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Red Pill - Blue Pill

Yesterday after work I lay in the dark.
Red Pill - Blue Pill

I woke up today.

I felt nauseated as usual.

I took a shower and thought

Something horrible is going to happen.

My mind doesn’t do that usually.

But I don’t feel things are correctable.

Right Wing - Left Wing

I don’t see democracy working.

I don’t see capitalism working.

I don’t see our culture working.

I see the infighting and culture wars.

I see continual fights on social issues.

I see no hope for the unemployed.

I see no hope for the middle class.

I see pedophiles and drug addicts.

I see car bombings and terrorist attacks.

I see spree killings.

I see reality TV eating our souls.

I see friends and families giving up.

Lonely Woman

Elina Brotherus, Le Printemps, 2001, from the series The New Painting, elinabrotherus.com

Giving up on their dreams.

Not remembering when they had any.

I feel like I’m in a movie.

Yesterday after work I lay in the dark.

I thought about my family.

I thought about all the illnesses we have.

I thought about the dreams for our children.

I thought about the world they will inherit.

I thought about the cost of their educations.

I thought about the toxins in the water.

I thought about the crime on the streets.

I watched a show about the drug trade.

I thought about America’s addictions.

I thought about America’s depression and anxiety.

— Byron King

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Anonymous

This is overbearing sadness. Progress can't be brought from such a defeatist. I too, can enter these mindsets and fight by the day and hour against them. Unless this piece is followed by a wonderment of beauty and random interaction, I don't see a much merit here.

Anonymous

This is overbearing sadness. Progress can't be brought from such a defeatist. I too, can enter these mindsets and fight by the day and hour against them. Unless this piece is followed by a wonderment of beauty and random interaction, I don't see a much merit here.

drowninginthedays

It may be jumping the gun to call someone a defeatist because they wrote a depressing poem. It's about their thoughts, and what they see; not about what they're doing. We don't know what this person does, or thinks about at other times. It's a snapshot of some thoughts, and aren't we allowed to have thoughts without being labeled immediately?

drowninginthedays

It may be jumping the gun to call someone a defeatist because they wrote a depressing poem. It's about their thoughts, and what they see; not about what they're doing. We don't know what this person does, or thinks about at other times. It's a snapshot of some thoughts, and aren't we allowed to have thoughts without being labeled immediately?

Anonymous

For the American Indians, the conveniences brought by the burgeoning white Americans was "the beginning of survival, and the end of living." They once had mythologies that gave them a relationship with the natural world that they were a part of. What do we have today?
Things. We are consumers. We people have amazing attributes that have taken us to shape our world and it is inevitable that we would have done so. We can still do this, but as a secondary part of our existence.
Many of us "survive" as consumers, but until the primary reason for us to chug along on our little planet is to experience the mystery that is our very existence, we will never "live".

Anonymous

For the American Indians, the conveniences brought by the burgeoning white Americans was "the beginning of survival, and the end of living." They once had mythologies that gave them a relationship with the natural world that they were a part of. What do we have today?
Things. We are consumers. We people have amazing attributes that have taken us to shape our world and it is inevitable that we would have done so. We can still do this, but as a secondary part of our existence.
Many of us "survive" as consumers, but until the primary reason for us to chug along on our little planet is to experience the mystery that is our very existence, we will never "live".

Laurajhl

The middle school principal says "and the students come to school happy every day."

I actually went up to the principal and in a very polite voice shared with him that if someone was happy every day they would be missing out on life. Sadness does not equal bad. Sadness has a rich depth. This poem speaks from this depth. As we learn to feel and appreciate sadness we begin to connect with our core. As we connect to core, we live.

Laurajhl

The middle school principal says "and the students come to school happy every day."

I actually went up to the principal and in a very polite voice shared with him that if someone was happy every day they would be missing out on life. Sadness does not equal bad. Sadness has a rich depth. This poem speaks from this depth. As we learn to feel and appreciate sadness we begin to connect with our core. As we connect to core, we live.

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