Our green god makes the world go around

July 19, 2013 Posted by: Matthew

Down on the earth in the hemisphere west
I have no reason to live, yet something to confess
Everybody sees him, but nobody leaves him
Papery substance is as essential as our seasons.

Fake people manufactured on assembly lines
No emotion or passion, only working for dimes
As the green tornado slashes the fate in our state,
More end up without credit on their plate.

People pulled on strings, a great show at that
Nobody's noticed our brains in a vat?
Conditioned pleasure to wealth, but not overall health
While the loaded budget lies concealed in stealth.

Couldn't follow our forefathers into the drift
Fear of repeating the past, making a great rift
In our nation's values, but do we know
The dam nearby on the verge of blow?

Why not let the bell mean something?
Why are the eagle's wings being clipped?
The American dream will stay asleep,
The vision of morality has been flipped.

Souls being strained, corrupted, consumed,
This is the way of the God in full bloom
Seen it right here, folks, education's going-down
Prices gone up, but I'm not a dunce clown.

Is this how our greed has made us?
Lack of respect, a demolished land thus.
Spirits changing colors clear to envy,
Putting all my hopes out on the table against me.

Is this what others really call freedom?
Isn't this supposed to be the Garden of Eden?
Up upon this big merry go round
Our green god makes the world go around.

Knowledge is nothing,
Treasure is something.
Worshipping the wrong God,
Long live the green fraud,
Cherished in laud.

11 Comments Comments icon

  1. July 25, 2013 at 12:26

    Money makes the world go round as they say . . . but it should not be that way. Very well written poem dealing with issues of our American Society.

  2. July 24, 2013 at 08:19

    Peg -- spoken like a beatnik? :) Matthew: A free market means the freedom to make choices. Some people will make good choices, while others will make poor choices. Those persons who make or earn much money may (but not always) act with a sense of responsibility to others in their community. How would you try to create or instill a sense of voluntary action for others in a community? Great work!

  3. Peg
    July 23, 2013 at 01:23

    The poem could be read by a beatnik, with random drum music behind it.

  4. July 22, 2013 at 03:06

    I can vision this in a poetry slam. Thought provoking, but as challenging as our society may be, how can we independently or collectively make things better?

  5. July 21, 2013 at 06:39

    We spent a lot of time over the past week talking about ways that historical words like 'founding fathers' or 'American dream' can impact our writing. You took those ideas into a deeply metaphorical realm. I was wondering if you were thinking about the budget crisis in education when you wrote this.

  6. July 21, 2013 at 10:11

    Matthew, thank you for your very thoughtful poem. As you point out, our values have been flipped. Your metaphors deepen the contrast between American Dream and effects of greed.

  7. July 21, 2013 at 10:05

    I think even the founding fathers were in pursuit of the dollar. Matthew, what do you think about the millionaires like Bill Gates who give back so much through their foundations?

  8. July 20, 2013 at 08:57

    Outstanding poem. It looks like that we have switched from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of the dollar.

  9. July 20, 2013 at 08:52

    Excellent poem with a very strong statement.

  10. July 20, 2013 at 01:07

    Great poem! It has a varied rhythm but a nice flow overall. The fourth and fifth stanzas set up a nice contrast between America's founding principles and contemporary American society ("couldn't follow our forefathers into the drift," "why not let the bell mean something"). What sort of impending crisis does the "dam" about to "blow" symbolize?

  11. Al
    July 19, 2013 at 11:15

    Another great poem. Well said.

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