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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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This article has 160 comments.

on Jun. 30 2011 at 10:42 am
Follow your course.let others to say.

on Jun. 30 2011 at 4:49 am
stormblade85 GOLD, St. Cloud, Florida
12 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

Good job on the poem. It's great, and the imagery is simple, but effective. For that, I give you five stars. :)

on Jun. 8 2011 at 8:00 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.

WOW...5 stars all the way! :) This poem was amazingggg! I loved it so much! Also, if anyone has time, please check out and comment on my poem, The Girl Inside...THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

on Jun. 8 2011 at 5:10 pm
bookwormjunkie, Dallas, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 17 comments

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

i liked it, but i really didnt understand it. must've been that im too young to really comprehend it[going to 8th grade]but yea. ITS REALLY GOOD NEVERLESS!!XD

on Jun. 8 2011 at 6:44 am
K.M.S.Shear BRONZE, Cherokee, Iowa
2 articles 0 photos 57 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some people think writing is a waist of their time. For me it’s a way to draw an image of myself through the painting of words."

i liked it


on May. 20 2011 at 2:37 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

I love it. 

reblep GOLD said...
on May. 17 2011 at 8:27 pm
reblep GOLD, Chester, Connecticut
11 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
the sun through my window, warming my skin...

<3 love it!

on Apr. 3 2011 at 11:15 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

i loved this!! and it was so nicely written!! :)

on Apr. 3 2011 at 8:07 pm
Courtttt BRONZE, Norwalk, Ohio
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you want to see me, you must be quick. If you want to catch me, you must be fast. If you want to beat me, you must be kidding!" (; annnd, "Beauty is skin deep; Ugliness is bone deep" ♥

I loved it :) made me really reflect! i'm sort of a dark-poem kinda person, and i liked the line "one last yawn, then face the lies." greatt! :)

on Apr. 3 2011 at 12:37 pm PLATINUM, Tosa, Wisconsin
24 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into a void, and that oblivion is inevitable... and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Augustus Waters


jelyann s. said...
on Mar. 24 2011 at 1:32 am
The “American Dream” has many tenets, one of which is <a title="Skeptics doubt worth of homeownership as investment"">homeownership</a>. A growing number of well qualified experts are starting to openly and notoriously challenge home ownership as an investment, as they assert it doesn't hold up to scrutiny as a severe investment. There's a mounting body of evidence the doubters are right.

on Mar. 12 2011 at 1:14 pm
Little-Irish-Girl SILVER, Muskego, Wisconsin
7 articles 0 photos 60 comments
Thats exactly how I feel when I've just woken up from a really great dream. It's like you think your in that world but your not and when you finally realize that it's like ugh!! back to reality and my messed up life. plus you really wish you could fall back asleep and go into your dream again but you can't so you just keep on going and try to make the best of everything. that was really well written and great job- :)

on Jan. 27 2011 at 10:44 am
XxHeavenlyxTouchxX BRONZE, South Carolina
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment
I honestly think you could help me with my work I'm kinda new to this poetry thing. But I find  myself liking it more and more each day...

on Jan. 5 2011 at 10:47 pm
smilesunshine PLATINUM, Puyallup, Washington
34 articles 4 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you're lucky enough to be different from everyone else, don't change to be the same." ~Taylor Swift

This is really good. It makes me think of the homeless people. Which is sad, but it's touching. I like it! Good job! :)

on Jan. 5 2011 at 8:12 pm
Basketball23 SILVER, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
8 articles 13 photos 487 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm living in a shell with no soul" -Three Days Grace (World So Cold)
"Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned" -Avenged Sevenfold (So Far Away)

Wow this is amazing

on Jan. 5 2011 at 6:59 pm
foreveroctober GOLD, Pompton Plains, New Jersey
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile." - The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

This is excellent! Truly brilliant! Hey, could you look at some of my work? My newest poem is "It Waits For You." Thanks! Again great job!

on Jan. 5 2011 at 2:39 pm
This is brilliant. A beautiful description of what that "AMerican Dream" has turned into. As you said its depressing that now all it is, cement, and broken glass.

on Dec. 14 2010 at 10:14 pm
Lilacs_Smell_Wonnerful PLATINUM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
40 articles 2 photos 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
When life gives you lemons make grape juice. Then sit back and watch everyone look at you in amazement. :)

Wow. That is really good, and true. I love it.


on Dec. 14 2010 at 5:16 pm
BelieveInIt4ever BRONZE, Omaha, Nebraska
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Friends are the ones who help you up when you fall down. True friends are the ones who laugh at you and trust that you will still be there for them.

Wow. I just made an account, and this is the most amazing thing I have read so far!

Hollyss SILVER said...
on Dec. 14 2010 at 4:06 pm
Hollyss SILVER, Stafford, Virginia
8 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Fiction reveals what reality obscures"-Jessamyn West
"You can't leap a 20-ft chasm in 2 10-ft jumps."-Anonymous

I really liked this! It had the kind of tongue-in-cheek witt that I absolutely love.