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The Eclectic Pen - Keep A Journal

By: Amy P. (amysedai)   + 2 more  
Date Submitted: 7/24/2007
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 277

  "Keep a journal," she says.
Yes, well I read some poetry then I write some poetry
I read some Sylvia Plath and then some Adrienne Rich
And she reminds me of Ani D.
Or maybe the recollection - the atlas of a troubled world
Ani's 9-11 poem - plus Steinbeck

She reminds me of Steinbeck
Talking so much about agriculture and the coast
Artichokes and oceans
Ani would be The Grapes of Wrath
along with Rage Against the Machine
"The Ghost of Tom Joad" and the Indigo Girls
whose album had to be censored this year
They must have said something too angry or true
for the straight, white children to hear.

Shame on them...oh, the "f" word
Cartman says, "It's just a word, b***h."
The "f" word, - well, it's harmless
Like a bullet with no gun
No harm, no fun
Words can be weapons
Like a war within a breath, a mark on a page
A scene and a stage
Words might wound like words might kill
And even in death they won't lie still.

I am struck by these thoughts
Surging forward to join the stream of disjointed consciousness
That courses through pounding muscle
Feeding the buzz of electrochemical activity
That sustains the biology
That is the subject and the object
of all this awe and wonder
The lover and the beloved
Thinker of these thoughts
that wake me up at night
Sit me up and send me shivering
out to look at the frosting night sky

The only true culture shock
Would be to remove the culture block

Whatever we do, it might be too late
To undo this undoing
To unlearn this hate
To reverse the process
To unalienate
To undivide and unsubtract
To uncombine
And to unreact.

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Silvercat - - 7/24/2007 3:12 PM ET
Marta J. (booksnob) - 7/24/2007 4:17 PM ET
Wow, Amy. You need to read this on "Def Poetry Jam"! I love the intertwining of the "pop" references. Really good.
IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 7/25/2007 7:17 PM ET
Jennifer S. (dolphinlover1980) - 7/29/2007 11:33 AM ET
I thought this was good
Sabiel C. (sabu423) - 7/30/2007 2:28 PM ET
love it
Lena S. (SquirrelNutkin) - 8/5/2007 8:55 AM ET
You are a truly gifted and amazing writer Amy....I admire your talent.
Bethany M. (psuchick402) - 8/9/2007 10:28 AM ET
Wow, that is amazing! Wonderful poem.
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