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A Thousand Dark Secrets

Carrying with me a
halfhearted smile for the
braver men than I.
The men holding tightly
to past perceptions,
live or die.
Suppose I whispered to 'em
what I've heard through
the metaphorical grapevines.
Suppose I lent a hand.
Would they take it as an opposition,
a criticism perhaps?
Carrying with me the burden of
a thousand dark secrets
and I can't even talk about it.

In the midst of a patriotic funeral.
In the midst of a best friend itching to climb
the first military branch he can find.
To join forces with the Yes Sir, No Sir mentality.
To ride shotgun with the
Everything You Tell Me is True assumption.

And so who am I to question it...
the lowly pawn of this game?
Instead I did nothing
letting it all burst into silent flame
As Open Rebuke gave way
to Secret Love
We said goodbye to the
Olive Branch and the Dove

What exactly are we doing
when we label justifications
to the lapels of the handmade uniforms,
"I will fight for YOUR nation
with a willingness to lay down my life
for a higher cause."
Yeah, freedom isn't free,
but it for sure ain't what it used to be...

Before technology wrapped
it's all encompassing fingers
around society, indeed the tables were turned.
If hostile takeover was your ultimate goal
you didn't need hundreds of thousands of men
fighting for you with heart and soul.
With blades shining, horses galloping,
and sieges laying waste to the villages.
Because of our Lightning Bolt Communication,
and our undying trust for the Order of Things.
Because of our Technological Overkill,
and our eagerness to unravel
the Tapestries of Our Existence.
Because we climbed too damn far this time,
unaware and uncaring of what was Left Behind.
Yeah, you don't need massive armies for your hostile takeover.
Just a few precious people in key positions,
commanding the grunts below you,
with a single pinpointed destiny to DESTROY!
"Yes sir, no sir! We fight for the Good of Humanity, sir!"

But what in the world do I know?
Lacking field experience,
bathing in the never-ending shower
of omnipotence.

I still carry with me that halfhearted smile;
that relentless indifference for the men
living and dying for the sake of me.
For those that fight for a time way back when
that no longer exists.
I still meander through the metaphorical grapevines,
both craving and hating at what I might find.
Cause I know most won't comprehend it.
I'll be the Judge, the Critic and the Enemy.
I won't dare express such hopeless negativity.
I'll carry with me the burden
of a thousand dark secrets... cause no one is ready
to accept Truth's hand.
I'll keep it to myself and no one else because everyone knows....






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  1. Date: 5/24/2013 9:39:00 AM
    Wow, so good. I know the feeling of expressing yourself on paper to get out the anger. I do the same. I feel better after. But this is true. It's always good to ask the question: WHY. Before doing something blindly. I hate when people don't take me seriously for being young. I think you are very mature with your writing. Never stop letting it out.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/24/2013 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's tough when my best friend has a huge family that is very entangled into the military. I feel like I would be "ganged up on" if I said anything against it... they know me as a goofy and eccentric person... their expectations of me, I fear, would be dashed if I expressed any anti-war spiels... *sigh*...
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Apparently you are far from being too young. This is very mature writing. Again, I commend your willingness to speak your mind and express your anger. Keep going... Jack

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 11:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jack... this bottled up anger gets to be too much... I have to unload onto the paper lest I go insane.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 3:04:00 PM
    Timothy....this is so refreshing. So wonderful to know that you are not scared to ask questions..looking for the truth that is sometimes hidden behind propaganda and mind games. It happens everywhere. I will tell you what PAUL told TIMOTHY in my own words...never let someone underestimate you because of your youth. Youth are the movers and shakers of tomorrow, and you have wisdom BEYOND your years. I admire you. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise and don't lose your voice! LOVE THIS PIECE! Fav7

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Eileen... you are such a supportive person when it comes to these touchy subjects. I know that some of my friends might hate me (or at least like me less) if they read some of these political rants.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    But I suppose it goes back to the words of Martin Luther King Jr. "Never hesitate to do what's right. The scars that society will give you are very little compared to the scars that will show on your soul".
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 11:29:00 AM
    Powerful stuff, I think some are to old and to jaded to understand.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Rick... this subject will forever be very sensitive for me. What really drives me up the wall is when people absolutely refuse to think any differently than they have their whole life... even when blatant facts are handed to them.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:17:00 AM
    YOu are such a good poet, Timothy. If you keep writing this well on such difficult topics, I can see tremendous things from you in the future!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, thanks Andrea! I'm trying to write this piece with a certain level of sensitivity... even though the anger is apparent. I can't deny how it all makes me feel... I can't put up a face just cause you'd rather me think a certain way. Appreciate your support and lack of ridicule! :)
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 8:34:00 AM
    In the words of the late, great George Carlin: "Fighting for peace is like having sex for virginity". Hilarious, sad, true...But, at least you don't mock what you don't understand, like a good percentage of the general public does. A good piece of advice, don't kick yourself when you're down. Learn what you don't know. If it still doesn't click, try another day. But, remember that not everything is meant to be understood. It just is. Cheers to this piece.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the insightful comment, Drake... that means a lot! I try to not seem like a "know-it-all"... but I can't ignore suspicious events when I see them... no matter what the implications lead to.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/22/2013 11:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love this comment Drake.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 2:43:00 AM
    How True. Beautiful write, powerful indeed. ..

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/22/2013 10:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Sasha.