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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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on Dec. 8 2011 at 10:49 pm
Vacilator BRONZE, Merritt Island, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
No cup of tea is large enough, or book long enough, to suit me.
-C.S. Lewis

Awesome!  The visual this projects is really startling but at the same time, like "Yeah, sorta, totally." 

byebye said...
on Dec. 1 2011 at 8:48 pm
byebye, Nevermore, Other
0 articles 0 photos 250 comments

Great work! I love the rhythm and the language you used here. It's inspirational, really; and I loved it :)

Would anyone consider taking a look at (and maybe commenting?) on my poetry? I have three things in and really need feedback, thx!

on Dec. 1 2011 at 6:17 pm
ElleNicole BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
2 articles 0 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."

Nice job. Check out my stuff?

on Nov. 9 2011 at 5:54 pm
DAN_CER_554 SILVER, Myrtle, Missouri
5 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I get out there and think, 'whatever happens, happens. If i fall, I fall. This is live theater and i am living in it.'"
-Ashley Bouder
New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

I thought it was good while i was reading it. It wasn't until the last line that i was like wow. It struck me and took my breath away. Amazing

JuneTaz said...
on Nov. 9 2011 at 4:06 pm
Think your poem is really unique and realistic too. I especially like how the shortness left me thinking about it. Four stars!

on Nov. 9 2011 at 3:45 pm
ShadowKeeper BRONZE, Rush, Colorado
4 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
Someday everything will all make perfect sense. So for now, Laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason ~ Unknown

I loved the ending!! that is soo true!! Keep writing!!

Miara GOLD said...
on Nov. 9 2011 at 9:15 am
Miara GOLD, Ottumwa, Iowa
16 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.
Dying is a day worth living for.
The problem with being the last of anything is by and by there be none left.

This has no feeling, no meaning.  To write, one must be willing to face something that needs to be faced.  This does not.  You have potential, but this doesn't hit a mark.

on Sep. 26 2011 at 9:06 pm
bpjrobert SILVER, Wakefield, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Veni Vidi Vici"-Julius Caesar

This is great.

manisha SILVER said...
on Sep. 26 2011 at 6:19 am
manisha SILVER, Bangalore, Other
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"i know for sure that what you dwell on is who we become"- Oprah Winfrey

you have a certain way of expressing your thoughts. loved the poem!

on Aug. 13 2011 at 11:38 pm
Exacting SILVER, New York, New York
7 articles 0 photos 1 comment
Interesting how the modern "American Dream" is not the same as in the past. Modern Americans don't really believe in progress. 

on Aug. 13 2011 at 10:34 pm
ishmael_bishop SILVER, Wilson, North Carolina
7 articles 0 photos 6 comments
Wow, after puttting things into perspective, I finally understand "American Dream". Great job!  

A_____ said...
on Aug. 13 2011 at 12:12 pm
A_____, Columbus, Ohio
0 articles 0 photos 133 comments
At first I wasn't sure what I thought about this poem but when I read the ending, that sealed it for me.  You did a really nice job!

on Jul. 27 2011 at 11:21 pm
bookwormjunkie, Dallas, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
WHAT THE HECK?!?!?!?!?!


on Jul. 22 2011 at 7:19 pm
ohheyyyelli SILVER, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
5 articles 3 photos 178 comments
I love this. Especially the ending. You're really talented!

on Jul. 22 2011 at 3:22 pm
Dancingchick BRONZE,
2 articles 0 photos 5 comments
This is beautiful, you write really well. Can you please comment on some of my work? I'd love to hear what you think. Keep writing!

on Jul. 22 2011 at 2:39 pm
Arco_Sine BRONZE, Berwyn, Illinois
2 articles 0 photos 18 comments
As a writer you want to have meaning and not just everyday laundry meaning, real meaning. Have a unique reason to write. If you want to say pretty things, that's good for yourself. But the world needs purpose.

hallie523 said...
on Jul. 19 2011 at 11:13 pm
hallie523, Seattle, Washington
0 articles 0 photos 16 comments
it's about immigrants coming to america in search of the "american dream" of prosperity and justice for all but finding a much harsher reality.

on Jul. 3 2011 at 4:48 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
7 articles 0 photos 275 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.



Shmelmo GOLD said...
on Jun. 30 2011 at 7:30 pm
Shmelmo GOLD, Elma, Iowa
16 articles 9 photos 143 comments

Favorite Quote:
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

This is really good. Awesome job!! Keep it up!

on Jun. 30 2011 at 5:01 pm
RanaHewezi1998 SILVER, Ames, Iowa
5 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I needed to be."
-Douglas Adams

wow dat is amazing