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George Potter

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They Took The Mask Off
« on: April 19, 2005, 12:56:56 pm »


They took the mask off and
children burned,
and I ran outside
and vomited in the yard
and my dad picked the TV up
ripped it from the wall
and hurled it through a window
and said
in a dead cold voice:
"America has ended."

(He used to say "the American people"
and you could hear the pride.
Now he says "the American people"
and all you can hear is disgust.)

You were wrong, Mr. Elliot.
The world does not end
with a bang or a whimper.
Some worlds end
with the unheard screams
of children burning alive
inside a church.
 
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Sharon A

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2005, 06:57:15 pm »

:(

You were wrong, Mr. Elliot.
The world does not end
with a bang or a whimper.
Some worlds end
with the unheard screams
of children burning alive
inside a church.


Makes my heart ache, hon.  

Sharon A
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Bill St. Clair

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2005, 07:10:02 pm »

I wasn't really watching when Waco happened in 1994, not yet really in the world. It was one of the movies, maybe "Rules of Engagement" that brought it home to me. When I saw the FLIR video, and realized that they were machine-gunning the people who were attempting to run from the burning building, I sobbed uncontrollably for a whole minute. Or maybe two.

I don't know whether to thank you for bringing it back, but it's gotta be done. And, man, you brought it back in so few words, and in such stark relief.
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"The state can only survive as long as a majority is programmed to believe that theft isn't wrong if it's called taxation or asset forfeiture or eminent domain, that assault and kidnapping isn't wrong if it's called arrest, that mass murder isn't wrong if it's called war." -- Bill St. Clair

"Separation of Earth and state!" -- Bill St. Clair

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2005, 01:11:02 pm »

Bill St. Clair blogged this yesterday, which is cool.  But he got the author wrong.  George, might want to get him to correct that.
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George Potter

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2005, 09:01:00 pm »


LOL. Just saw this, and noticed that Bill is reading it as well. Not a big deal. It's a link, and the byline stands.

And it's no shame being mistaken for the General. ;)
 
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2005, 09:03:41 pm »

Oops. Sorry about that. Fixed. I think I'm still too young to blame senility, so I'll claim that I'm the absent-minded professor type. :)
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"The state can only survive as long as a majority is programmed to believe that theft isn't wrong if it's called taxation or asset forfeiture or eminent domain, that assault and kidnapping isn't wrong if it's called arrest, that mass murder isn't wrong if it's called war." -- Bill St. Clair

"Separation of Earth and state!" -- Bill St. Clair

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2005, 01:47:52 am »

So this is one of the reasons why Claire was amazed at what was going on in the Writer's Block.  Thanks George.
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2005, 09:41:18 am »

George, my computer is dead; I'm on another one so this is brief.  That piece is awesome.  I cannot find  Bill's  blog on this computer. TS  Eliot  (just one 'L' )

   I  loved  the poem!   Thank you mucho.

Salute!
Elias

Edited  to add that  I was able to get to Bill's blog after  all. :)
« Last Edit: April 23, 2005, 09:46:56 am by Elias Alias »
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