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spacer.gif   JANE
Posted by : cj on Saturday, December 04, 2004 - 01:07 AM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name .
new America

yes, i live in the new america
where there is a crazy on the corner
holding a gun
and somebody’s calling 911
even though we all know they won’t come
until its too late

yes, i live in the new america
where kids play in abandoned parking lots
shooting pigeons with beebee shot
sucking on raw ramen for lunch
greeting perfect strangers with a punch
in the gut
calling women slut
flipping you off and not giving a fuck

yes, i live in the new america
where going out to eat means taco bell
made in indonesia and china products
line our shelves
everything wreaks of sex
because that’s what sells
our women into objectified media slavery
owned and operated by empty wishing wells

yes, i live in the new america
a blessed out, medicated utopia
where we acknowledge emptiness
with the same degree of seriousness as frutopia
gorging ourselves on hours of reality tv
playing violent video games
and putting porn under our Christmas trees

yes, i live in the new america
the classic henry miller version
where American is the most
boring monotonous fabric of life’s diversion
theme parks full of overwrought sensitivity
crying out against criticism and
marching troops against the world’s infidelities

yes, i live in the new america
as beautiful as a pretty postcard
as ugly as the war being fought
in iraq by the national guard
as beautiful as a black picket fence
with a pretty white backyard
as ugly as that ghetto gangsta
and his posse of delinquent retards

yes, i live in the new america
where the bare concrete slabs of city streets
reflect the stark personalities
of a sterile world that overeats
in a paradise lost
where compassion died on the cross
filling 3,000 churches
in the heartland of homeless angels and gods

yes, i live in the new america
where the religious merger of the
Christian Omnipotent Neogolistic Government Reich and the Ectomorphic Semi-democratic Society
is to lobby the god of oil for mercy and piety
imams can now run for pope
rabbis no longer need to dress in black cloaks
mohammad and jesus have become equal partners in counting votes

yes, i live in the new america
where an unrehearsed preamble to revolution
is all about same sex marriage as an institution
of existential optimistic de-evolution
that is nihilism
that is the new american—ism

yes, i live in the new america
where profits decoy
into bullet holes and bombshells
double value meals
triple bypass, half empty glass
free prozac at the pump
where we fill up with gas

yes, i live in the new america
built on the backs of natives and slaves
where freedom is incarcerated
where we suffocate
rather than allow the mind to escape
refusing to allow us to embrace
the divine chaos
that rests in each of us
even if dormant and innate

yes, i live in the new america
where its my constitutional right to say whatever i damn well please
even if it gets your panties all up in a tease
and makes you question your alleige –ance
makes you wonder how much longer you want to dance
with this devil disguised as a rebel
marching to a higher pitched treble
lifting you up to my outspoken level

yes, i live in the new america
where it costs too much to live
in sentimental cabins
mass produced for uniqueness
so i am homeless
but not helpless
penniless but not moral-less
rotten but odorless
unfocused but not hopeless

living in the new
america
am
i

please send aid

Note: JANE is the author of REDISFORREBELLION and is the host of the Friday night Eargasm venue at Leila Jane's.

 
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