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Paths of Death

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We often feel we have

A passionate few verses about the way we live in our modern world, in words both cynical and hopeful...

Venal flawed existence

flouting

preconceived verbalizations...

No thought to language or

aspiration to meaning,

all yearning for truth adulterated--

politicized--

on Benches of Greed.

Where are the heroes?

Oh, let me sing you.

Do not fling yourself on the altar of

your conscience's death:

mind sacrificed to paltry truths,

enunciations carrying the weight of tin.

Flap not on empty windows

or abandoned domiciles

of Mind-Once-Given

then dubiously re-gifted

to Purveyors of Delusion...

those Butchers of Truth who

bleed their fare

over civilization's thin veneer.

Run from the blade to

find your heart

away

from Paths of Death.



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By master of none on October 29, 2010 at 06:48 am

A rally cry! Great piece.

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By Lynda Lehmann on October 29, 2010 at 07:00 am

Thank you, master of none. I told you I was feeling frustrated, too. I guess most of us are!

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By Lynda Lehmann on October 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

Cher, thank you for your feedback and encouragement! I know I'm wordy and I always feel intimidated, posting my poems.

It is a tragedy that so many of us feel this way. How can we create change?

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By Lynda Lehmann on October 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

Cher, thank you for your feedback and encouragement! I know I'm wordy and I always feel intimidated, posting my poems.

It is a tragedy that so many of us feel this way. How can we create change?

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By Frank - icare2be on October 29, 2010 at 07:38 pm

This is a very well written and timely piece. I read all the same thoughts I have had over the past few months listening to and investigating the truths of political ads on television. I especially "Yearn for truth unadultrated."

I have asked your question about creating change myself. I have no answer. I am forever hopeful...

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By Lynda Lehmann on October 30, 2010 at 08:12 pm

Hi Frank. I too, am hopeful, but with such multiplicity in our society and in the world at large, to investigate even one issue is a daunting task. It takes a long time--months, at least--to get to know enough about an issue to make some kind of sound judgement. This is not to say we shouldn't continue trying to do so. But with so many sources and voices, and so much of it dishonest and politically motivated, it's hard to get a take on things.

If we limit ourselves to a few issues so that we have more time to look into them, then we become biased by lack of perspective--by virtue of all the OTHER issues we haven't been addressing. There are always all those pesky contingencies.

I'm often overwhelmed. Hence, the poem/rant.

I will never give up on the world, but sometimes I just have to scream. I DO believe in grass-roots action and advocacy, but that too is a difficult path that may preclude other pursuits. :(

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By Lynda Lehmann on November 01, 2010 at 08:17 am

Hi Melody. I'm grateful to you for reading it and leaving me some feedback. I can only hope that it makes some sense while having some emotional impact.

Have a great day!

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