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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 Aug. 26 2010 at 10:50 am
QuixoticDreamer SILVER, Birnamwood, Wisconsin
5 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Food for thought requires a mind with teeth. -The Two Princesses of Bamarre

The imagery captures the irony well. Not many people are willing to face-let alone write about- the lies that make up the stereotypical American dream.

Nicely done!

on Aug. 10 2010 at 2:30 pm
poeticspirit12334 PLATINUM, Groesbeck, Texas
23 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
Wearing a Christian T-shirt, and a cross necklace does NOT make you a Christian. , "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord "They are plans to give you a hope and a future.'' Jeremiah 29:11

this is ssoosososososoossoso good!! i love this!

on Aug. 4 2010 at 12:26 pm
KourtneyBriann BRONZE, Niles, Michigan
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I'll swap u stories!! Ur comments for mine!!! Thanx (:

on Aug. 4 2010 at 12:23 pm
KourtneyBriann BRONZE, Niles, Michigan
1 article 0 photos 90 comments
I love it! Great job person of America. Plzzzzzzzz give me some feedback!!! Thanx (:

Lucy(: GOLD said...
on Aug. 4 2010 at 11:57 am
Lucy(: GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
18 articles 0 photos 31 comments

i totally agree with this poem, it has so much meaning that most amreicans don't understand.

i love the voice you have in it. (:

on Jul. 28 2010 at 2:42 pm
bbygurl21 PLATINUM, Boston, Massachusetts
29 articles 0 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
sticks n stones my brick my bones but words cant

this is beautiful i love it can you comment some of my work please

qekelly1 GOLD said...
on Jul. 20 2010 at 5:00 pm
qekelly1 GOLD, Wayne, New Jersey
16 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
if you do what uve always done, you'll always get what youve always gotten


on Jul. 13 2010 at 10:58 pm
everthought BRONZE, Vancouver, Other
1 article 13 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"forever is the new now"

Not bad at all

lulubee22 said...
on Jul. 13 2010 at 12:46 pm
This is so beautiful! I especially love the last two lines...great job! oh and please check out my work everyone

on Jul. 13 2010 at 12:46 am
BekkahsLoopy GOLD, San Jose, California
10 articles 4 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Keep looking forward; don't look back."
"To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

one word: powerful.

on Jun. 25 2010 at 5:17 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2206 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

Interesting. The image I got from this poem was of an orphaned boy, barefoot and in tattered pants. You're good.

on Jun. 21 2010 at 9:52 pm
InkDance PLATINUM, Sylvania, Ohio
31 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
The only difference between highschoolers and preschoolers is that preschoolers get naptime.

I absolutely love this piece because I think it captures the sardonic humor of America, and it's amazing to me tat you could do it in so few words. I can't really express how much this poem embodied to me...the fact that we're the strongest but the cruelest. 

M2M4life:) said...
on Jun. 21 2010 at 8:38 pm

i love the feel of it.. the desolation && the anger but the hope at the end. it makes it so beautiful



on Jun. 21 2010 at 5:07 pm
star-gazing-dreamer GOLD, Pittsgrove, New Jersey
11 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it,
except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
~ Thomas Kempis ~

pretty. wow.

on Jun. 21 2010 at 10:50 am
livsinthecity SILVER, Toronto, Ontario
6 articles 13 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love means never having to say you are sorry.
-Erich Segal (in Love Story)

its v.well worded keep up the good work

chek out my work as well??

on May. 30 2010 at 9:47 pm
collegegirladventures GOLD, Mequon, Wisconsin
10 articles 8 photos 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

~Salman Rushdie

same with me. i thought it was only me: i kind of get it, but it leaves me still wondering what it exactly what it means or what the author is trying to explain what it means to him/her. but i still like the poem though.

on May. 30 2010 at 8:53 pm
nicole3324 BRONZE, Lasvegas, Nevada
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am a LOVER not a FIGHTER but I will FIGHT for what I LOVE

that is so true and so amazing rock on and keep writing

on May. 30 2010 at 8:06 pm
Jonathan_Peraza SILVER, Lilburn, Georgia
9 articles 1 photo 8 comments
When I read the title of the poem I instantly though of the song Hollywood by Marina and the Diamonds, but this poem was completely different, in a good way :) Luved it :))

on May. 30 2010 at 7:51 pm
olympian-queen, Charleston, South Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
Yesterday is history. Tommorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift that's why they call it the present.

i actually liked this poem. the concept was nice and the word choice fit the idea of this poem.

i just wish it were longer.

on May. 30 2010 at 11:52 am
luv2swim BRONZE, Corona, California
3 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For every beauty there is an eye to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."
-Ivan Panin

wow, that was amazing!! I love the way you portrayed all that a person can face in just a day! Keep writing! Please read my piece!! It's my first piece on this website and i want to know how you like it. Please read mine and comment!!!