Not birthed in Dr. Frankenstein’s monochrome lab
Sacrificed, but not on a bloody stone slab
Disrespected through language condescended
To a world of crass impulse dishonorably commended
If not buying kitsch with contrived care
They’re just breathing wholesale the marketer’s air
Only one reason for their continued existence
To part with a dollar at a fool’s insistence
Immobilized before television’s strobe eye
Battered by hailstorm commands to buy
If in spite sprouts a tumor of sovereign thought
Chronic commercial’s chemotherapy now for naught
The goal is creation of spineless passivity
Passions yoked to oxen of singular proclivity
Brain furrows plowed, empty seed catchers
Prelude to invasion of body and mind snatchers
“Consumer” a title no better than slave
To tapeworms only it’s all the rage
© Bruce Newman
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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