An insatiable lust for the dough
Quenching the blood’s thirst to get it though
Masquerading as carefree bureaucrats in declaring war on drugs
Flooding the metropolitan area; sponsored by aspiring thugs
Striving to be the next kingpin
Wanting to hitch a ride with hope to escape the sin
Familiar vices surrounding various areas
Whitewalls confining the dangerous minds to breaking the barriers
That was set up to pose as the American dream
Bit players handed football numbers in this Ponzi scheme
So this concludes the tale of wasted youth; such a tragedy
Gatekeepers laughing it up in this cruel comedy
© Lindsey F. Rhodes
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
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Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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