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A World-Wide One

by Lori Blair

He found their lines to be a fable
a thousand souls set to save him
but with eyes filled from butterflies
his anguish was from hunger
than all that was being read
and as the priest said go in peace
this juvenile ate the earth

but so then why go home most reposed
traded duties at the door
but as the dusk shades the bedpost
we turned from One
to Us and Them

The president said there'd be jobs
true, as the press had cited him
and oh how the crowd conceieved him
a man of peace who'd save 'em
there was hope where none had been
except many didn't keep
their families or their homes


but so then why go home most reposed
traded duties at the door
but as the dusk shades the bedpost
we turned from One
to Us and Them

They say if you cast your vote
on the crude boding elect
you're vote will count irrespective
but the truth is no simple fix
to languish your wish on blowballs
never knowing that a rose
is just an optical toy

but so then why go home most reposed
traded duties at the door
but as the dusk shades the bedpost
we turned from One
to Us and Them

They said there is much freedom
In this home-made America
we close our eyes inside the times
as they grope the elders and children
it's the toll of terrorism
that's what they've told us to uphold
an immunity to duty

but so then why go home most reposed
traded duties at the door
but as the dusk shades the bedpost
we turned from One
to Us and Them

She killed her children on a sunday
irregardless of her life
and the news was all A buzzing
as we were sleeping in the haze
but the sheep have begged to waaake
cuz why else would we care to watch her
and the horrors that they say?


but so then why go home most reposed
traded duties at the door
but as the dusk shades the bedpost
we turned from One
to Us and Them

and so please tell me why oh why
I went home most reposed
traded my duties at the door
while the dusk shaded my bedpost thin
I turned from One...then
to Us and Them

and so please tell me now..

Can't we be

A World-Wide State

And Not a Shame?

10/11/2011

Posted on 10/11/2011
Copyright © 2021 Lori Blair

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mo Couts on 10/12/11 at 09:17 AM

Your last line absolutely stopped me in my tracks. Sad poem, with so much beauty due to the weight of it's truth. Nicely done.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 10/12/11 at 01:10 PM

... excellent.....

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 10/12/11 at 01:39 PM

Timely and intelligent! Nice to see you writing Lori!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 10/12/11 at 02:54 PM

...LOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIII !!!!!! I am a-grin from seeing your name, love you, missed you annnnnd missed you[r] posts...this was more than a Ginsberg-Dylan marriage. a heavy rightous write.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 10/12/11 at 09:55 PM

The way this builds to a voice that almost comes off like a whisper is just brilliant.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/13/11 at 02:04 AM

Certainly captures the social spirit of our times. Not only in America, but Canada, and the rest of the world too. Good to read you again Lori, and continued success with your writing. :)

Posted by James Zealy on 10/13/11 at 03:30 AM

At your lyrical best, You tone is this even in social commentary. There is music that plays notes and delivers such honesty in a way that has us singing like Woody Guthrie. Thanks again Lori.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 10/19/11 at 01:47 AM

Your aim is true as ever. Delighted. Thanks.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/19/11 at 02:52 AM

This rings with sad contemporary truths; you do not let us or yourself off the hook here, Lori. I like this challenge given, the refrain's needling us in a new direction. Great to read you again.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/19/11 at 06:19 PM

Challenging commentary on our times. Well, this nation (USA) has so turned from the ONE, and we have been left in a terrible confusion! World-wide state will come but at a terrible cost to freedom I believe.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/04/11 at 01:55 PM

the tragedy and the topic and scope of where we all are dwelling at present was never in better hands to relay gently to our eyes. such as is your gift moving along and scrolling down the papyrus offers us all hope, that we shall as well dwell in the morrow as in the now.

Posted by Ronald A Pavellas on 11/27/11 at 02:55 AM

I am learning from your poetry.

Posted by Bertram Sparagmos on 10/20/12 at 03:32 PM

The constant pull of the human nature between rugged, selfish individualism and emotional, thinking pack animal reflects itself in society as well. The tone, pace, and choice of subject matter to express the 'thesis' was great.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/27/13 at 03:50 PM

Really fine to read this one again. Congrats on POTD!

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