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New Age Chemical Warfare

Memory, oh sweet memory, 
Lost in dizziness, but found.
Excite my brain to joyfulness.
Pain is sometimes lethal.

Memory loss is just one warning sign of this war.
Add to that: headaches, depression, oh, the mental pain.
Numbness, insomnia, heart palpations, and more, begin slowly.
From whence comes your sweet deception?
My bones ache and I cannot breath in life's memory.
Lost in my own fantasy with dizziness.
Imagining a chemical warfare against the masses.
Common folks like you and me but subjugated peons.
Mushy brains found among the young and innocent thin.
Excite my brain with your pondering, my muse.
To you, I owe this mysterious inkling.
A powerful infiltration, a plan concocted by the enemy.
Chemical warfare on the home front, disguised as pleasure.
Marketed among the unsuspecting –

Aspertine is thy name oh great deceiver
In the name of sweetness, mental acuity dies.
Freely given to the soldiers in Desert Storm, diet soda! 
The Plan: Conquer a great nation from within.
Infiltrate every aspect of life in a well-laid plan.
Thus, food and drink may lead to a nation's folly.
Slowly slipping away our freedom to be US. 
Quietly.  Unobtrusively.  Ingeniously.  Irreversibly!
Joyfulness, visit me; remove this pain for it is great.

Chemical warfare kills.
Sometimes, we close our eyes.
But we must not.
Lest it becomes lethal to our free nation –

© March 17, 2012
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest: Et cetera Free Poetry 
Sponsor:  Debbie Guzzi


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  1. Date: 6/20/2013 6:03:00 AM
    This one needs a site for political verse. Maybe make files by topic? Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/19/2012 3:52:00 PM
    A very interesting piece, Dane Ann. Congrats on your well deserved win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 3/19/2012 11:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's "Et cetera" contest Dane Ann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/18/2012 12:48:00 PM
    dane, nice verse for Debbie's, contest.. Congratulations~always*PD

  1. Date: 3/18/2012 7:56:00 AM
    An awesome write Dane. many congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 3/18/2012 7:27:00 AM
    Congratulations, Dane Ann, on your win in Debbie's contest! Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 8:14:00 PM
    This is awesome, Dane Ann! I mean: AWESOME! Excellent write! Congratulations on your winning in Deborah's Contest! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 7:55:00 PM
    Very informative and interesting. Congratulaitons on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 5:58:00 PM
    Awesome write,well written,Dane.very educative and informative....Congratulations on your superb win in this contest..Keep flying...Love O.A

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 5:18:00 PM
    So very much better yes!! I am so glad you had time to try it again DO MORE!! Sorry I missed your call!! [read my Sugar Babies]Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 9:10:00 AM
    A wery good written poem Dane Ann. Have a lovely weekend!! - oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 8:33:00 AM
    Good morning, Dane,,, love your avatar.. good luck in the contest.. "HAPPY ST PATRICK DAY TO YOU , GOD BLESS~ ALWAYS PD ;-)

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 7:14:00 AM
    very nice entry into Debbie's contest. I had to go back and do some editing on mine, but I see yours does not require any. best wishes in the contest. hugs, catie :)