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Saturday, April 16, 2011

CONCENTRATE





CONCENTRATE



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Brick red dust; fine as powder rolling over the fender of a 55 T Bird
Georgia summer clay cracked like the hymen of a virgin in the back seat
A musky aroma hangs around the rearview with fuzzy dice and shades
Desperation is the order of the day but delivery comes only at night
Black leather jackets and white tee shirts; the contrast of night and day
Innocence wrapped up in angst; feeling tough and ready to play
The peas are all picked in the purple field but the flowers haven’t come to pod
Dreams are somethings that are accepted as real like rock n roll and God
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Keys in ignition of a 68 Boss Mustang; engine rumbling like a gurgling ghost
Georgia summer clay soaked with the rain of the times and its tears and war
The air is like the steam inside a pressure cooker and there’s no “pop off” valve
The police are the enemy of freedom when that freedom is freely expressed
Peaceful demonstrations depicted as riots with rubber bullets and tear gas
Experience wrapped up in the mind and memory; the protectors betray.
Fighting a war nobody is for is their way to say the people have no say
The kids are all picked out of our neighbor’s homes and the harvest was ripe
They had begun to speak of revolution! But the minds that came back were quiet
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Today he walks but he doesn’t drive. He walks with a limp from a shell
Georgia summer clay hot as any sunny day he can remember since then
The radio speaks unrest from every corner of the world and he can feel
He can feel everything changing again; he fears evil change this time
Armies of silent people in black clothes watch civilians now…no protests
He’d seen innocence turn to experience but this was something more advanced
The National Guard is not at home where it should be guarding the nation
Subterfuge wrapped up in media packages; sold as propaganda to the masses
They have begun to talk revolution again; look for the concentration camps
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North Carolina poet and musician Fabian G. Franklin invites you to join him on a poetic journey through the soul.