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This town, this Silk Road had no toll to pay yet from the east caravans again fill its pharaonic marble and glass temples. Monolith malls rise its clefts; eco-wilderness morph into multiplex cinemas; mini golf and carparks - the 20th Century gold fields. A new rush of debit credit borrow sorrow where the mortgage belt go to covet, to con themselves - live beyond their means. Here the sweatshops of Asia are legitimised and exploitation of trafficked slave, child, immigrant and asylum seeker for sale. Here the suffering of others is repackaged, bulk sold, discounted - a great lie perpetrated on human aspiration! Seven billion sins for a spoil and a ransom in higher income streams of consciousness while our mills, our plants, our factories are rusting graveyards. Showrooms fill with pizza ovens; microwaves; big screen TVs; IKEA; nouveau riche kitsch; supermarkets of genetically modified superfoods nuked in cryogel flavour enhancers; sweeteners; emulsifiers; stabilizers; MSG; palm oil and sodium nitrate for the poison addicts of convenience - a fill that knows no limits. And saints of haute cuture bow down before the anorexic altar of the Fatted Calf, to the guilt offerings of culture spin. Already the subliminal wave is a raging tsunami, and we a ship of fools on the rising tide blown on a contrary wind. I fear my quiet desperation - the cold ironies of fate; spiritual paralysis; I fear for the blitzkrieg's raw collateral damage... the billboards; vandals of corporate graffiti; drive thrus of Americana; that uglified futuristic aesthetic of mirrors; urban obscenity; high towers of critical mass; death of community. I fear the currency of naked ideology; of usury where the end justifies the means; the black dawn into planned obsolescence where ravenous jackals and wolves feed on the carcass of idyll idealism...of mythology! And whores of dystopia; pimps; moneylenders; oracles of the grand evangelical sell who prey on confessions! I fear lepers walking its streets; human languish and loss; mad scientologists at my gate and the cults of hysteria dividing God from Godless; dark from light. What now of my chimera? What of my anti-hero anachronisms? Sadly one day I must leave but today I write my rant. Listen! This town, this pastoral lay has become to my ear an echo dumb of sound - to my youth's wistful eye a place and past of no return...a time that was! September 1994

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Date: 3/27/2018 11:29:00 AM
excellent write, Keith, enjoyed your ranting.. Hugs Eve
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Date: 3/27/2018 12:19:00 AM
Or in other words 'what a toxic cocoction' life has been 'improved into' I note also that pizza domino have an advert on the very page of this poem Keith, I must go now back to the canted streets of strife rife.' But sadly not with souls willing to react to a rant such as this..'
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Date: 3/26/2018 3:56:00 AM
do we learn and the sad fact is no. painfully obvious i applaud your blunt honest take on living very good and in depth write. some way some day we may get it right we live in hope many thanks for sharing good to take us out of comfort zone my friend
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Date: 3/26/2018 3:13:00 AM
very complex, very critical, and yet very cool. my complements. feel free to comment on mine on poetrysoup for poems of Daniel schack. see my tumblr page for cool art under adanthemanworld. be well. good work.
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Date: 3/26/2018 2:07:00 AM
A very impressive expression of the truth. We tend to forget that feeding our spirit is more important than feeding the flesh.
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Date: 3/25/2018 6:02:00 PM
A really interesting observational piece on our consumer capitalist culture. Still very valid today. Did you really write it in Sept 1994? Love it.
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Date: 3/25/2018 3:01:00 PM
Excellent depiction of changing landscape Keith .. your passion flows in your words.
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Date: 3/25/2018 2:37:00 PM
Hi Keith...most likely mankind will madmax before next century...guessing viral or poisoning before nuclear...your poem explains why i flee to our forests in Mn for spiritual refuge...but these are dwindling...just approved, can you believe...copper/nickel mining (drills deeper than iron-ore, past water-table) up against our BWCA...for 400 jobs...this Chilean Company has NOT ONE copper/nickel mine in the world WITHOUT CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT! yet the politicians approved it (fast-tracked !)
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:29:00 PM
Just dropping by to say I appreciate your RANT & your verse in general. Many do not like politics & poetry BUT I do. Congrad's Light & Love
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Date: 9/4/2017 8:56:00 PM
A well-presented and thought-provoking rant with very specific examples, Keith--CONGRATS! Janice
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Date: 12/20/2016 8:14:00 AM
Great rant, Keith. Congratulations! ...Fran
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Date: 12/19/2016 9:17:00 AM
Creative poem on the invasion of modern materialism, Keith...congrats on your win :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/20/2016 6:02:00 AM
Thanks for stopping by, Laura. There's so much to rant about.
Date: 12/17/2016 5:40:00 AM
THIS speaks the truth in a formidable way. I love it! Nice to get to know you through this poem, I'll definitely read more of your poems.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/17/2016 4:59:00 PM
Thanks Happy Feet. Nice to hear from you. If I didn't rant I'd explode!
Date: 12/16/2016 9:11:00 PM
wow, Keith, this is like a masterpiece you wrote to modern times and its sad legacy to us. Very intelligently crafted and worthy of being on this list of wonderful poems I am reading. BIG congrats.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/17/2016 12:20:00 AM
Thank you dear Andrea. God bless!
Date: 12/16/2016 10:33:00 AM
Congratulations Keith :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/16/2016 5:26:00 PM
Thank you, Gary. And the same to you mate! Nice job.
Date: 7/24/2016 6:08:00 PM
Great rant...here is a boost to get you on a list...a fave
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/24/2016 7:12:00 PM
Is this a pity fave, Tim, because I'm okay with that! Just kidding. Glad you liked. Cheers.
Date: 5/2/2016 1:39:00 AM
Rant of note.... congrats Keith
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Date: 5/1/2016 9:46:00 PM
I see this phenomenon happening in my country, too. Your poem and feelings resonate with my thoughts, too - a small part of it is written in my "Culture Peddle" written so very long ago. Fantastic poem, KT. A very well deserved top placing, indeed! Congratulations!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/2/2016 12:18:00 AM
Thanks Karam. I just read Culture Peddle - very similar themes. I guess we're just a couple of cynics...or realists? Keep safe!
Date: 5/1/2016 12:15:00 AM
Keith, this poem really got me riled up..and then I saw the date....1994. The more things change the more they stay the same. Thanks for submitting this to the contest as I had never seen it before.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/1/2016 8:15:00 AM
Thanks so much John. The world is indeed a strange place. Enjoyed your contest, mate. Cheers!
Date: 4/18/2016 9:48:00 AM
Soupmail :)
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Date: 10/20/2015 11:07:00 AM
Keith, Wonderful win. **SKAT**
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Date: 8/1/2015 9:32:00 PM
I love a good free verse and yours is exceptional.. Congrats on your nice win, Keith!
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Date: 7/27/2015 11:46:00 PM
Yet another superb win Keith! Big congrats!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/28/2015 6:27:00 AM
Thanks again Doc. I do like to get on my soap box every once in a while.
Date: 7/25/2015 11:29:00 PM
Your humanity speaks openly and proudly defiant about the darkness and evil in this world. A great poem my friend. Congrats on your win.A7
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/26/2015 5:13:00 AM
Appreciate your comments Robert. Congrats to you too!
Date: 7/25/2015 11:00:00 PM
KEITH. Congratulations on your awesome win. Love SKAT
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/26/2015 5:14:00 AM
Cheers Skat.
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