Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Coming soon, DREAM Act the poem

Over the last few weeks I have been taking part in a poetry workshop with Gloria Alvarez. I've been learning about myself and what I'm capable of in terms of writing poetry. It's also encouraging and a great change of pace to be surrounded by people who have nothing but kind things to say to you. I've never received the kind of encouragement and attention I've been getting at the workshops and I wonder how much more I would have grown if I got that kind of encouragement when I was a kid. I think back now and realize that I had no one in my life nurturing those aspects in me. It's only till now that I'm starting to realize what I'm capable of an exploring it.

I have a few things in the works and I've been thinking about what I should write about and I've come to I can see why it's dark, even though I don't want it to be, but that's what's coming outta me. So, until I can find a happy place, I'm going to write whatever I feel like writing regardless of what comes out. After listening to the song "Cellz" on MF Dooms new album I discovered Charles Bukowski. And I thought I was dark, this guy takes the cake. It's like, I don't need to write anything, he beat me to the punch. So, expect poetry related to the DREAM Act, not having papers and all that good stuff. No one else is doing it, that I know of so it should make for some interesting reading. I'll post it when I write it.

“Dinosauria, We” by Charles Bukowski"

Born like this
Into this
As the chalk faces smile
As Mrs. Death laughs
As the elevators break
As political landscapes dissolve
As the supermarket bag boy holds a college degree
As the oily fish spit out their oily prey
As the sun is masked
We are
Born like this
Into this
Into these carefully mad wars
Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
Born into this
Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes
Born into this
Walking and living through this
Dying because of this
Muted because of this
Because of this
Fooled by this
Used by this
Pissed on by this
Made crazy and sick by this
Made violent
Made inhuman
By this
The heart is blackened
The fingers reach for the throat
The gun
The knife
The bomb
The fingers reach toward an unresponsive god
The fingers reach for the bottle
The pill
The powder
We are born into this sorrowful deadliness
We are born into a government 60 years in debt
That soon will be unable to even pay the interest on that debt
And the banks will burn
Money will be useless
There will be open and unpunished murder in the streets
It will be guns and roving mobs
Land will be useless
Food will become a diminishing return
Nuclear power will be taken over by the many
Explosions will continually shake the earth
Radiated robot men will stalk each other
The rich and the chosen will watch from space platforms
Dante’s Inferno will be made to look like a children’s playground
The sun will not be seen and it will always be night
Trees will die
All vegetation will die
Radiated men will eat the flesh of radiated men
The sea will be poisoned
The lakes and rivers will vanish
Rain will be the new gold
The rotting bodies of men and animals will stink in the dark wind
The last few survivors will be overtaken by new and hideous diseases
And the space platforms will be destroyed by attrition
The petering out of supplies
The natural effect of general decay
And there will be the most beautiful silence never heard
Born out of that.
The sun still hidden there
Awaiting the next chapter.