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When job positions within monopolies prevent us from working together
towards a goal far greater than lining the pockets of a few,
when schools stop us from educating ourselves,
and are instead, assembly lines churning-out tin soldiers,
when governments prevent humanity from achieving self-determination,
when media keeps us informed about current events,
rather than us becoming involved in the events,
then only in resistance will we find each other;
will we find ourselves in the purest sense. 

The masqued ones are erasing themselves
within a society in which everything is under surveillance,
measured, quantified and appraised,
where everything is determined by resumes,
credit history, internet profiles.
Background checks, gossip columns, intelligence agencies,
conspire to drag every last detail out into the open.

The masqued ones live in an in-between world
being squeezed by other worlds.
It is a world existing in the hope of understanding reality, 
by changing reality.
If the powers that be, can reveal the hidden world,
dragging it out under the searing spotlight of scrutiny,
under the spotlight of current mass-ideology,
then one more possible world reality becomes extinct
under the boots of Fascists using the freedom of speech
to silence the freedoms of everyone else;
eventually, even including themselves.

The controllers want to show there are no unchartered paths
leading away from the programmable masses of mundanity.
Therefore, the masque is seductive to those not fully conditioned
to become blind sheep led by shepherds, towards the slaughter.
The masque suggests mystery, unknowns,
alternative endings to a story covered in mildew.
The masque symbolizes a threat to an entrenched establishment.
The masque becomes the chrysalis in which a pupa
can evolve into something different; into something new. warrens deep below,
Babylon-kids write love songs,

and above ground, people preach rights and freedoms, 
while enslaving the world in the chains of a democracy
that has never truly existed.

Democracy is a dream turned nightmare,
so the Babylon-kids are keeping the dream
of a choose-your-own-adventure, alive.



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  1. Date: 1/17/2013 2:16:00 AM
    I cannot love this enough. Not only do I agree with your sentiments but I'm just a fan of socio-political commentary in general - expressed in poetic form or otherwise. You are a star.

  1. Date: 12/17/2012 7:52:00 AM
    An outstanding writing, i can feel true emotions pouring into this writing and i can truly understand the pain measured in this poem. Then again, hope is still unbound as long as there's a flicker of light gleaming in the darkness. Someday "Babylon-kids dream" shall prevail. Sami.

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 4:24:00 AM
    well to start with, it's a fav,you really have sus it out Chris, their subtleties and innuendos, i believe there must be a hundred year plan to implement, i as a historic at nestle, (i'm sure in leauge with the world order) was constantly being re-educated, in the new bull sh** ways, all of which was for the "big picture" i like the way you tell it about the media,also democracy and how it is used, also the Babylon-Kids, i'd like to think i am one of those, as i know you are. good poem i like

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 12:00:00 PM
    I love your anology here.I`m home hearing the budget with so many promises and with wage raises..Of course..election is behind the door.Enslaved by their power we are.Demoxracy and burocracy. So muxh alike.Wise words penned Chris

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 4:05:00 PM
    Sounds like they have the right idea. Loved the play on the word 'masque.' Wonderful write, Chris. Merry Christmas to you and yours! love and hugs, Catie :)