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Motherland's Funeral

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Motherland's Funeral

In the past, my country
cradled me within her womb,
but our roles reversed.
I held her in my arms,
felt her slip away.

I lost my country today.
Gave her up to synthetic medicine,
deficit spending, 
and pie-charts overseas.

They wrenched her from my arms,
took her from my loving arms
to poke, to prod and draw blood.
I prayed while watching attempts made
at her resuscitation,
as greedy hands held out pens,
prodding me to fill in the proper forms.

The world is on lithium,
the drug has defiled the last drop of clean water.
My country was on lithium,
for her, the vibrant colours turned into dull grays,
and in the end, her heart gave way 
from having spent too many decades 
trapped within a gilded cage.

She had an organ donor card -
her organs were sold off one-by-one
while she still clung onto life.
Her organs were removed,
replaced with waving flags
and roaring stadiums.

Men from every standing, race and creed,
groped Motherland's body
after causing her to bleed.
Many men had laid with her. 
Oh, how they did.
At least some men showed decency,
graced her with meaningful caresses.
But they were far and few between -
between the rape, miscarriages and spoils.

Lithium is being slipped into my drink,
into my food, into the very air I breathe,
so daily I purge,
horrified by my country's overdose.
She looks decrepit, splayed out in the morgue,
a cardboard ticket hanging from a big toe
like an empty, whorish price tag.

I will have to give her a proper burial in my mind,
for they are going to have Mother embalmed,
encase her in a glass coffin,
and put her on display.

Our Mother passed away,
yet the land is here to stay.
I will walk across clear-cut ridges,
pass through neon-lit distractions
as a gypsy vagabond.
From now on, the territorial lines
mean nothing more to me than rules to follow.
The shell of this country remains, 
Nationalism has turned empty-hollow.

I lost my country today.
Gave her up to synthetic medicine,
deficit spending, 
and pie-charts overseas.

I lost my country today,
held her in my arms,
watched her slip away,
felt her slip away.





April 30th, 2012

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  1. Date: 8/6/2013 8:54:00 AM

    Chris, I'm so glad you directed me here! I love how brutally honest you are. I found the organ donor and rape metaphors particularly fitting. I am very curious now about your thoughts on Justin Trudeau.

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 11:22:00 AM

    Chris congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 9:57:00 AM

    Congratulations Chris! I'm soooo glad...I love this one... hugs, love ya deb

  1. Date: 5/7/2012 12:44:00 PM

    Congratulations on your placement in the "Tell us of Women" contest Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/7/2012 8:53:00 AM

    Wow, so profound. A great write Chris. Congratulations

  1. Date: 5/7/2012 1:43:00 AM

    absolutely right up to your standard......deep, well written, meaningful......thanks for the read.....I greatly enjoyed....Syd

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 3:55:00 PM

    Awesome and wonderful write,my friend.This is nice and well written. Congratulations on your win...keep on flying...

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 1:30:00 PM

    Wow CDA!!! I absolutely dig this on.. I love how your titled it the motherland's funeral, it really encompass the theme and puts emphasis on the message.. This is a gripping piece especially the repeating of "her slip away" in the end.. Just perfect *hugs* Wilma thank you for the bday wishes for my dad.. hope yours is still going great :)

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 10:43:00 PM

    I visited your homeland as a child and remember how immaculate and full of lush scenery it was! Everyone said "eh" all the time..I giggle thinking about it...HOw the times have changed and now Canada has to deal with her over indulgences too...Personifying her as a woman had such a strong effect..now it will stay with me! I can see your love for science spilling over into your poetry as you describe things as only a scientific person does...that's why I love reading your work. Keep it up, Chris..(Loved our May Day blog!) Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 2:03:00 PM

    AWE-awesome! Houston? London? We have a situation here in Canada...somebody is complaining about the Commonwealth. : ) The Queen wont like it! : ) "Many men had laid with her./Oh, how they did./At least some men showed decency,/graced her with meaningful caresses./But they were far and few between -/between the rape, miscarriages and spoils." As you say: "smashing"!!!!! Terrific lines, amazing imagery, superb write! One more going to my FAVs! Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 11:14:00 AM

    I get up from my chair and say: BRAVO ! oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 10:03:00 AM

    Just an echo of David's and daver's comments,Chris, this is really special, i find also that the powers to be today, are only interested in going global, and our countries, cultures,, and even language, are being threaten for what they believe is the greater good.

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 6:59:00 AM

    So sad. What is even more sad is that so many feel this way nowadays. Everything is too big, too much of a presentation - too many people lost in the shuffle. Great write, Chris. Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 1:04:00 AM

    Chris, I so admire your work....David

  1. Date: 5/1/2012 2:26:00 PM

    This made me cry...and for me this is symbolic of more than just our earth mother...so very well written, Chris. Every line is perfect.

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 6:25:00 PM

    Yes a most excellent write! and a very NA way to think about the earth mother but I do believe you are in Canada and from what I can see Canada does a hell of alot better at being what should BE than 90% of the other nations of the world, perhaps, its just cause I live in the land of the gun carrying republican blowheart BUT just crossing the Canadian border reminds one what it felt like to be free. Light & Love [I'd be more worried about growth hormones and estrogen in the water!]

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 5:39:00 PM

    This has to be a fav Chris!! Absolutely fabulous! Brilliantly written, posed, and positioned! Gut wrenching!! *tear* I adore it!!! Well Done!! What a gift!! big hugs,love ~deb