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There is no difference, the saints whisper and every enemy and ally wake to forever’s difference, that neither knee nor tongue will deny. Doubt bit into Innocence and sold the first coffins wrapped in pride. Creation became a seed – a box filled twofold, when under silt, Eden died. Secular tides engulf their last season to bury God and Baal, synthetic rainbows enlighten treason fulfills the fool’s tale. Escape suffering to bend love to an abstract sum. Detached absurdity when a false bliss is done. Not enough of Earth’s blood to sustain paved veins, a technological flood of isotopes and labor pains. Fiat economies root for the drug and gun, made the bomb’s core hotter than the sun. infusions of contraband’s revenue numbs the inconvenience of sin. A dream’s fence became headstones ensue, declared wars we can’t afford to win. Seeded skies less blue to breathe, the incense of death and device, ivory towers babel and seethe, lies spoil the last grains of paradise. One rich man though licked by the flame, still sees Lazarus as a servant and to those who tear Christ off the Cross to make him the same, Judas still hangs in the shadows. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 10.28.16 Contest: Saints and Sinners Sponsor: Silent One

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Date: 3/7/2017 11:56:00 PM
This is a great poem. *7* We're in a magic time. For what it's worth, I think the U.S. hegemony is in decline, which will be off-and-on a momentous thing. And the world as a whole, humanity can now so easily master.
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Date: 1/31/2017 9:29:00 AM
Rob, you are such a talented poet. This is brilliant writing. I am more than impressed. A fav for me. Lots Of Love, armand.
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Date: 2/4/2017 12:14:00 AM
I am glad the way this one turned out. Thank you Armand for your kind words and for taking the time to read.
Date: 1/10/2017 3:21:00 AM
Amazing piece, Rob. Can feel the horrors of evil! Looking forward to the "arrival of Christ"!
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Date: 1/14/2017 11:43:00 PM
Thank you Susan.
Date: 12/31/2016 6:06:00 PM
I feel your angst about "progress" and learning and and loosing faith. Leaning on technology to save us and how war gets economies out of trouble is a tragic reality of modernity. I really get the eco-consciousness of your poem. I love the lines "Not enough of Earth’s blood to sustain paved veins, a technological flood of isotopes and labor pains" I see much mankind does not examine his notion that earth is nothing more than a resource to be exploited. Thank you for the lovely poem. Toni O.
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Date: 1/1/2017 8:47:00 PM
And the 500+ billion annual drug money that helps the US economy limp to its funeral. The scheme is impressive, it's like the matrix, but they don't have to put us to sleep - we do that ourselves. Thank you Toni for reading & commenting.
Date: 12/23/2016 12:43:00 PM
Rob...this work is so on point!!! I had to fave it!!! Well done!! Deeply stirring and confirming!!! Big Hugggs. Deb
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rob carmack
Date: 12/25/2016 1:58:00 AM
Thank you Deb and Merry Christmas with a hug.
Date: 12/4/2016 4:49:00 PM
wow, what a STRONG poem this is, Rob. Even with all the metaphors and hidden meanings, I pretty much get it! The ending line has great impact. Making me think of the Passion of Christ movie and the way Judas was shown. If this did not win his contest, there is no justice. (come to think of it, I did not win either, but that was more justifiable. haha)
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rob carmack
Date: 12/5/2016 11:43:00 PM
This poem did not place, but I am happy that the contest helped to inspire its creation. Thank you for reading & commenting.
Date: 11/6/2016 1:01:00 AM
This is great, Rob, insightful, and profound, complex, and worth many re-reads. A fave for me, thanks. Good luck. regards, Viv
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Date: 11/6/2016 9:15:00 PM
Thank you Viv.