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Didn't Don't


Didn't Don't
Somebody keeps pulling on the rope to swing the bells
   didn't don't       
            didn't don't
Don't touch it. Don't say it. Don't do it. Don't doubt it. Don't think.

Somebody handcuffs my steps. Somebody determines my boundaries.
Before I fully understand free will, there is a slap on my head
      and phosphenes like stars that command my orbit.
Before I can recognize differences, there is a slap on my hand
      right hand, not left hand...never ambidextrous; 
      and time out is isolation without a trial...and I learn
                               the fear of wrongdoing
                               remote-controlling my existence,
conditional on demand, predesigned
      and easily
      and obviously
An aborted freedom escaping into the sewer
trying not to get it on the seat

I'm the observer of other lives, not mine               
tied up and chained, in captivity 
attempting to prove an alibi 
                    for being alive.
No one cares
not even myself

Somebody pulls on the rope to swing the bells
   didn't don't       
           didn't don't
It's dirty. It's ugly. It's bad. It's poo. It's sin.

commitments, commandments... Commandments, Commitments
                               Salvation... Damnation
Sometimes deception makes them ring in a low tone. Sometimes
I do what they say, and not what they do, and not what I want, and not what I think.

                 Through   fragments   of   this   duplicity,
                                               and   this   duplicity, 
I would be able to rebuild myself,
                                and Myself, into another hypocritical being;
and the intentional perversion of the self proclaimed truth,
                                or the liar paradox,
                                will be sovereign
leading to the use of tricks and cotton swabs.

When the remorseless hours run counterclockwise,
I would be happy through imaginary experiences,
consistently depurated,
consistently believed to be true.
Would I dare to examine the society in which I've been educated and raised?
Would I dare rip my flesh off of my bones?
How could I blame them? How could I possibly judge them?
Order and obedience in complicity

If somebody keeps pulling on the rope to swing the bells
If I'm the only one guarding my own cell
If I'm the jailer, and the convict, and the crime.


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  1. Date: 2/12/2014 10:03:00 PM
    gosh, I think this is the third time I have visited this one and you sure picked a profound one to use in her contest, Ruben. WELL DONE!!! Big congrats to you and I am so happy you liked my free verse Blue poem. Wish I just had more motivation to write that way, but I keep thinking in that dang iambic meter!!!

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 7:26:00 PM
    A powerful and free-flowing free verse , congrats on the win, Ruben!!

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 3:26:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, since we have one shot at life I have to say after reading your poem you have a lot to think about and now you have given me more stuff to think about

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 4:45:00 AM
    Congratulations Ruben xx

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 4:47:00 PM ..........YOU least of all!! I love the honesty in everything you write! Big hooray for you!!

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    Date: 2/11/2014 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's completely fictional! : D I "found" the last line first ... and then I wrote the rest. : )
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 4:46:00 PM
    ruben, I think I may have cocked up! re-reading this, I think it should possibly have been a 2nd place; weirdly, it reads better here than on my contest page! no matter, it is highly original and quirky, searing social commentary; I love those last three lines - congrats on your win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 7:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Nathan's "Free Verse Writers" contest Ruben. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 1:10:00 AM
    Congratulations Ruben xx

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 9:13:00 AM
    congrats on a great win Ruben

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  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:46:00 PM
    Truly Rubenesk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 7:28:00 PM
    ' Good win' Nate

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Ruben, you are now being given the honor this one deserves. Congrats on your great win with this very popular poem of yours!

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 8:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on oyur win. You area poet I can never be like - amazing.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 6:46:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this awesome write!

  1. Date: 10/31/2012 4:57:00 PM
    Wonderful piece of poetry,Ruben...Nice presentation and nice contribution...Congrats on your win.............

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 3:32:00 PM
    You never cease to amaze me my friend!...what the heck's going on in that mind of yours?...The last verse absolutely floors me!...Congratulations, of course! - Tim

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 1:31:00 PM
    A deep thought provoking poem from you Ruben.Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning poems in the "Good Enough" contest. - Oxox / / Anne-Lise :)