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this is not the place and time to smile

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this is not the place and time to smile

Take that stupid look
Off your face-
This is not the 
Place and time
To smile

Our words have 
Become our Verdicts
And the Judges shall
Sentence us to death

All those Secret Sins
Desires, Dreams, Hopes
All those lies we tell others
And ourselves- 
Spread on a sheet
Of gilded paper

Our words shall destroy us...

Bare our souls to the 
Popcorn-munching crowd
That knows us more than we
Thought we knew ourselves
They all saw what we've been
Trying to hide--
Between those lines

They'll drink like there's
No tomorrow
And by dawn our names shall
Ferment, into bitter drops
of Nothing

And we'll write like there's no tomorrow
The night is long
Even History longs to be re-written
Time can be accepting
When it comes to change

We'll write words about how
Our words became
The death of us

And our caged thoughts shall
Break free- and reek of fresh ink

The pigeons will paint the night's sky
And the men will bleed-
Of compassion
And monuments will fall
Into Debris
The sun will rise out of bed-
And stare at its horrid face in the mirror

And we'll write about the tomorrow that never came.



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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 11:50:00 AM

    This is one of the most amazing pieces ive ever read. i got very caught up in it. Beautiful...i think you'll like some of my older poems. check it out. ~Jessica

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 1:06:00 PM

    Very reflective of the times we live in NOW... There will be better tomorrow's for us all. Lay

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 9:03:00 AM

    May your week bring you good health,may your heart overflow with love, and may your life bring you amazing inspiration to continue your writing. I enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry this morning and thank you for sharing it Maya. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 6:01:00 AM

    Excellent write, I hope its for the Time contest. Your emotions spill out in this write..well done....Michael

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 4:44:00 AM

    when we speak of yesterday we speak of tommarow. because there is nothing new under the sun. john