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Peace is the one mystery man has never been able to unravel.

March 15, 2010
By oracle-of-nonsense PLATINUM, Winnabow, North Carolina
oracle-of-nonsense PLATINUM, Winnabow, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"We are born with two incurable diseases -- life, from which we die; and hope, which says maybe death isn’t the end."
- Andrew Greeley

We will explain away
tools of mushroom clouds and fatal vapor;
tools that would paint the world over
in concrete, that would turn rainbows
into the black holes
of our enemies' homes
(whose enemies? what have they done
that I should hate them? who decides
who is to live and who is to die?).
We whitewash these
Wipe-outs Of Mass Humanity
and write in their place
"For our defense!"
"War for peace!"
"Boost our economy!"

"We must civilize
these savages!"

No one reads the fine print
hidden below the glory and honor and
so much bloody money.
No one notices the side effects:
May prove fatal to thousands-millions (innocents, soldiers, men, women, and children are all at risk); May cause generations of birth defects; May create carcinogens out of crops; May irrevocably destroy the innocence that keeps the world from mass suicide; May suddenly create broken homes from happy ones in the time it takes to listen to a phone call.
If you notice any of these symptoms, please organize a protest to notify your local or federal government.

Where is our Woodstock?
Where are our protests,
our leaders, our writers
and singers and shakers?
Where is our Catch-22,
our Lennon, our Kent State students?
We so easily divide along lines of
Christian, atheist,
PETA, straightedge,
Democrat, Republican,
and we will argue
to the end about such trivialities,
but we refuse
to think about the holes in the world
where people are lost
and never found again.
We will not lead,
we will not come together
because we, too,
must battle
our hatred.

The author's comments:
Sorry if this one's sort of long. I just...wrote. I've been thinking about the people who came before me, the "hippies" and the protesters, kids my age who did things because they believed in it. We don't do that now. We don't have protests or rallies or sit-ins. That's for old people.
Anyway, check out this amazingly well-written article, that was published in the Teen Ink mag. The title is "Our Generation's Woodstock."

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villain123 said...
on Sep. 3 2012 at 7:33 am
villain123, Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm okay with war as long as nobody gets hurt."

I'm surprised I'm the first to comment. This was a great protest poem. There were a lot of points that I agreed with, like the petty feuds among different groups that occur while people in other places are having real problems.