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American Dream MAG

By Anonymous

so this is where all the dreaming takes me
to a cold, empty reality
with sleep still in my eyes
shivering, confused, I must’ve overslept
now it’s time to wake up
one last yawn, then face the lies
I’m barefoot and the streets are rough
paved with broken glass
but that’s okay
’cause the land is flowing
with milk and honey
bread and butter
and justice
if you just keep on going ...

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VasilijeN GOLD said...
on Mar. 27 2018 at 3:22 am
VasilijeN GOLD, Tirana, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Eyy uhh ahh ooh lil pomp.
-Lil 🅱️ump

Needs more rhymes

i love this so much!

Iklil BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2017 at 12:02 pm
Iklil BRONZE, Alanya, Other
4 articles 1 photo 16 comments
Interesting and deep......

really is an amazing poem

Fantastic poem,very nice

on Dec. 7 2017 at 2:38 am
justarandom BRONZE, Auckland, Other
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Excuse me but your attitude towards this poem is the complete opposite of what it should be.

calebgaribay said...
on Nov. 28 2017 at 11:01 am
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your trash i hate this

on Apr. 9 2017 at 1:26 pm
HereSheIs BRONZE, Wellesley, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 187 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato

A great illustration of the reality of the American Dream for many. I loved the bitterly ironic allusion to the "milk and honey" myth

on Mar. 3 2017 at 9:14 am
Angelina_Best_Writer BRONZE, Spring Valley, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Suicide isn't cowardly what is, is treating someone so badly that they want to end their lives"

Very great writing piece.

Yld777 SILVER said...
on Feb. 24 2017 at 1:56 am
Yld777 SILVER, Tirana, Other
6 articles 0 photos 22 comments
very nice piece of work!

Patrick82432 said...
on Dec. 20 2016 at 6:47 pm
Patrick82432, Cheektowaga, New York
0 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Where voice had failed
my pen prevailed
and like the winds, became a gale"


Very nice piece, somewhat straight to the point but it holds deep meaning

Edawg1 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 22 2016 at 1:57 pm
Edawg1 BRONZE, Clinton, North Carolina
2 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
To be you, is to be free

very good setup. but you could've gone deeper and in more depth.

on Mar. 31 2016 at 8:09 am
davisaa01 BRONZE, Grandville, Michigan
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I really liked your poem. It's more mysterious and depressing. It leaves a reader wondering, 'What happens next?'

on Oct. 7 2015 at 10:10 am
The_Rarest_PEPE, Houston, Texas
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Great poem it was so good

Calum SILVER said...
on Jun. 19 2015 at 8:15 pm
Calum SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Calum SILVER said...
on Jun. 19 2015 at 8:14 pm
Calum SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
7 articles 0 photos 25 comments
I love your use of metaphors.

on May. 28 2015 at 11:38 am
Benfigueroa BRONZE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything you imagine,Can be as REAL as things you can see."-Unknown

wow, That was great!

on May. 6 2015 at 10:56 am
jaygatsbycastillo SILVER, Hemet, California
7 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never let fear decide your future.

That was...awesome

chepe lew said...
on Jun. 10 2014 at 1:35 pm
chepe lew, Peoria, Arizona
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i loved this book  

mikeywazhere said...
on Jun. 10 2014 at 1:34 pm
i loved this book