|the personalities of an I-beam
the personalities of an I-beam,
souls of ketchup,
voices like glass eyes - -
the people of my country
and they don't even realize it.
i blame the
supercilious eye of
the twenty-first century
for the masses.
killed off god and
replaced him with syllogism
but forgot about soul.
science explains the
of your heart,
of its muscle tissue,
the pathways of energy
keeping it going.
but it does not
and cannot explain
that set it beating,
the day and time
it will stop,
and more importantly
how you should live life
we need someone
to emerge out of this
and turn the microscope
back on science,
we need voltaire
and socrates - -
someone to give fire
to the flesh,
color and life
back to the blood,
a reason to
get out of our cars
drop the cell phones
looking each other
in the eye.
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looks like fractal core's work
no it doesn't.
thanks for reading...
i think the end needs a little more pop.
i absolutely love this one
thanks for reading.
ey, justin! this is another one of your gems.
i'm flattered to be mistaken for you, man.
you did a good job on this one.
oh btw, you're one othe great poets i paid
tribute to in one of my latest attempts at poetry.
thank you for your excellent writings.
thanks for reading and the kind words.
this is obvious.
the problem with justin's philosophy is he actually thinks there was a state when we were free.
each historical period has come up with the same questions. each period has it's own way of enslaving the populace.
technology, science are the secular gods for some these days but no grand theory can ever explain one's personal life questions.
this will always be the issue most likely unless science etc could make us live forever. then these grand questions will be made less relevant.
I have a style to compare to?
I'm flattered, surely.
you're a celebrity.
that must make your stomach turn.
(political freedom has nothing to do with personal freedom. we are dead. where are the revolutionaries we ache for? in the oil probably.)
thanks for reading.
st: "the problem with justin's philosophy is he actually thinks there was a state when we were free." my philosophy is nowhere near that Pollyanna. we could parse the operational definition of ‘free’ Ad infinitum - - but we are not free, never have been… but now that religion is flotsam and jetsam, the herd does not have a source of moral bearing… what, in my opinion, the united states in particular – could use is some sort of secular rubric for what they should be doing with their lives, I am not the one to give it to them.
“each historical period has come up with the same questions. each period has it's own way of enslaving the populace.” that is obvious, painfully superfluous.
“no grand theory can ever explain one's personal life questions.” I agree with you there… and thus enter the existentialists, each of us a universe creating reality…
“science etc could make us live forever. then these grand questions will be made less relevant.” if science ever makes us live forever each and every one of us will find a way to commit suicide at some point.
a: there might yet be a Voltaire setting his feet.
have you ever been to other countries outside of usa to see that non americans are not in a frenzy over a lack of religious presence in their life or desperate for a source of direction?
obama will save us from
I like this. I like the debate it has opened up too.
I take on board st3nt's point about other countries. But he/she can only speak for him/herself, not for all the other countries outside of the US. Show me the individual who isn't in need of some sort of guidance or direction in life? These are unique times, in spite of the fact that there are echoes with the past. No-one, regardless of where they live, can remain complacent about the speed of change - some things being lost need to be held on to or reinvented, and quickly!
Keep writing like this justin. Your passionate point of view is appreciated.
this seems pedantic, and not much like poetry to me. i'm probably missing something but I'm not spending more of my time reading it again. Science has done a far better job of explaining the spark of life than religion. Amoebas and viruses are alive too. Religion is silent on the subject of their life. this seems to be written by someone who fundamentally misunderstands science.
this is a simplistic poem from a mindset that has little sense of how stupid humans have been whether in the company of science or not.
it is not as if pre enlightenment humans were any more better. the fact is the prescription for how we live our lives is debatable and will continue to be so.