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A Bad Dream in Reality

Updated on September 18, 2015
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Standing alone in a sea of lies

In the midst of gangs of opulent eyes,

Hitting the remote in the game of life

Screaming your own tirades that cut like a knife.


The same vicious cycle with the daily commute

Tossing that cigarette butt in gutters with chemicals enroute

While sucking a hard candy made of bacon grease,

Let’s have another, the taste sure to please.


Putting down your life to the bearded prince

Simply due to the common experience

Smile and say your prayers to the office chief

Who really is the most wayward emotional thief.


Candidates from a risqué dream steal your sense,

Paychecks in the sewers badly represents

The American dream that used to be

From life that was taxed to a guarantee.


Now it has come down to do unto others

Before you offend your snake eyed brothers,

While Mother Earth shudders in disbelief

Catching your other hand pocketing the beggar’s relief.


Reaching for the cold coffee in styrofoam trash

Which lands in the creek with barely a splash,

While considering pink slime from the golden arches

Where doctors stay on alert and greed inevitably marches.


Man’s inhumanity to man is a daily vigil

Through thoughtlessness and placid religion,

Yet save my pennies and let the elephants die

To make a choice with demand and supply.


I cannot awaken no matter how I try,

Tossing and turning while the tax man applies

A vice to the head and makes me write bad checks

And Tyson villifies those sadly red necks.


When horror then lets me breathe again

I don my sanity to escape for the weekend,

To a land of beauty where nature is free

Where I might gain morals as a temporary escapee.

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, swalia. It is my true home!

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      Shaloo Walia 17 months ago

      Taking refuge in nature away from the clutches of this materialistic world...Wish I could do that often!

      Beautifully written.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Isn't that the truth, Brian? You understood exactly what I meant.

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      B Brian Hill 20 months ago

      A deeply felt sentiment! I just wonder why so many of this who feel this way that you have captured so accurately, can't take over the world and start to run it like it should be run. Very gripping couplets with your images and emotions.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Patricia. I'm glad that my little take on things has been so well received.

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      Patricia Scott 20 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Deb

      What a way to begin my morning....this is a poem that each of us should read and reread and begs to be shared with others...outstanding

      Angels on the way to you this morning ps

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Dear Faith, and this was just off the top o' me 'ead!

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      This poem may very well be one of the best poems I've read on HP! What a powerfully packed message you tell here in your brilliant poem.

      Sharing everywhere

      Keep writing these gems

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You bet I will, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      Hold a spot for me :)

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Frank! Thanks so much for reading. Now, all I need to do is try to change the world in my own simple fashion./ Come to the lake with me?

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      wow, wonderfully drawn, well written.. and the poem gets better and better as you read along..awesome :)

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Yes, we all need a break from the world once in a while. I try to take mine as often as possible.

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      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      That was amazing, and so true! time to take a breath and go out in nature, we can all relate to the hustle and bustle and worse, wonderful!

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, my dear manatita. The weekend has been excellent thus far, and the bad weather passed to allow me passage to the lake and its tributary.

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      "I don my sanity to escape for the weekend,

      To a land of beauty where nature is free."

      Vividly expressed. We all need some form of 'escape' plan and I like your quote expressing this. Much clarity and observation in your poem, Deb. Have a continued great weekend.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for stopping by, Gypsy Rose Lee.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderfully done.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sha, I am so thankful for mine, and I hope that many others have such a priceless respite.

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      Deb, you blow me away with your poetry. You've wrapped up what's happening to our world in a nutshell. Thankfully, we still have special places that set our hearts and minds free.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully done.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Missy! Glad that you like this. Over the past decade at least, so many people have become apathetic, and with the way that the government is not caring for us through the FDA, lack of quality presidential candidates, and the huge profits in certain industries, I have had it up to here(crossing neck). I entered a contest to have dinner with Hillary Clinton, and I hope that I win. Not only will I tout myself as someone that should run the US Fish and Wildlife Service, I have a few other things on my mind, as you know. Thanks for the shares, as awareness will only empower and educate us all.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Oh Wow! Just Wow! I absolutely love all the truth in this poem. You are really a great poet, writer, photographer of those beautiful birds. Again aviannovice, you truly inspire me! I agree with Jodah. This is one of my favorites also. :) I am so sharing on all social media sites!!

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Ms. Dora. With the flick of a remote, I can also be at my beloved Boomer Lake. Thanks for reading.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      I am impressed by your metaphor "the remote in the game of life." We can create those temporary escapes with just a mental click. Good work!

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nature will remain free in many parts of the world, but if it loses ground, each state will capitalize upon it. Save that land, especially those fruit trees, which will provide nest space and sustenance.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, perspy! Glad that you were able to see it in the Land of Nod and Odd's Bodkins.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Audrey! Thanks so much. This relates to a wide range of subjects and I think will fit in everyone's world.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, juneakid. I thought that others might feel the same, and it seems that they really do.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, janshares! This actually hit me in the night, so I had to get up and write it right away. I knew I'd never recall it in the morning. Thanks for reading!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying to decide if nature is ever free in today's world....I guess so, but that freedom is shrinking rapidly. Beautiful work, Deb.

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      Demas W Jasper 20 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      All sleep should have any troubled results for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Hi Deb--this is a powerful piece! Loved it!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 20 months ago from Denver, Colorado

      A powerful and richly imagistic poem!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 20 months ago from Washington, DC

      Heavy commentary on the vicissitudes of life. Your words impart truth, Deb. Thanks for sharing your dream realities we can relate to and understand. Two thumbs up.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, John. It hit me in my sleep, so I just had to get up and get t down. Thanks for reading!

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Deb, this is now one of my favourite poems that I have read here at Hub Pages. It is just full of lessons and problems our society needs to take note of. Wonderful poetry.

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