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Didn't Don't

Somebody keeps pulling on the rope to swing the bells
           didn't don't       
           didn't don't
They toll for me.

Don't touch it. Don't say it. Don't do it. 
Don't doubt it. Don't think. Don't ...

Somebody handcuffs my steps,
determines my boundaries.
Before I fully understand free will
there is a slap on my head
            and phosphenes like stars
            command my orbit.
Before I recognize differences
there is a slap on my hand
            right hand, not left hand,
            never ambidextrous

Time out
its isolation without trial
to learn
to fear wrongdoing 
to allow them to remote-control my existence,
conditional on demand, frightening.

An aborted freedom escaping
into the sewer
trying not to get it on the seat
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
They toll for me.
It's dirty. It's ugly. It's bad. It's poo. It's sin.

commitments, commandments
salvation, damnation

deception makes them ring in a low tone.
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;
the intentional perversion of the self proclaimed truth,
the liar paradox to reign
through tricks and cotton swabs.

When the remorseless hours run counterclockwise,
I would be happy of 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 skin, my flesh off of my bones?

How could I blame them? 
How could I possibly judge them?

Social order and obedience 
in confabulation, in conspiracy, in complicity

Somebody will keep pulling on the rope
to swing the bells; they will toll for me:
the one who guards his own cell.

Cause I'm the jailer, and the convict, and the crime.


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  1. Date: 7/30/2015 9:45:00 PM
    Ruben.. this is a fabulous write and a wonderful win, when it comes to getting low you score high!

  1. Date: 7/24/2015 12:55:00 AM
    Congrats on ur awesome winning poem Ruben!

  1. Date: 7/23/2015 6:40:00 PM
    glad you entered this is my contest, it as fantastic to read, thank you :)

  1. Date: 7/23/2015 3:26:00 PM
    wow Ruben this sure packs a punch - many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx

  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!!

    O. Avatar Ruben O.
    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!