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Prose - Horror

Updated on November 12, 2011

When one culture
It is superior
To another
When life
Is devalued
To the point
That extermination
Can be done
Without feeling
But with
Moral certainty
The certainty
That the God
Of the dominant culture
When the screams
Cannot be heard
They are not real
To you
And even if they were
It wouldn’t matter
Does not recognize
And because
Justifies anything
And because
The reality
Of your own mind
Is that you are normal
And they are not
So they must die
And you must live
No matter
The symptom
Of the disease
You have been taught
To love


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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Hah....OK good, just wanted to be clear.

      Yeah, it's a touchy subject, for sure. Important though.

      Again, great poem. On my way to check out some more.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Don't worry man... it's all good. I knew you were being supportive. I guess I was elaborating on my previously stated concerns.... I've had this discussion (cough cough disagreement) with others before.... I am trying to operate in good faith... love your country but not like a Nazi....

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Don't misunderstand me, I was agreeing with you. What I meant was I don't think being patriotic requires you to always agree with the actions of your country (war in this case). You disagree with the actions taken by those in power, and you care enough about this country to speak against them. That, I was suggesting, is sincere patriotism. Much more than all the blind, ignorant, "Go team America" war cries from people who, most of them, have no idea what we're even fighting for.

      "Blessed are the peacemakers." Agreed. America has been blessed for so long, but I think we are on a fast track, slipping out of that blessing.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @emichael - The United States is supposed to be a beacon of morality; we are known as a Judeo-Christian society (whether that is true or not is another debate). Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." Yet we have the biggest war machine in the history of mankind. I just don't feel right about the rhetoric we hear from our politicians versus what we supposedly stand for as a people. We can improve. We need to improve. Once the shooting starts innocent people are killed and lives are ruined. There are so many arguments on both sides of the coin (just wars) but as a person who wishes to be a poet you are not going to hear me say it was ok to start another war. I'm not that person.

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      To me, the most sincere form of patriotism is not just loving your country for what it is. It is loving your country to the point of being willing to speak and stand against whatever is wrong with it.

      Speaking out, Suburban Poet. Your words are powerful.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @emichael - Thank you. This is the type of piece that is tough to write because I worry that it appears to be unpatriotic. But I think war is hell as they say and the fact is we need a time when there are no more veterans because then it would mean there were no wars.

      @lovemychris - Thank you for commenting. I know what you are saying. My 15 year old son loves the war videos. We've talked quite a bit about the desensitization factor and how studies show it can happen. He seems to understand but still wants to play. I think he has a kind heart so I guess I'm hoping in his case it won't happen.

      @KT Banks - Thank you. Your comment of speechlessness is how I feel too about it all at times.

      @qlcoach - I think you are right. As writers we need to talk about human worth and the horrors of war. If we don't say anything then we will be pawns as another lie is told in the name of commerce....

      @tammyswallow - Thank you! You are right about that though I did watch Saving Private Ryan last night and it sure looked bad. I thank Speilberg for telling like it was. I wrote this other poem based upon that movie:

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Suburban Poet,

      I think you have defined true horror as it applies to man. It isn't as the movies would portray it. Excellent!

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      Gary Eby 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      So that's why we have wars, violence, prejudice, and other man-made horrors. What's the solution? For me, we must take a stand, speak out, and advocate for the intrinsic value of human life and all life. Thanks for visiting my Hub, "What I Know." It is a pleasure to view your work. Peace and Light...Gary.

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing this. (It kind of leaves me speechless)

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I can remember taking my kids to the game room at the mall years ago, and watching these video games where you shoot guns and blow people up. thinking, wth?

      Now they are doing it in real time.

      Movies--we have death and war in 3D!

      De-Sensitize....."hey-it's normal"

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Wow. This one leaves me struggling for words.


      Does not recognize


      So good.

      And convicting.