halliburton_curtain
realistic optimist The Halliburton Curtain

When did America become
complacent and cease to care;
just sittiní there in our La-Z-Boy
chairs while activism becomes rare?
I thought the 60ís taught us that
we can do it if we dare:
that we can lay bare the lions
in their lair and expose the unfair!
Did the 90's tear the heart from our
drive to keep the faith alive?
We need to get aware!

'Cuz we're flirtin' with Tim Burton's
Nightmare Before Christmas for certain!
The masses are hurtin' not learnin'
it's Halliburton behind the gas pipeline
in the dirt and the New Iron Curtain
that began back with Kuwait.
Wait! Why do we implicate the bearded ones?
They're just bait. But if we bite,
mankind's fate will be sealed
at a rate whereby it's too late
to vacate the path leading to checkmate.

The masses are sated, and married to
their hate Ďcuz they remember the date
9/11 but don't know why.
They just know they'll stand by
while the Bush regime tries
to let Saddam fry so they can
prop up their guy and get a
piece of the energy pie.
Meanwhile we spy and enforce
no fly zones not recognized
by Iraq with airstrikes.
Who here tonight is willing to die
for a purpose which perpetuates the lie
just so we'll all still buy
stock in Enron?
Not I.

'Cuz we're flirtin' with Tim Burton's
Nightmare Before Ramadan for certain!
The masses are hurtin' not learnin'
it's Halliburton behind the gas pipeline
in the dirt and the New Iron Curtain
that began back with Kuwait.
Wait! Why do we implicate the bearded ones?
They're just bait, but if we bite,
mankind's fate will be sealed
at a rate whereby it's too late
to vacate the path leading to checkmate.

A grand replacement to sticking hands in places we donít understand
is smoothing tears from the face
of the downtrodden man
left to waste away in our homeland.
Who here on hand is willing to stand
and walk hand in hand out of Afghanistan;
look Bush (the presidential also-ran)
in the face and show him that
his God teaches grace and faith in
His plan, and itís not our place to
use their land as our military base
to chase the Taliban:
that this is not how the human
race should be ran?
I am.
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realistic optimist i wrote this in october of 2k1 minutes before rushing off to perform spoken word at my first open mike night. I've revised it a bit since then, and posted it on a webpage complete with links supporting many allegations made throughout the piece, and giving corrolary information. however, to help protect my anonymity, i've decided not to link the website. it's unfortunate that i can not provide the links here on blather, but i suppose i understand that it could cause problems. anyway, i hope you enjoy the piece. 030911
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realistic optimist hrm i guess i composed this in october of 2002. apparently that was many bowls ago... 030911
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misstree this really captures the soul of spoken word, in_my_humble_opinion... it's got that flow, that rhythym that tricks the ear into opening up so strange juices can just be poured on inside. plus, excellent wordings and meaning twists. yup yup. 030912
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