A Poetic Conspiracy

President Nixon in Bangkok, Thailand in 1969.
President Nixon in Bangkok, Thailand in 1969. | Source

Vice or verse-a
it's all the same
because you came
I saw the light
the freedom of flight

I felt your compassion
I felt your pain
I felt the rain
wash down your face
wash down this page

You asked me what I feared most
my secret words
I feared you
my Holy Ghost

I gave you my words
to set you free
not knowing
the prisoner
was really me

Parallel City of Angels
Bangkok and LA
I orbit your world
with keywords like Vietnam
and Confession
a lasting impression

Knowing that my words were
lost at the gate
in this endless debate
where collateral damage
is just a part of war
nothing more.

Where the truth is a lie
and peace
less profit
the war must go on
just change the

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Vinaya Ghimire profile image

Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I felt your compassion

I felt your pain

I felt the rain

These lines hit me most, I felt all this today.

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Should I quote Forest Gump to complement the last stanza. My hope is it may be appropriate. I'll ponder and return most likely again this day not once, for sure. Thank you!

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what happened was considered as the greatest cover up in history because his choices were unpopular, he was the mirror of the spirit of his time...a zeitgeist...

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ahorseback 5 years ago


Wow , What image making these words do ! awesome ...:-}

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Deep, poem! Yep, really deep.

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epigramman 5 years ago

....you have received great comments here and your excellent writing is so worthy of each and every one of them - you have the heart of a poet (may be a cliche but it's true; the mind of an academic and the soul and passion of a world traveler - sometimes one has to be physically in a place and time in order to appreciate the unfolding events) ....and yes I so much admire you.

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Wow..that was good...really, really good. Your last paragraph (um...poem...uh...stanza then)shines a light on the reality of conflict...it must go on...and money is always made is it not? Excellent job! All the Ups got voted by me. Tho...I didn't vote for Nixon.

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molometer 5 years ago

Holy mackerel what a scorcher. So much power in so few words. I commend you.

Voted up and shared

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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Excellent work. Tight, emotionally taut, to the point. Impressive. I look forward to following your work.

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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

A lot of wordsmiths have read your words and voted wisely indeed. Thanks for the excellent share molometer, one that enabled me to appreciate a talent that has clearly been zooming around out there in that blatisphere where so many aspire to be, for some time. Excellent writing.. take care.

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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

Thank you for your kind comment. I can see much talent in your writing just from reading your comment.

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

'Let's skip the pain this time'... this I must read... there on page 95... are the wings of one's wisdom... forever flying higher than page 93 and those of us who stand mesmerized by the shadow cast... This is such an excellent work Prisana... Love the rhythm of these wings! Thank you for the experience... take care.. PD

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

The picture is mine, but the words belong to James Riordan. Thanks PD...I finally have the courage to really put everything out there...no fear...well maybe some fear...learning to embrace the pain and joy and all...kids are bugging me to eat dinner.

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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Very nicely done. I really appreciate work such as this. Thanks.

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Micky Dee 3 years ago

I had to have another read. God bless.

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