Sunday, June 24, 2012

Magpie Tales: A breath of fresh Ares

via Magpie Tales

There is always justification---

freedom sells, pulls heart strings 
as they flash pictures on the news of children starving 
while evil dictators pound podiums, long lines of soldiers 
march the streets with menace followed by rumbling tanks, 
salute to the left as they pass---

& there is always a flag waving 
to represent what could be, if only
our ideology wins the day---

and let's face it, what better way 
to fix the economy---it creates jobs, 
inspires patriotism, masses of our young clamor 
to sign their name, go on tour, kill
Commies, or whatever 
the going slur
is---

it's just war---
a just war---

God mandated, just check the scripture, 
we must eradicate sin in all its dimensions, 
spread ordained democracy---

because in democracy there is no chance 
for corruption or madMen, We the people 
won't stand for it---

we will fight, vote out those that think 
they might---because we are the mighty 
& have the power---

just not the stomach, so we take it on the chin, 
     take it on the chin, 
          take it on the chin, 

until we're numb 
                & apathy sets in

then we change the channel to a sitcom,
laughter being the best medicine

& war makes a nice distraction
to keep us from asking questions.

written for Magpie Tales

88 comments:

Laurel's Quill said...

very insightful, Brian. I especially like the repetition of the "take it on the chin" line..that's what it feels like today...we just keep taking it!

Gozoa aka Dulce said...

Only you know how to sue the wrong and still make a work of art out of it...
smiles back..

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...
"then we change the channel to a sitcom, laughter being the best medicine
& war makes a nice distraction to keep us from asking questions..."

I guess that is what "the powers that be" is placing their money on...
...As a matter Of fact, they are probably, banking on it...What a [very] powerful, [very] thought-provoking poem this Sunday morning.

Thanks, for sharing the [Film noir image Of Welles' in what some fans Of Noir consider the last film noir.

Here goes a video to accompany your image in which your image is featured too: Film noir:So Alone...So Alone]

deedee :-(

Gail said...

Sadly, there is much truth in this excellent creation.

Barbara Rogers said...

Hi Brian,
I've enjoyed that you post comments back to people. So I'm giving you a Sunshine Award tomorrow on my blog.

Barbara Rogers said...

Kind of fun to use present tense verb for future event, right?

Grace said...

Take it to the chin and until we are apathetic and just watch sitcoms ~ Gritty and packs a punch, Brian ~

CiCi said...

My favorite (and true but sad) part is about taking it on the chin until the apathy sets in. The apathy set in over 50 years ago and is showing up now in the worst way.

Susan said...

". . . vote out those that think
they might---because we are the mighty / & have the power---

just not the stomach, so we take it on the chin,
take it on the chin,
take it on the chin,

until we're numb
& apathy sets in"

Goodness! We don't have the stomach and we have too many channels--just as Bradbury predicted in "The Pedestrian" (in the year of my birth)--where he saw this stay-at-home-numbness as the calculation of a police state.
New-Speak calls it democracy because we are free. You have it all here, and I love how you progress from flag waving to Bible quoting to the person in "a room of his/her own" from whence this poem. Bravo!

Kathe W. said...

the last two lines say it all.
Bravo Brian!

Susan said...

PS, BTW: I watched "Film noir:So Alone...So Alone" recommended above by deedee. Incredible! Plz thank dd for me!

Myrna R. said...

I was silent for a while after reading this. It chronicles the injustice that permeates throughout our story. It also teaches me that poetry is not just about capturing beauty, but perhaps more about releasing truth.

hedgewitch said...

Amazing where this old pic took you, bri--from personal violence to societal--and nothing sadder than your last lines--that sitcom and that 'reality show' that is the junk food of the mind, and people killing and dying just a less interesting diversion.

Ginny Brannan said...

Wow, thought provoking write, Brian. So easy to become apathetic in a country where we enjoy so much freedom. Perhaps I am a 'throwback' to the era of my father & uncles who lived through and fought in WWII. I believe in "guarded" freedom. To me, laughter makes the nice distraction, but we should never become so complacent that we are numb to those who wish to take away these freedoms, this lifestyle, that we hold dear.

Claudia said...

ugh...the closure is like a fist-hit on the chin.. sad that we're not making more of our democracy.. we've become fat and comfortable in a way...

Bee's Blog said...

The first few lines made me think 'dictatorship'.

As I read on, this thought provoking piece reminds me of the country in which I live. Although a Republic, it works on the Westminster system and is supposed to a democratic nation. I saw, with this insight of yours, more and more the attitude of most people in my adopted country. There is a saying here in Trinidad - 'we does like it so'.

DJan said...

You are so right... keep 'em occupied with Weapons of Mass Distraction.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Very true words, Brian. We get the government we deserve. Also, war is the biggest stimulus the economy has right now. Sad but true.

Hope you are doing well, my friend!

Wander said...

Until we're numb. And apathy sets in

I so agree!

kaykuala said...

"we will fight, vote out those that think they might---because we are the mighty & have the power---
just not the stomach, so we take it on the chin"

The clarion call of power to the people.The beauty of democracy through the ballot box. But where it wavers we still push it to the right way. Beautiful verse, Brian!

Hank

Friko said...

"take it on the chins" might be the motto for these two, except their sort never do; they let others do that for them.

DCW said...

There is always justification

How often I come across some derivative of this in my work (law).

A thoughtful piece.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

as always, nice write Sir Brian...

JJRod'z

Linda said...

A brilliantly reflective poem, Brian. It is the way of the world. The sad part being, those who take it on the chin are frequently the most down trodden already. Let's divert our eyes and watch TV. Thank you for sharing.

California Girl said...

Not enough questions, apathy, nice distractions, anything but seeing things as they are.

I re -read "The Charge of the Light Brigade" last week, having watched the beautifully made film with Errol Flynn. The director, Michael Curtis captured the horror of war and I wanted to see if it were at odds with the poem, which, I thought, had glorified war. But it doesn't and I was surprised. The Brits were such zealous conquerors in those days but Tennyson saw through that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Charge_of_the_Light_Brigade_(poem)

Tess Kincaid said...

Interesting how this sparked some political thoughts...well done Brian...

rosaria williams said...

And war...keeping us from asking questions! How true! All of it! How sad that we have become so apathetic, so tired of fighting.

Nice job, Brian.
Are you sure we couldn't hire you to write speeches, to get the crowds chanting, we're not gonna take it...

Valerie said...

'then we change the channel to a sitcom,
laughter being the best medicine'

How I wish the world could laugh together....

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

I this was a powerful read, full facts that maybe I can't see to face sometimes. the hurt, starvation and war. Thanks

Daydreamertoo said...

It's all so true but, even in a fre country, we are still only as free as the powers that be allow us to be and, if they want to control or, censor our activity, they will. War is made by money men to make more money, they don't care who they sell their weapons to. Both sides for all they care, as long as there's a profit in it.
Another fabulous, very truthful write.

Daniel said...

In talking to so many through the years, they have such strong opinions and passion for something they tend to know so little about. Is it worth dying for? Is it worth putting us and future generations in danger? Is it worth spending billions and billions on? Is it worth losing your civil liberties over? Think twice before you start pounding your chest and telling us all what we should do.

robkistner said...

Since the beginning of time, the insane go to war, the sane wonder why -- but it's fascinating how close to that line of sanity we all reside, and how just the right nudge can push us over...

Pat Hatt said...

That is so true
The last statement that came due
As they try to put on a magic show
Making us look one way as they run to and fro
So instead of no
People give yes a bellow
Such a load of crap
All of it needs to take a dirt nap

zongrik said...

i don't watch the news and war and all the bad things, but i do like to turn on a good comedy.

ok, i do watch Game of Thrones, and I've watched The Wire, and all of 24...I'm stopping, you get the drift.

Lyn said...

A "just war"or "just war", or maybe "adjust war"? Best to switch to Mad Men..
You nailed this one!

Matt said...

Agree with most people here the last paragraph is powerful and true, very well written Brian!

happygirl said...

Maybe our president is saving this promise for an October reveal. So he doesn't take it on the chin.

izzy said...

Numb and dumb eventually-
war really is pointless however
we explain and excuse it. Pare it back down to nobility ?
Nice 'song'.

Laurie Kolp said...

I've gotten to where I avoid the news at all costs. I'd much rather watch Good Luck Charlie anyway.

flaubert said...

I agree, Brian, this is quite insightful. To the point, good write.

Pamela

Mary said...

Wow, Brian....that is one powerful poem. Packs a punch, gives food for thought.

Leovi said...

Lo peor de una bandera no es lo que representa, sino aquellos que lanzan la piedra y se esconden detrás de ella.

Leovi said...

The worst of a flag is not what it represents, but those who throw the stone and hide behind it.

Hannah said...

Sickening and twisted really. Politricks. So wish we could get beyond our war ways.

ayala said...

Sad and true....
Nice write, Brian.

Gloria said...

aahh Brian nice of course:))

Vicki Lane said...

All too sadly true . . .

rosemary mint said...

Great title.

I really like this:
"it's just war---
a just war---"

And this:
"just not the stomach, so we take it on the chin,
take it on the chin,
take it on the chin,
until we're numb
& apathy sets in"

I do like a good sitcom. They are nice distractions. :)

Helen said...

As I read through the comments I noticed that Rosaria and I had the very same reaction to this incredibly well written piece ... you should be writing scripts!

adan said...

right on point, brian -

did "1984" pass us and we never noticed? we're in the sea and think it's sky; we're in the sky and think it's space? we're in space and we're, uh...

will work my way to some new pieces eventually, meanwhile enjoying ya'll's good works; best wishes ;-)

Steve E said...

Why don't you write something BAD for a change, just to prove you are not perfect--grin?

Hey, wars create jobs, in the private AND public sextors, sekters, whatevers....because Peeps who had the jobs before the war are DEAD after, or maimed, or addicts, or--they stayed in???

GREAT, Brian.

Karen S. said...

Excellent Brian, I could feel each word pound deeply inside. You'd think that more people would want to save our chins, and end this thing they call.... war....

Dana Dampier said...

I appreciate the way you are so honest in expressing your opinion... and the truth. This pic took you in an awesome direction I never saw coming!

Tara Miller said...

wow! Very powerful piece tonight, love. When our government chooses to take the reigns themselves and leave God out of it this is what we get. A slow and steady crumble of the strong and blessed country we once were.

brenda w said...

Strong...powerful. Thanks for the pre-fourth of July nature of it. LoL. Oh I want to read this again, and then I want to share it. I want to hear it on TV.

Magpie said...

I've recently watched a movie that dealt with government corruption and it was very disheartening. It's no consolation to know we're not the only ones either.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

A political post, this is the first I have read of you, and as always brilliant. thought provoking and asking questions. Thanks for the quiet correction you made for me

Jyoti Mishra said...

totally agree.. war makes a nice distraction..
coz instead of discussing that matters of concern, we begin to discuss our strengths n weaknesses...

a fantastic post Brian..

Dave King said...

I like what you've done with the prompt. Realism and truth with a pinch of scepticism.

LadyFi said...

Another insightful post.

the walking man said...

I don't care who is sitting in the chair, Vietnam was Johnsons, and Iraq and Afghanistan are Bush' legacy. And looky here two wars and the only ones getting rich are the companies that send out death from above. The workers are losing ground in that arena so i guess war isn't a God Damned cure all for the economy anymore. And yes All war, (especially them that kill way more civilians than soldiers) are GOD DAMNED.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

We have a tiresome political situation in the UK where anger seems to rule rational thoughts. I wonder if we are heading towards a dictatorship for that is how it very often feels.

CJ x

Lorraine said...

There is no war that is Spiritual, and even a giggle is a spark

Pat said...

chillingly real. the truth hurts.

ND Mitchell said...

Wonderful and rhythmic. Very insightful Brian.

Annmarie Pipa said...

we justify most things, it is way easier than finding a solution.

Sue said...

Well done, Brian.

I loved this, by the way:

it's just war---
a just war---

You are so good at that stuff.

;)

manicddaily said...

Yes agree with the admiration for slur of the moment - just war/ a just war, = drives me crazy.

So easily diverted/bored/dissuaded--
drives me crazy!

Great take on prompt. I've been thinking of something - not done yet- different (of course!) k.

Rachel Hoyt said...

This entire poem is just BRILLIANT! Such profoundness. I especially love the lines, "It's just war, a just war."

Fred Rutherford said...

some great wisdom in this one. War as an economic recovery platform, yeah they try that and think it works for the best. Lots of nice lines here, with a nice mixing in of rhyme, an excellent tale in a style your own. Great read. Thanks

cloudia charters said...

the human conundrum. . .

Thanks, Bri


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ipenka said...

Its amazing how easy it can be to forget history.

Sometimes, I feel like we never learn our lessons unless the pain is felt ourselves. Very thought provoking.

On a side note, sorry haven't been able to visit more often. Been bit hectic with the transition since putting in my 2 weeks notice!

Marie Nicole said...

Just what I love - an ending that makes me smile and forget... ツ

Mama Zen said...

Truth, Brian. Smart, smart writing.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Standing "O", Brian. That was terrific.
jj

Helena said...

Well, that's my Tuesday morning packed with a punch along with my cornflakes.......! So many more need a real wake-up call.......x

The Empress said...

People do numb themselves with a flip of a channel.

If they don't like what they see or hear or just don't want their "nice lives" interrupted: they watch a sitcom.

It's nicer in there.

Less ugly than what is on outside of that box.

Ed Pilolla said...

it gets tiring, trying to change things. we numb ourselves and do the best we can do ultimately. or do we? i happen to think so. all people want to live in peace, but you can't change the world. still, the overall trajectory of history appears to be one of progression, and i take heart in that. see what your poem provoked in me:) thanks for the visit at my place.

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, at times I feel so conflicted watching the news, just sitting there passively, feeling sorry, appalled or moved. But not able to do anything about what I see, in the end I too turn away from it and rather watch something that makes me laugh...
Have a great week dear friend,
xoxo

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

So well said, and so true.

Sigh....

Little Nell said...

You hammered this one home - well done!

Archna Sharma said...

Brian, this one really settles in with me. We've stood on street corners, baby in a sling, the other little ones holding peace signs, and husband and I holding onto angry words, showing face at 9/11 truth movement meetings, writing for publications as Because People Matter...feeling like fools really, in the end all that I can hold onto is the truth that we teach our own children.

You would think that the economy and our homes would be first thought, but the supply of blood and oil is rich. Anyway, it is just war.

Great title.

JeannetteLS said...

I've been away quite a while. Then I read something like this from you, and I know I have been gone TOO long. Your poetry always has beauty in it, all the while it tells truths that, let's face it, are gut-wrenching and ugly.

So. When are you publishing a chapbook? I want one to buy for my friends' kindles and iPads for this election season. And if you think I am not serious, think again.

I was going to say, "My dear friend." We've never met. We do not know one another. Yet that IS how I feel, Brian, because you let us in so deep. Thank you for this.

Raven said...

I really can only say WOW! Brian this is exceptional. Well, of course you know how I feel about war ... as most good people do. No apathy ... you are too young. The whole write is good. So good that I decided to come back and read again before commenting ... and getting back into MagPie's myself. ;)

Raven said...

Oh meant to say thanks!

Tumblewords: said...

So very powerfully written...

JANU said...

"War makes a nice distraction" - we tend to close ourselves to the real issues on hand many a times. Well done.

JANU said...

"War makes a nice distraction" - we tend to close ourselves to the real issues on hand many a times. Well done.