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From The Hilltop

July 2, 2011
By TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
7 articles 0 photos 51 comments

From a bluff above the countryside
They’ve set a camera up
And as their cassette flickers on the screen the neon lights flare up

And then that Arizona sheriff
Said, “Mr. Obama, build this wall!”
Holds his magnifying glass on ant hills
Until the day he gets the call
Then he rides the welfare crutches
Into the downtown clinic’s universal clutches
To cure the tumor in his skull

Now there’s pirates in the suburbs
The Aliens work the farms
Weasels dodge shots with no cover
Holding Bibles in their arms
By the terrace on the corner
There’s a poor man with a cup and song
He’s been mingling with the pigeons
Asking where the bread has gone… From the hilltop

And in the dormant Capitol Building
The smell of bacon wakes the suits
While the Tea Pot kettlers sound the drumming
Pull up your shorts and strap your boots
And then the masks fall to the pavement
And you realize what the whole campaign meant
Do they look familiar to you?

And the women on the corner
Are in the dressing room tonight
The comics shake their purses
While the Bishop takes a light
Your money lives with pandas
While you have plastic bags for shoes
And the local summer squatter
Is now sharing sleep with you… From the Hilltop

If you can call that generosity
It’s all they could construe

Now the Yemen bombs fly free Southwest
On board B-2’s to Chicago
But the Security men can’t be sure
If you’re the passenger or cargo

And while rewinding back to Y2K
They see discrepancies on the Flight Log
While the two-term man’s laughing it up
They see it’s an inside job

They said they saw the Inside Job
They said they watched the market fall
They said they see Tom Brady

They said they saw it all… From the Hilltop

The author's comments:
An attempt in school to out do Walt Whitman who I criticized heavily for what I saw as flat poetry.

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on Aug. 16 2011 at 9:26 am
Odessa_Sterling00 DIAMOND, No, Missouri
87 articles 108 photos 968 comments

Favorite Quote:
All gave some, some gave all. -War Veterans headstone.

Great job on this!  Could you check out some of my short stories?

on Aug. 6 2011 at 12:04 pm
-daydreamer- SILVER, Smyrna, Tennessee
6 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe.... Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." ---Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society"

This is an incredibly interesting poem and I love it. Haha I wish I had your ability to take what's going on in the world and turn it into poetry. It all just flows together perfectly! This is great, keep writing please!

on Jul. 17 2011 at 10:35 pm
musicispassion PLATINUM, Perris, California
35 articles 0 photos 735 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Life is never easy for those who dream."
There are so many other quotes i need pages to write them

intresting and fantastic u should listen to qui133 it would be a great slam

on Jul. 15 2011 at 11:53 pm
__horizon133 PLATINUM, Portage, Michigan
26 articles 0 photos 232 comments

Favorite Quote:
"laugh, and the world laughs with you. laugh hysterically, and for no apparent reason, and they will leave you alone." anonymous

by the way, what's the deal with Jeffery Robinson?

on Jul. 15 2011 at 11:47 pm
__horizon133 PLATINUM, Portage, Michigan
26 articles 0 photos 232 comments

Favorite Quote:
"laugh, and the world laughs with you. laugh hysterically, and for no apparent reason, and they will leave you alone." anonymous

you are a wicked, wicked social critic, TAR11. i had to google half the references but it was worth it. i am incredibly glad to have read your work. get this published. read it at a slam. become a revolutionary leader. maybe you are already. eitherway, i will recite the empty phrase that has become a mantra in itself here on this website: great work.

on Jul. 15 2011 at 8:15 pm
Laura_Oliver GOLD, Manchester, Connecticut
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I've never read a poem about relating to politics. Somehow, this works out really well, though.

I love it! Thank you for pointing it out.


TAR11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 15 2011 at 8:21 am
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
7 articles 0 photos 51 comments
Yeah I agree. I try to write about things that have not been done a million times before.  Thanks for the kind words. 

Captain56 said...
on Jul. 14 2011 at 9:29 pm
Captain56, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
What's Cheese? Corpse of milk?

This is really great, but I have a feeling it's going to go over a lot of the people on teen ink's heads.  Most people on here are to concerned about their relationships to grasp the plane that you're on with this genius! 

TAR11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 14 2011 at 5:30 pm
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
7 articles 0 photos 51 comments
Thank you!  I have a few fiction articles pending. 

BooFr said...
on Jul. 14 2011 at 4:54 pm
BooFr, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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Wow, I really like this.  I think I get all of the allusions and everything too!  Nice social commentary. 


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