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American Gods

Old gods lie abandoned
Battered in the bloody dust
Left without a second though
As their clergy arrives here

Given up for American Gods
The god of credit card
of internet, of gossip
The god of celebrity
of entitlement, of pharmaceuticals,
of casual sex

The deities of Tele-(vision and phone)

Do those old gods survive?
The god of virtue
of creativity, of inspiration
The god of life
of history, of health,
of love

The deities of our fathers

Do you remember them?

Athena lies dead
Ravaged by internet

Hermes, quick wit
Done in by highway

Osiris sleeps, bound
Held by the magics of chemistry

Zeus, thunderstruck
Power grids hold him

Tyr lost his other hand
In the blast of an atom bomb

Ares yet thrives
Wandering the middle east and Africa

Aphrodite enslaved
In the eyes of Hollywood

Cellphone spreads the word
Television is communion
Internet the bible
Banks, your churches
Convenience your reward

The backwards ways
Of the gods of old
Scorned by the laity
Of the American Gods

The monuments of laser light
The gospel of the anchorman
The oracle of stockbrokers
The true cross of video
Even the saints of industry

They claim to preserve
No oil, no meat, no impact
Yet their forefathers die

Your American Gods
Have come to save you
From creativity
From having to think

Twinkies, the body
Coke, the blood
For the concealment of sin

Those American Gods
Start a mission in Europe
Another in China
As the spirits flee

The American Gods
Fight for dominance
To become
The Modern Gods

they hunt down resistors
Through GPS
They destroy them
Through anti-psychotics

Those Modern Gods
Like AIDS and Internet
Invade the world
Of the fallen gods




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Butterfly_Fly_Away said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 12:36 am:
I love it michael :) very true in all senses
 
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mandapanda9736This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm:
Here I am returning the comment: I quite loved this, it was very unique. I myself take a mythology/Latin class, so I really enjoyed seeing a writing including the old-as-age dieties themselves, nobody seems to care about them anymore. You have wonderful description and ways of conveying words into an easy-to-read form that is yet mature at the same time. keep up the good work!
 
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crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm:
This poem was rather interesting, and overall it is quite good.  I enjoyed the smooth revelation of the idea behind the poem; the juxtaposition between the names of the various Gods / Goddesses and modern means of destruction (i.e. the atom bomb) was unique and effective.  The poem had a smooth flow and rhythm throughout.  One piece of critique though – I would suggest trying to replace the word “Gods” with another word on occasion, particularly in the last ... (more »)
 
The-Mentalist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm :
I considered it but I really think that the chages in language would break up the impact I was trying to create in the piece. Though I do tend to try and not use the same word twice unless it's intentional.
 
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm :
Hm, yes, I can understand that.  It really wasn't a big deal though, it is still one of my favorites on the site.
 
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Angel of sadness said...
Jan. 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm:
You are so right. Everything old and prescious has become ineffective and worthless. It's the perfect poem on the current downfall of our world. Keep writing.
 
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Scare001 said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm:
Going to start a poetry contest in groups, hoping you could possibly join and maybe even be my partner in it. Contest will be in contests forum.
 
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skybird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 11, 2009 at 10:28 am:
Have you read the book by Neil Gaiman? It's awesome. Really great job with imagery-love the bit about what's happened to all of the old gods.
 
Michael replied...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm :
I'm reading now actually.
 
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The-Mentalist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm:
I don't think we've become cruel, just affectless.
 
firefly116 replied...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm :
I think apathy is the real bane of our modern society. (great poem btw, loved the descriptive vocab.)
 
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lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm:
Whoa!! You know a lot about how the world has become so cruel. This is truly amazing. I couldn't have put this all together in a poem. Great job!
 
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