Prose - What Am I Supposed To Believe?

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Once again
History is buried
As fragile scraps record
How we varied
From truth
To lies
Guiding us all
To our demise
The enemy
Is sent to the grave
Yet honesty
Can only wave
Sneering
At what I believe
Asking how can it be
That I am so naïve?
Why do you accept
Everything you read?
The world is dying
Over mankind’s greed
Do you have the mind for this?
Then let me begin
Hear what I say
The enemy is within
Know their intentions
Discover their mind
Study their words
In them you will find
The root of your fears
The chamber for the bullet
The conspiracy to steal
Money from your wallet
If you will only see
The daily symptoms
Explode all around
With self-righteous rhythms
As your great country
Has begun to rot
Along with the ideals
That someone forgot
They know you
And how you live
How you wish to please your God
They count on you to forgive
They use fear of retribution
From your creator
On rapturous wave
They make you a hater
Do you worship
God, man or the flag?
Do you even know
Which end will wag?
The living
Give the account
Exalting their quest
From atop the mount
The dead
Unable to testify
Gasping from below
Unable to tell you why
You are deceived
From birth to dust
Your destiny given away
As in evil we trust
How can mankind be free
When a nation cannot turn the other cheek?
Killing is so easy
Is revenge all that we seek?
Yet you pray
And demand moral leadership
The good book your master
Brandished like a whip
And who do we forgive?
Our enemy?
Our leader?
The questions are many
Shall we drown everyone
With a boiling mixture from the melting pot?
Demanding obedience
We say follow us or be shot!
Yes honesty waves
A cynical hand
As we continue
To plunder another man’s land
Say what you will
I don’t care anymore
Greed's insatiable dance
Is not my war
Dig up the graves
Ask the hard questions
Why are you here?
What are the lessons?
The dead speak no more
The cheers grow louder
Many more will die
Who will light the powder?
Will it be you?
Will you give vicarious approval?
You will feel the fire
Of your soul's removal
Yes history has been buried
And so too my peace of mind
Can all those who love
Live in a world so unkind?


COPYRIGHT 2011. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MARK LECUONA AKA THE SUBURBAN POET


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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Niccccccce!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@cherrycrime - Thank you!

I went to a small Italian eatery at lunch today and mentioned to the owner how the news was always bad. the TV was showing the story about the latest bombing in Pakistan and the owner asked me, "Can I speak freely to you?" I said yes and in his thick Sicilian accent he said, "There is a word that we Sicilians use for all of this.... it's bullshit." I laughed and said, "Texans use the same word man..." He looked at me with very serious eyes and asked, "Do you really believe bin Laden is dead?" He kind of smirked when I said, "Uh, yes... I guess so..."

And the poem was born....


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub, so very clever but also very naturally written.

I always find it so interesting how we all find inspiration to a particular hub.

Our inspirations can come form anywhere, and I am glad that you found the inspiration to write this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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christiansister 5 years ago

Dear Poet,

Your words are full of truth for the seeing. And your heartbreak is shared by a few. I love your style and I have received comfort.

Too bad I am not closer I would really love to have a true discussion with you. Please do not get too bogged down in it all. I took your advice and took a deep, deep breath.

Now, many things are brewing but have yet to make it to word. Please keep your heart guarded and your words flowing.

You truly are a presence in this life. Find the key to your prison. So that you do not abandon it, but can escape it at times when you must.

I love you mighty. And there is a point and reason. However elusive it may seem. It is there.

In Peace and Love Always.....:)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

While reading this piece, i thought oh how true. How can we as a nation justify wars? Why do so many hate our country? Why are there so many different religions? There is only one God. So much to ponder, yet, it's important to be happy as we travel through this life..so i let God take care of the world events and hope that people will see that wars and injustice only brings more pain and never solves anything.. Take care, be happy.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very well said. I loved that it is in a poem. I read your comment to cherry and it is interesting. Every event an opportunity to write about. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this. Growing up I had often asked these same questions-how twisted our 'history' is and how one sided. It is of course important to defend when necessary. I am all for that. But, I have never been able to justify the unkindness of people's actions against each other-assaults on the heart.


mckbirdbks 5 years ago

You are a conductor of words

You gather the orchestra

And command them

to play your tune


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Eiddwen - Thank you. Yes, there is inspiration everywhere if you are receptive. It just drops in your lap. But I have to admit I avoided that restaurant today because I didn't want to talk about it with that guy! I write so I can find a release. It's not to advertise an obsession... you know?

I'm trying to decide if I should print it off and give it to him... maybe I'll get some free Canaloni or that piece of Baklava I've been lusting over!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

By all means share it with him, even if he doesn't 'get it' and regardless of the Canoloni, LOL

I had an experience with a stranger in an airport at Christmas who was kind enough to help me out and I wrote about it in: The Kindness of a Stranger (and also, Travel Woes). I sent him a copy.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Christiansister - thank you for commenting and the very kind words. Like I told Eiddwen I'm just trying to release myself through words; yes I am frustrated and saddened by world events but I am powerless so I tell you my thoughts here. I'm a happy person and I appreciate the concern you've shown. It would be great to discuss these things with you.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always - thanks for your nice comment and support of my view on this. The violence never seems to end. The soldiers continue to die. I agree it is important to be happy in this life and not become despondent over these things but I will probably speak out more in the future.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm glad that you write from your heart..What you have to say is important. When you speak out, people will listen.

Cheers


JadedLove 5 years ago

Words of wisdom and a beauty seen in your heart. i must say i am not one to please my God, but my wife and myself. Our Goddess loves this about me. i think.


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susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

I loved your poem. I usually don't watch the news, choosing to focus on what's lovely in life, despite that usual bent, I read your poem beginning to end. Even with a heavy heart at reading the truth in your poem, I truly enjoyed it. Thank you


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Denise - thank you for commenting. I am not trying to sound unpatriotic but we I pray for less bloodshed and more peace... we always seem to be in the middle of it. Why is that?

I will show him the poem. I've written several others that were inspired by people I know. Everytime it made them very happy...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@mckbirdbks - first I must say I always have the hardest time typing in your name... it's a type-twister! Thank you for what you said. It makes me very happy. It's as simple as that.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always - when you speak from the heart people know it. That to me is the secret of communication. Use your passion. I am finding that more and more people are thinking like I do about world events so I will continue to write as I do. Besides... how easy as compared to walking with MLK long ago... that took real courage.... I'm just some guy out here blowing off steam.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@JadedLove - thank you for commenting. I'm surprised you found the time. You have been incredibly prolific lately. God references do not have to be taken literally. There is a standard for human decency and whether you ascribe it to revealed truth from a silent diety or the consensus of rational thinking by mere mortals, it's a matter of identifying it and living by it.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@susiebrown - Thank you for commenting. I think you may be wiser than I in that you spend your precious time not agonizing over things that cannot be controlled. I feel connected to life when I allow myself to dwell on the bad. I guess I have a need for it; I do not have the answers nor do I know why it has gripped me at this time of my life but it is who I am....


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Yes, The Suburban Poet, I hear you. We supposedly live in free, democratic countries, yet those who control the media and advertsing and dictate what we are supposed to think and feel are the dictators, we are merely sheep. And what motivates them, yep, its greed, always. Greed for power, greed for wealth. Thank you for your insight.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Fennelseed - thank you for commenting. It's an old complaint I guess but the more media outlets there are the more information we receive. Is this good or bad? It's hard to say but in theory the truth is in the mix somewhere. You just have to read as many sources from all sides of the table and see if there is a common thread.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

You said it all! I am very grateful not all people is blind. Great work, Sir. This is truly important poem to be share and I will share it at my facebook and tweeter. ^^


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Suburban Poet , sometimes I wonder if anyone else thinks like me , and today with your words before me , I see that you have spoken for many of us! I think you have a great mind and heart......Thanks for this..Ed


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Freya - Hello! Thank you for commenting. I am very happy that you are sharing this poem (or anything of mine for that matter). It is a huge honor for me. I am humbled. I think it is a simple matter of not being brainwashed. Not everything is as it seems or as we wish it to be. I hope to continue to write in this vein. Take care of yourself.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

ahorseback - howdy man... Itruly appreciate everything you say. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about life. As John Lennon said, "You may say that I'm a dreamer; well I'm not the only one." Can we not dream of a better world? Can we not speak out against atrocities? Can we not speak out against leaders on all sides who are corrupt and are manipulating the little people? I wonder what is truth and what are lies. In the end it is hard to accept "the official version" of the story.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Amazing... we are naïve. But, how do we sort that out? In order to know who are enemy is we have to believe something someone says... round and round it goes! UGH.... Thanks so much for your poem! Beautiful.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Angela - Thank you for commenting and following. There is so much we hear from the media yet I wonder what is truth?


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Exactlly, and the media presents everything as they want us to see it. Everytime I have ever been interview the writter already knew what they wanted to say and took clips of what I said to work it into their story!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Angela - That's pretty dishonest eh? So many people are operating with an agenda that the truth is completely lost. Everyone is struggling for their niche and do not care about anything else. They will support something that is wrong if it means their agenda will benefit.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Yes or just take the easiest fastest approach... lose integrity!

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