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Random Poem:

human traits and their social significance
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i have understood little
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of what it is i am called to..
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become? was it?
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Irwin Edman once wrote
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during an age of prewar;
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postwar,
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that we are of natural state,
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of social significance.
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our traits define our journeys,
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and other painfully read
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quotations of that matter.
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by traits i believed he spoke
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of my daily consistency
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of drinking tea at 3 o'clock,
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or my habit of letting a
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phone ring 4 times before
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deciding to call later.
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it did not cross my mind
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that perhaps he meant something
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a great deal deeper.
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he said that man
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has been much less
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conscious and deliberate
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but was more frequently,
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moved by passion
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and by ignorance.
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Through such traits
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we have created our empire,
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our masterpieces,
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and moreover,
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our mayhem.
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I hardly wish'd to become
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a stimulant of ignorance
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yet what fool can say
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they wish to be extremely
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deliberate?
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Day by day,
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we sit in constant
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wastefulness.
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What are you doing?
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making?
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"becoming?"
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Have we lost our ages of discovery,
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of enlightenment?
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Edman says that Enthusiasm,
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is a trait which shall take you
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far in life.
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Explain to me how i
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could possibly have Enthusiasm,
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as i look upon a society
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of wreckage.
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a society of corrupt children,
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burnt books,
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ignorant scholars.
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a society of over development,
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of counter-clock-wise virtues,
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and endless sin.
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What is there to "become"
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in this world of waste?
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I hardly wish to become
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"apart" of this,
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to add to the fabrication
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of destruction.
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Shall i teach,
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to children who refuse to
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comprehend the lessons
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of history?
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Shall i heal,
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for people who daily
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take for granted every
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breath they have
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been generously given?
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Shall i create,
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with the belief that my
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creations shall be
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trampled upon by
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future generation,
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just as we have trampled
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upon the gifts
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of our ancestors?
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Some have told me
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that i possess a great deal
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of negativity,
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they tell me i shall never
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make anything useful
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of my time.
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Though they are false,
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for i have chosen a path;
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I believe i shall write,
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in the hopes that
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someday, someone,
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shall read and realize
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what it is we have
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truly "become".
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