Eureka by Jeffery Martin

Oh yes, I understand now

why the crime for reading was so harsh

for there is danger in comprehension

it brings questions and validation . . . and death

to quack interpretations

and life to wanting more than someone’s place for you


Existence cannot be marginalized

once one knows what existence can be

knowledge acts as a brush fire

upon the dry, brittle landscape of propagandists

liars and soothsayers who work best

behind veils of darkness

one match in and of itself

holds little combustible energy

but struck amongst dry twigs covering acre upon acre

its appetite is unquenchable it like the mind

has the potential of changing the course of its landscape

with one fahrenheit moment


Yes, I do understand the dangers of reading

slaves do not attempt to read

for your minds cannot grasp its subtleties women do not tempt yourself with the written

but rather find your literacy

through the voice of a man

poor do not feed your mind

but feed and till the earth

for those better equipped to do your bidding


I truly do understand the importance of your ignorance

for in it you will never transcend mediocrity will never stand amazed by what springs forth

from your engaged magnificence

will never decipher the challenges of your era

with the precise aptitude required in the true halls of change


Oh the danger of the right book at the wrong time

in the hands of a simple mind

inspired to learn

oh the mere thought

sends shockwaves

through the illusion

of comfort

and languishes heavily

upon minds

made soft by leisure


© Jeffery Martin

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20645101_10210024379835016_6687973742195305575_oAbout the Author

Author Jeffery Martin has written 10 books and contributed poetry to 7 anthologies. “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival ‘Best Book of Poetry’ and honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and London Book Festival. Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book is “Jus Sayin” released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.

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