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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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intlsoupmachine

I went to bed last night
I felt at peace as usual
I had taken bath and thought
Something wonderful is sure to happen
My mind often does this
I suppose you might call me incorrigible

I see democracy working where it is allowed
I see capitalism working where practiced ethically
I see a longing for peace amid war
I see great interest in social issues
I see hope for the unemployed who are open to it
I see incarceration for pedophiles and rehabilitation for drug addicts
I see the apprehension of car bombers and potential terrorists
I see increased childhood survival rates
I see critical thinking as a defense against soul-eating media
I see friends and families coming together
Sharing their dreams
For a brighter future

I feel like a heroine in some great novel
Yesterday after work I took a walk outside
I thought about my family
How lucky we are to have our health
I thought about the dreams for our children
I thought about the world they will inherit
I thought about the importance of their educations
I thought about the toxin known as defeatism
I thought about the pessimism in our minds
I read a blog post on hopelessness
America’s great addiction
I quit complaining, and started contributing

intlsoupmachine

I went to bed last night
I felt at peace as usual
I had taken bath and thought
Something wonderful is sure to happen
My mind often does this
I suppose you might call me incorrigible

I see democracy working where it is allowed
I see capitalism working where practiced ethically
I see a longing for peace amid war
I see great interest in social issues
I see hope for the unemployed who are open to it
I see incarceration for pedophiles and rehabilitation for drug addicts
I see the apprehension of car bombers and potential terrorists
I see increased childhood survival rates
I see critical thinking as a defense against soul-eating media
I see friends and families coming together
Sharing their dreams
For a brighter future

I feel like a heroine in some great novel
Yesterday after work I took a walk outside
I thought about my family
How lucky we are to have our health
I thought about the dreams for our children
I thought about the world they will inherit
I thought about the importance of their educations
I thought about the toxin known as defeatism
I thought about the pessimism in our minds
I read a blog post on hopelessness
America’s great addiction
I quit complaining, and started contributing

Victoria

I like it. It provides a sobering, pragmatic and realistic outlook of things today. I'd prefer that rather than a delusional, 'head up in the clouds, everything is gonna work out ok', perspective. Sure, one can change the way he or she looks at things, or the way he or she chooses not to look at things, but if we are to critically analyze the current situation as is, encompassing all factors that affect our global community.... then I think both poems capture the responses perfectly. ~In Solidarity and In Peace~

Victoria

I like it. It provides a sobering, pragmatic and realistic outlook of things today. I'd prefer that rather than a delusional, 'head up in the clouds, everything is gonna work out ok', perspective. Sure, one can change the way he or she looks at things, or the way he or she chooses not to look at things, but if we are to critically analyze the current situation as is, encompassing all factors that affect our global community.... then I think both poems capture the responses perfectly. ~In Solidarity and In Peace~

Anonymous

Terrible. Absolutely awful. If Byron King spent his time doing anything other than writing melodramatic crap that actually rates worse than the angst-ridden "poetry" of your typical American teen, like say... volunteering for the Red Cross, he'd contributing infinitely more to solving the world's problems than this act of expression does.

I'm not sure what's more depressing: his vision of the world or the fact that some people are stupid enough to buy into it.

Anonymous

Terrible. Absolutely awful. If Byron King spent his time doing anything other than writing melodramatic crap that actually rates worse than the angst-ridden "poetry" of your typical American teen, like say... volunteering for the Red Cross, he'd contributing infinitely more to solving the world's problems than this act of expression does.

I'm not sure what's more depressing: his vision of the world or the fact that some people are stupid enough to buy into it.

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