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Nations

National days of celebration leave me ambivalent at best

Happy enough to enjoy the music

But troubled by jingoistic patriotism and superlatives

We don’t have to be the best

It seems small-minded

Probably says more about our insecurities than anything else

Nation states are simply concepts that will disappear in time

They aren’t natural

In the future it will seem quaint to remember a time

When imaginary lines divided the planet

And flag waving patriots cheered their supremacy

Forgetting that capitalism knows no borders

Or that the oppressed take no shelter in flags

 

 

David Trudel  ©  2013

 

 

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Spectacle

Let the games begin

Just as two thousand years ago

The roman crowds were dazzled

Bread and circuses

And we are sucker punched

We suck it all in

Forgetting missile strikes against civilians

Forgetting melting glaciers

Drought

Riders of the apocalypse

It’s pretty

Dazzling

We’re about as smart as a kitten

Playing with a ball of wool

Even if it’s the trademark rings

We’re dupes

But we watch it anyway

Drawn moths to watch the flames

That burn away

Consuming our humanity

Tonight

Watching jingoism conspire with competition

To engender a distraction

While the world hurtles down the path

Destruction

Alarm

But we anticipate a good medal count

Which will trump survival

When it comes down to it

Here

In your lazyboy, tonight

David Trudel  © 2012

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