POETRY PAGE SEVEN
COLUMN FIFTY-FIVE, JANUARY 1, 2001
(Copyright © 2001 Al Aronowitz)
of ginsberg(lookin at america from the outside)
what have you become?
A nation that is used to death?
I'm not used to this lack of empathy
A million cadavers, building up
On your freeways and schools
You've become so great
That you kill each other
But never with intent right?
Your priorities seem so wrong
Genocidal Billionaires walk free
While your innocent are locked away
Are you really great?
Do you have the answers to this century?
America, will it get worse or better?
Does this november matter?
Yet i still embrace your borders
Because you've spawned special brothers
And sisters of incredible compassion
For that reason alone
I continue to beat upon your shores
Searching for forgotten friends
Or ghostly heroes
Someone who can explain your void
The thing that scares me America
Is that you have built up belief
Inside some citizens
That you are glorious
Now some can't see any other way
And bigs only scary when it's not on your side eh?
Won't this make it worse?
Your highways of technology
And your cities of immense pretense
Have trampled on our souls
And now there's no other way
Are your eyes blind?
Has your brain shut off?
From the impending collision of culture
You yourself have bred
Alienated too many brothers and sisters
who create their own intelligence
Yet they have on supreme difference
They got their bellies full on love
While you turned away
And gave head to the green monster
anticipate your flowery end
As the angels of such special places
Kaua`i, Sedona and Mt Shaster
In future days will come
And clean up the fucking mess
That was left by all the scum
And one thing you can't control
Is the way the wind blows
But I love you as I love the world
Let me seek refuge in your schools
Shelter me from tornadoes in my soul
And we can once again build up
The foundations of Freedom
That we all need
Some have it
But far too few ##
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