Freely EnslavedYou poison your mindFreely Enslaved6 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
Sorry We Shot Your Kid...Sorry We Shot Your Kid, But Here's $500Sorry We Shot Your Kid...8 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
Within Your LinesThis is the seed, the catalyst:Within Your Lines6 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
Education DerailedWhen boys become men,Education Derailed4 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.
Read This And Remember.You live life the way you want.Read This And Remember.6 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,
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?6 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
The WriterThe WriterThe Writer6 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
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.6 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.
Education for AllFor many, education is the keystone of a successful life, but not everyone learns alike. Since everyone learns differently, this spectrum of ways to learn should be a tool in the arsenal of education. Since everyone learns differently, teachers should teach differently; different styles of teaching should be embraced. Since everyone learns differently, there should be multiple paces of learning, more of a hill than steps, five or seven paces of class. Since everyone learns differently, everyone should learn differently.Education for All6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
There are numerous learning style inventories one can take, and numerous outcomes on each inventory. One standardized format could be presented, and from there teaching could be designed around the result of each student. With that, since independence is a commonly respected ideal, electives should be more common, as mandatory classes tend to bog down the system, and sometimes hurt the students who hold minimal interest in the subject. That is not to say that basic clas
What's Really ToughWe can split an atomWhat's Really Tough6 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.
Beauty in BaroqueIn the darknessBeauty in Baroque6 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
The Global MediaIt's so painful to know that some people -and in the name of democracy and freedom of speech- are clapping to those who serve their aims even if they do it using the most heinous ways, while many are preventing from expressing how much pain and anguish they feel behind barriers and borders...The Global Media8 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Is it permissible for you to defend your visions and unacceptable from others??...
Is it democracy or justice to prevent others from all ways and means of exchanging and expressing view simply because they say that what happens is wrong??..
Is it democracy to impose your point of view on others by erasing their opposite pinion?? from what do you afraid???..
If you think you're right... why don't you face them with your compelling argument??...
Isn't it cheese to silenced others voice just because they are opposite to yours??...
Isn't it a shame to prevent them from expressing and reveal freely as long as you are respected??..
Is it democracy to prevent them a space which originally d
IcarusSplendid in the sunIcarus6 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.
The meaning of life.. + death?What is the meaning of life?The meaning of life.. + death?6 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
Haiku Collection - Marchspring haiku-a-thonHaiku Collection - March7 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
1. for denise
nose touching soft skin
drinking deep; erotic taste
do I smell perfume?
2. the reality of seasons
police sirens scream
a shooting down on broad street
springtime in philly
3. not from around here
explaining to an
out-of-towner what the fuck
is a mummers parade
4. the color red
crimson contrasts against white
lipstick on my collar
5. a frown at father time
hours hasten onto dawn
nights grow short again
6. hard to write with it
skilled bladesman; sharp steel
sheath conceals the poet's pen
a martial artist
7. good evening, philadelphia
sunset paints the canvas red
glowing city lights
8. solitary dining
candlelight and wine
rose petals and fine linen
she never arrives
9. unreliable meteorologist
spring ahead once more
no shadow for the groundhog
meanwhile, more snow falls
10. poetic distractions
words upon a page
paragraphs give birth
Lies To MyselfAs I'm watching the screenLies To Myself6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Something wells up within my chest
I see the words
The thoughts in my head
They lie to me
To the world
I wish to destroy them
To rid myself of them
The urge swells through me
To raise my fist
To blot these evils from existence
Some sense of sanity presses on my mind
I'd left for a moment
But once again
I'm back within myself
For the moment I leave
And never return
What am IWhat am I7 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
What am I? Where did we come from? Why am I here? They are question every human has asked over the centuries. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans are capable of understanding such complex answers. Sometimes I wonder if humans now-a-days even think at all. We walk about our days mindlessly like robots programed to eat, sleep, herd around a cooler, and fuck. We reproduce an alarming rates for what? are we going extinct any time soon?
We are stuck. We claim to be such an advanced specie, but look at us. War claims our young, We fight over such simple and petty things, Our children are starving, and why? Because we are animals that can talk. Simple as that. If we where advanced as we think there would not be so much greed or anger. Suffering nor starvation. If we were, our world wouldn't be in so much chaos. Have we even evolved at all? Do we even deserve to know why we even exist?
Its like we were give a puzzle that was missing half of the peaces. This I am pondering late at night as I sit
Dominos Are FallingDominos Are FallingDominos Are Falling6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
There are sometimes we're just feeling so down low. But we look each other in the eye and say its alright. Id just wish hed see that I love him so!
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one. Everythings falling on me with no one else to lean on. Its just so damn hard!
Sometimes were just one when we get one another. I understand you and you understand me. Are we meant to be?
Once in awhile times are very hard. Thats when I look to you to be my sturdy wall. What does this all mean?
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one. Everythings falling on me with no one else to lean on. Its just so damn hard!
So when will you see what you mean to me? We can just be friends; I dont mind that at all. I just want you to know what I feel inside.
It hurts me to see you this way. Oh yes, it does. Just come along to me, so I can make you smile.
The dominos are falling and Im the very last one
Selective KnowingMy eyes are shut wide, I see my truth.Selective Knowing6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My ears are insulated, I hear my answers.
Your facts are wrong, because I disagree.
Your logic is flawed, it conflicts with mine.
I do not recall saying that, you are a liar.
I am correct, because I agree.
I am right, because it helps me.
The laws don't apply, for I don't agree.
The only thing that matters is what I believe.
LifeismsLifeismsLifeisms6 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Life is learning to speak with you mouth shut.
Life is learning how to defy gravity.
Life is walking through the drive through and running up the down escalator
Life is trying to laugh while crying and choking on tears
Life is laughing at everything, no matter how stupid
Life is expecting the unexpected
Life is horrible for a perfectionist
Life is public humiliation for the world to see
Life is a romantic comedy with a tragic yet predictable ending
Life is not fair is a redundant statement
Life is destroying the old reality and making your own
Life is faith
Life is fighting for what you believe in
Life is your own story, write it as you will
Life is the past and the past is the future
Life is preparing for the suicide self-inflected by living.
Life is saving the world even if its only in a video game.
Life is forgiving your worst enemy.
The JourneyThe Journey each of us follows,The Journey6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
we don't think of it as one
For we live day to day in our society,
Doing what our culture demands of us.
School, work, taking care of family.
We think it dull, it's not as exciting as a story.
We don't go on adventures.
But maybe they would find that boring.
Imagine if it was the norm.
The thing our society expected from us.
I wish I could accept that
that it might be boring.
traveling, fighting, seeing the world;
could that really be boring?
For The Freaks Freaks, monstrosities, abominations, the ugly people. We're everywhere. We're in your supermarket, we're in your office building, we're on your highway, we're in your religion, we're in your government.For The Freaks6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
You think we're creepy? The trichotillomaniacs, the epileptics, the autistics, the geniuses, the retarded, the nail-biters, the pacers, the addicts? The Buddhists, the nihilists, the Satanists? How about the Objectivists, the Confucianists? The artists, the politicians, the anti-social of the world, the geeks, the depressed, the manic? The Communists, the socialists, the capitalists, the anarchists, the rich, the poor, the apathetic? The Mexicans, the Chinese, the British?
We outnumber you. Your pathetic idea of normal is not at all normal to us. We are the variety in humanity, we are the color, we're the shit in your melting pot. Your delusions of being superior, at least average, are just that- delusions. Yo
RaptureHeartbeat chaos, turn my tears to sweat.Rapture6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It's stop jerk motion.
Don't find yourself yet.
Black flame halo.
Burning bloodscream wings.
I don't need a name. Just what the air sings...
Tells me all I need to know...
Sometimes it's enough
To be living fire.
There's something else to be found here...
The Phantom of Faith Charles Darwin, many years ago, and with great ridicule, suggested the evolution and metamorphosis of life. He believed that, through years of trial and error, all life forms, from humans to insects, and from plants to fungi, changed and mutated in order to survive and reproduce more beings like themselves. Any organism whose hereditary traits did not adapt to that species' specific environment, did not survive, and thus no longer exists. In one way or another, all aspects of life undergo this process of elimination, -this system of thinning the herd. Even an inadvertent eye can identify this speciation of culture throughout the course of human development. For instance, the dawn of the gasoline-fed motorcar brought forth the demise of the horse-drawn carriage, and the emergence of television retained and tamed the former rampancy of radio. Mile high sky scrapers drowned out the family farm, as thousands of disposable napkinsThe Phantom of Faith6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This