange. Everyone judges.
I live in a world where youre fat if you wear size six jeans, because the -cough- acceptable size is like -3.
I live in a world where music is cuss words and bad influences.
I live in a world where you can fail all through school but still make more money than those who tried.
In fact, I live in a world revolving around money.
I live in a world where beauty gets you farther than talent, skill, and hard work.
I live in a world conditione
II.II.8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
with eyes like marbles
lost in a nervous clamp
of feather and claw
strung out on a branch
a telephone wire buzzing
on a dead line
too tired to yawn
she dreams of birds
who fall in her lap
Beauty in BaroqueIn the darknessBeauty in Baroque7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A love so dark
But oh love bequeath me
This feeling I have longed after for so long
Raven saturated locks ebbing and flowing with the wind
Starlight betraying the true nature of your beautiful hair
However raven like in the dark, but ever radiant in the day
A spring day
Lazily wandering through daisies, I watch you from afar
You know I am there, but you wait for me to make my move
And wasn't it you, love, who told me to make the first move?
The one who told me I was the one who had to engage you
Tell you how I feel
How the beauty of nature compliments your pretty face
And Lo! how you shine in such light
The moon's light cannot hold grace unto you
The sun's brightness cannot outshine your eyes
And oh those eyes.
How those gems gleam so radiant and with such love
The love I wish to feel, if you will only let me near
Past times have left me scarred
But your glow heals all wounds and keeps the demons at bay
If I only was as close as the wind upon your hai
Sixteen Dead in JuarezSixteen Dead in JuarezSixteen Dead in Juarez6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We can't talk. We can't
talk now. Now,
like the living, we are
dead in Juarez
unsolved as the grave
streets that turned us
indoors until, hidden
inside, the hiding ended
with the blood we were.
It seems a mistake, false
information, a confusion
of something; they could not want
anyone like us. Who can see
why they might they did
not know our hands as we left
them, dark and plain, beside
bullet holes in a wall.
What is this smell in the air?
Where is the world
where the world is?
Why is this? We can't
The meaning of life.. + death?What is the meaning of life?The meaning of life.. + death?7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
This is a very good question. Many believe that life has no meaning, that it's all a big joke and we should laugh at it. Ha dee ha ha.
Others believe that life has a very deep significance. For example there is a random God and he put us on Earth as a sort of trial rather than us going to Heaven directly.
A few others believe that the meaning of life is 42.
After many years of deep thought and meditation on this subject, I have come to the startling conclusion that all of the above are in fact wrong, ie life is neither a joke nor a trial from God nor 42, but simply a state of being where if one is not dead, one is alive and is therefore living and that's the meaning of life.
However, this line of thought has lead to an even deeper question which is:
What is the meaning of death?
This is a much more difficult question than the meaning of life. One might think it's a state of being where one is not alive and therefore dead, but if you're
Education DerailedWhen boys become men,Education Derailed5 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
still in bodies of boys,
there's a tiny hand pulling the trigger.
Killing with guns
when they're still playing with toys,
troops get smaller as conflict gets bigger.
If they don't grow up now,
they won't get the chance,
Virtue's just a victim of circumstance.
Guns at the ready, men,
open fire they cry.
But they'll cry even harder
for an eight year old martyr
knowing somewhere the system has failed,
now the children are learning to die.
emptyempty8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
when you left me, there was
a hot hollow in my chest and I tried
to fill it with ice
cream and chips
but fool, my belly was full
and my heart was
for to fall on your deaf earsYou glisten in my throat, baby,for to fall on your deaf ears8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and glow across my pores -
but for our love to be
effective, you've gotta start shimmering, too.
You, though, will remain dull and we will
be like either side of
a glazed vase - sparkling Side A
vs. cold, unfinished clay.
I had been content to play Dagny Taggart
to your Hank Reardon,
Holier Than Who?I have met, in my opinion, way too many people who refuse to accept new ideas into their life and belief system. Too many people, also, who think critically about any part of their life outside of the material few things that through which they can achieve social acceptance, be it money, status, fame, etc.Holier Than Who?7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I know too many religious people who tell me that I don't know what I am talking about. A few, even, who tell me I am a blasphemer for not accepting their Lord, Jesus the Christ, as my Lord. I don't even personally believe the bro ever existed. Can they not respect my standpoint in these issues? I have never gone to anyone of a different faith and told them, in person, that they are damned for believing what they do. Yet, I have people who look down on me for believing that the cosmos and everything in it are one, and in that, our overall being is the true creator and creation.
They believe in miracles and a man who died for our sins, and a man in the clouds, so to speak, who sees ev
Tanka Series1.Tanka Series8 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
the perfect spiral
of my worn
asking her out
I proofread every word
to the free space
in my journal-
but how can five lines
hold autumn dusk?
sorority bake sale
the girl I dumped
a cold brownie
of a stray dog
the tarot woman's hand
against my own
even in the cool
of night air
Read This And Remember.You live life the way you want.Read This And Remember.7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
In life it doesn't matter what people say or do, only what you take from it.
It only matters what you think, it's your life to live
The most important person in your life is you. Remember this.
You will always be there for yourself
Take care of yourself.
Take care of the people that love you, try for you, and hope for you.
To have a friend you must be a friend.
Learn to love and you will love life.
Open your mind, understand
Forgive, never forget
It's life's lessons and pains that teach us
Not everything happens for a certain, predestined reason
It happens so you can learn from it, take from it, and use it for your benefit,
Always keep trying.
Never give up
Never give in
You are a strong person
You will persevere
With love and hope,
IcarusSplendid in the sunIcarus7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I failed to see the wax begin to run
As feathers fell like stars into the sea
And roaring waves reached up and swallowed me.
IslamIslam in generalIslam8 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Islam is incredible
To be a little suitable
Quran is lyrical and truthful
Humble when I read it
Humble when ever I hear it
Islam is a way of life
Islam is my way of life
Islam is the only truth in this life
Now tell me whats right
Mistaken for the wrong mind
Just let the creatures
And the human preachers take all the wounds of this nature
Too hard on paper!
God did give you the past the present and the future written
All you got to do is look into it and start pitching
And if your ashamed of the way you livin
Open the doors of Islam and youll be full of blessings
Endless WinterEndless WinterEndless Winter1 year ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
At the ground
Always a frown
On my face
Because of my disgrace
I cannot replace
My absence of grace
Today is gray
It won't go away
My life is astray
Can't cope with this loss
Makes me feel lost
What used to be my cross
Buried under frost
Dig it up, I'll try
Something will always go awry
Looked it in the eye
Found out it was a lie
Today is gray
It won't go away
Should I try again?
Could I try again?
Would I try again?
Can't seem to get rid of the snow
Should I cry again?
Could I cry again?
Would I cry again?
It's the reason I can't get by
Today is gray
My mind is a fray
No, I'm not okay
Today is gray
I have nothing to say
I'm fading away
Today is gray
This snowy day
Still won't go away
Battle CryWe give and take everything we can,Battle Cry6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Everybody's just looking for a reason to stand
To stand alone, and to stand tall,
But why is it that we stand right before we fall?
Everyone just wants to be loved in life,
So why is it so many are often denied?
To have it or to lose it, which is worse?
Sometimes life just feels like a curse
We stand! In the middle of a waking dream,
And it feels like everybody's losing everything!
We reject! This thing, called "reality",
And every mouth opens, and every mouth screams!
Everybody's got! This fire inside,
Even the ones who think it has died!
This is our battle cry! Wrenched from inside,
You can take everything that we have, but never take our pride...
Everybody's just looking for a reason,
To hold back the tears that threaten to consume,
And all we want is to lie down in peace,
But everyday there seems to be less room
Everybody wants someone to hold their hand,
And maybe someone to just understand,
But too many people say they don't have the time...