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Awaken From Deep Slumber

'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you - 
Ye are many - they are few.'

From the poem: "The Mask of Anarchy" written by Percy Bysshe Shelley

O child, 
how frail you seem in certain angles of light and shadow,
with your cavities,
fractured attention deficiency,
and thickening skin of apathy.

You are a victim to the plague,
playing amongst flowers filled with poison,
staring at screens to fill in the boredom
of having your young mind brimming
with over-stimulation -
information seeps in without warning,
beamed into your skull 
by 360 degrees 
of high-def, infra-red, wireless mobility.
24/7 programming of insidious adverts
breaches your skull in a mind-rape,
proving how the Death of a Salesman
was only a sideshow distraction
for the Kleptocracy to successfully purchase
the dark side of the moon -
control the tides,
control the mind,
buying our hearts and souls
in order to auction off our future
to the highest bids of people already dead.

O child,
yet I believe in you,
there is still hope left upon your shoulders.
You are strong,
your mind cuts like a blade.
And if you care,
if you dare,
what a significant burden for you to bare.
The time has come,
the time is ripe,
this is it,
there are no more second chances.
I pray for your success,
for you are our very last hope.
Please learn from my mistakes and failures,
absorb the goodness I have left to offer.
I tried, I truly did,
but the Hydra spat me out as a broken man.

Lost Children,
we left seeds inside the belly of the beast
for you to survive on within.
God speed, take heed,
do not attack the Kleptocracy from the outside,
its Dragon's heads will cut you down -
will cut you down without mercy.
You must advance peacefully
with a rogue's armour of false calm,
let the machine devour you whole.
Bide your time,
survive on the leftover seeds,
dismantle the Hydra from the inside,
rewrite the program from within.

Lost Children,
shed the tired cloak of apathy,
don the mask of alternate endings,
de-rail this present destiny.
Everything rides on you now,
everything rides on you.

The Kleptocracy broke my back,
but my mind is still intact,
and I know you can do better than I did,
believe that you can do better than we did.
I pray for your success,
pray for your safety and protection,
everything rides on you,
everything rides on you now.

December 8th, 2011

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  1. Date: 4/18/2012 12:05:00 AM
    hehe please don't tell me you're so bored, you find changing avatars more fascinating :D!

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 12:04:00 AM
    nosy me! Is it an hour kind of thing?! you changing your avatar? or aack, are you becoming fickle minded?? heehee, it just appears that way to me I guess-- by some Odd chance I kept seeing that cool red cda (I see all 3 letters there) avatar of yours, when I sneaked in here & browsed blogs for 2 afternoons then I see little boy blue again evening my time --have to admit, I like little boy blue better though ;) told you I am pesky :p

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 12:13:00 PM
    I know what you mean, haha that's why at first I didn't want to comment? Then I got comments and felt guilty! Then I felt guiltier leaving out people, so there, I ate my words (too bad they weren't sushi!!!)-- lol this is probably also one of the small reasons why I have been holding back on entering lots of contests lately. I've really slowed down on them, barely entering contests these days ;) I'm mostly writing and thinking of non-contest stuff and it actually feels good.

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 2:46:00 AM

  1. Date: 2/8/2012 10:12:00 AM
    brimming with deep and profound images, chris.. god bless the children!... congrats on your fine win! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 2/8/2012 8:02:00 AM
    This is skillfully penned,Chris.Congratulations on your first place win!

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 11:01:00 PM
    Congratulations Chris :) This is an absolute masterpiece in my eyes. Each day I pray those very same prayers and hope they will be strong enough to undo...

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 7:13:00 PM
    Congrats. Christ on your 1st place win. love,vie

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 5:49:00 PM
    I'm commenting here last as your poems always give me so much to ponder! I find them so current and relevant, and this one is no exception, written with your usual unique phrasing and flair, an honour to share the top spot with such talent...I love that poem you quoted at the top!

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 5:46:00 PM
    Very intense, Chris. Congrats on your 1st place win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 4:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on a tremendous write and win. Jon

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 2:47:00 PM
    Amazing write,Chris.Congratulations on your super win......

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 1:38:00 PM
    Two big wins in the same week. Boy you are setting the bar awfully high for the rest of us lowly poets. congratulations on the win. Mike

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 1:11:00 PM
    congrats Chris on adynamic first place win for this excellent expression luv.. u always amaze me so...oh ...

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Congratulations to you on your placement in Debbie Guzzi's "Your Own Favorite Poem" contest Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 10:44:00 AM
    Congratulations Chris x

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 10:32:00 AM
    I agree with Debbie....a 7 or more! This takes more than seven plus seven times reading to grasp each line, and read into the words the intention....which is what only a gifted poet can do.

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 10:19:00 AM
    This is one great write Chris. Meant to be read again and again. Congratulations

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 9:12:00 AM
    Congrats, Chris. Awesome write. Well deserved win. Kudos. Best to you and yours. Ralph

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 8:48:00 AM
    A full loaf of bread here, sliced into filling pieces, some salted with tears, some buttered with anxiety, annd all food for a lifetime of thought. [Not that you care ;) but a 7 & a fav] Congrad's Light & Love