Sunday, June 19, 2005

Angel of Propaganda

this poem appeared first in the "Poets Against The War" in 2003 and was republished by Happy Anarchy Books in "bookshape - from the Chaos Journals" ©2003 by mysfit--(as always, the spacing is a bit sparse as bloggy hates spacing)


Angel of Propaganda

Opening her eyes to the star-shaped Sky
she adjusts her wings of Justice,
puts on her crown of Righteousness,
grasps her staff of Freedom,
and POOF!
God Bless America, Dear

she was dreaming western dreams
of manifest destiny
and behind the guise of Indignation
she responds by carving flags
before prophets, pleading:
“The End is near!
Don’t be the End!” they proclaim
but overhead, the world holds its breath

and i don’t know if i should
duck—-hide my face from
4th of July shoot-outs and
Did you know she was
sleeping in the gutter—-Magnificence

i wish i had enough money to decide the fate of millions
i’d tell them to eat
cheerios for breakfast
and democracy for lunch,
breathe dictators to sand
and take up verbal arms against...
Hypocrisy of course
watching like sacred whitewash
through sheltered Homeland pews

and they worship strange gods
you say
and they fight religious battles
behind our backs
like eyes-closed Relations of
this-wouldn’t-happen
if you’d only Listened

i wish i had the money to decide Fate
during Riots fought for Movements
she waves her hand to
other countries, well-wished
she flaps her Wings to
create enough wind to
wash the grime off city streets,
making the buildings
Gleam Holy
but through the destruction
i want to see hope

not this

10 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Very well done. I'm not really anti-war but I can appreciate the sentiments and think this is marvelously written.

11:00 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

thanks carl v

i'm not sure i fully understand the politics and what-no, regarding the need to go to war and therefore it's hard for me to be harcore anti-war or hardcore pro-war... mostly this was a reaction to America's response to 9-11:

At first, things were well and good - the nation was mourning - but being a nationalist, the instant nationalism and brotherhood of people who wouldn't even stop to help up someone who had fallen - really pissed me off. And then there was this ingignant righteousness that because of the tragedy in our country we had a right to inflict that tragedy on the world. People lost their jobs in TV by suggesting that our foreign policy had pissed off a lot of people and might have had something to do with what had happened. How was this American? Where was the free speech?

11:27 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

dunno, but wherever the free speech went, i think it's still bunkered down there.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I agree totally with both of your comments and feel very much the same way.

I'm not pro-war either. I understand it on some levels and don't on others. I always want to be supportive of the men and women who sacrifice to protect our freedoms and I admire the idea of attempting to grant those freedoms to others. Unfortunately the ends don't always justify the means. I wish we lived in a world where there was no war but I also know that as long as people have free will that total and complete peace will not be a reality.

Its sad. Very sad.

2:00 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

indeed.

2:05 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

do doubt, carl, i definitely support those men and women who have and continue to fight for what they believe is this country, even and pobably esp. if they believe it is something different than i believe it is - i just wished they'd all come home and fight for it right here where it's needed

11:43 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Amen. I also wish the money spent for war could be used for something else.

7:54 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

i think that's what made me the most sad about the reaction to 9-11 - we as a country had, under clinton, begun to put more money into schools and health care, finally pulling ourselves out of the 80's. but because of 9-11, that money was swiftly withdrawn and returned to the military and "homeland security" and now PBS and NPR are losing all their funding, one of the last bastians of public broadcast, but luckily, not the last.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Ben Franklin

10:42 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

not so much content as context, but:

i have to wonder, why does HA Books not have its own website? i must know.

3:02 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

also, what's up with HA books right now? any word?

10:34 AM  

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