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A Poet Is a Tortured Soul.

Updated on May 6, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

The eagle has lost its wings.

A Poet Is A Tortured Soul.

A poet is a tortured soul,
in the world at large 
that often tarnishes his or her ideals.
It forces one to bend words
that are usually of great beauty
into the ugliest of truths.
Third trimester babies
forcefully expelled from wombs
because each infant faces
little chance at life....
or the mother herself 
could die.
I held my son
seconds after birth
not much different from those
who rot in tiny coffins.
I cannot comprehend it all ending there.
I saw my own eternity in his blue eyes
gazing upward in curious awe.
But I cannot question God
he does not answer
these tiny lips wrenched into O's
as months of nurturing become
medical waste.
burnt offerings to 
the necessary tragedy
of life extinguished.
And I cannot grasp the denial
of such a well off society as ours
refusing to grant health care
to all who are in need
simply because they are illegal immigrants??
Our forefathers were all illegal immigrants
fleeing the persecution of their faiths, 
their freedoms and the tyranny of oppression.
How does anyone look into a three year old
innocent Mexican child's, 
dark brown and beautiful eyes,
who is in desperate need of treatment
and say I'm sorry, we can't afford to help you.
Ah, but we don't have to, we remain quite distanced
from their pain and eventual tragedies.
And what about all of the inner city children
who cannot get a doctor's care,
Did not some of our same forefathers
drag the ancestors of these needy kids
over to America in chains enslaving them?
Don't you think some health care
for their great, great, great, great grandchildren
would be a nice way to erase some of that travesty.
And What Of War, 
I always believed that I should 
fight and even die for my country,
but that was before the false pretenses of 
weapons of mass destruction,
no exit strategies, men rushed to war
without armor for them or their vehicles,
with troops maimed and killed as a result
and others left there for two, three, four, tours
All this while the maggot pig who was guilty
continued to mock and send videos to America.
Suddenly my former patriotism is shredded
like the flesh of our soldiers 
under the endless onslaught of
one I.E.D. after Another.
4, 432 Men and thousands more maimed for life
for Iraq?? 
HYPOCRISY Runs Rampant.
it is a fatal disease eroding the very fiber 
of our country.
Thus I have decided 
with a heavy heart...
Not my son, 
he will never be sacrificed 
in some useless war,
destroyed in some vast 
extension of insanity.
And I come from a family t
hat has always been Marines.
Yes I would like to write 
of the rainbow luminescent 
flashes of a hummingbird
savoring a Morning Glory's sweet nectar,
or the exquisite beauty found 
just beneath her eyelids ascending
after a first kiss.
But poets are a tortured lot,
whose muses are most often
sympathetic to the pain and woes
of the world in which we inhabit.
And so I must paint more ugly, 
and most likely half of those 
reading this will not have reached
even this far.
Because the truth is excrutiating
it destroys what folks would like to believe.
so they simply blame the next guy in office
and pardon the last.
They follow party lines and radio lunatics
and faux news garbage
spouting and spewing lies 
that are easier to believe
than the actual facts of what decades
have wrought in the souls of poets
and in the hearts of the masses........ 
a nation torn asunder.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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