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I Hear School Sing

June 11, 2014
By linnchaplin GOLD, Fort Lee, New Jersey
linnchaplin GOLD, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. The important thing is not to stop questioning. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. -Einstein

I hear the school singing, those of drones I breathe,
Those of dungeon masters – each a jeering body, as it always is, shadowed and sacked,
The guards singing his, as he idles in the holes, holes everywhere and near,
The eyelockers singing his, as he wanes; or stations for the Next Big Thing,
The cardholders singing of 1’s and 0’s, fingers ticking on codes and nerves,
The noble trashes’ anthem – the keepers, on their way in the dawn, or at late night, or at your side.
The rigid trashes singing of each other – or of the torn boy within you, and within the girl, crawling and rotting –
Each singing what is taken and belongs to none else,
The time what belongs to the time – everywhere the final stance of bygone comrades,ambitious, naïve, soul-searching, singing with masked voices, masked thoughts.
What? Your voice shall not be heard,
your voice is mine, and mine yours.

The author's comments:
A parody on Walt Whitman's I Hear America singing.

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