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Pullman 402

September 29, 2014
By Zaraclaylime DIAMOND, Chicago, Illinois
Zaraclaylime DIAMOND, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
So I suppose my simple advice is: Love your life. I only say that because your life is what you have to give.
-Tom Hiddleston

They can't sit still for long

We sit and paint them
With bright, electric colors
Until they swell and float
Like balloons set free
We crane our necks
And watch as they
Disconnect from this world

We fear sameness
And in doing so, conform
World peace becomes
The thief of identity

Those green porches
They reek of complacency
Of defeat

The happiness is tempting
But we were taught that
Strangers and candy
Don't mix as well as
Security and fear

Pullman bred not rebels
But factory workers

The lambs of a godless church

The author's comments:

Pullman Town, an historical landmark in Chicago, was an attempted utopia. I found the modern-day diversity and sense of historical pride amongst the residents incredible. It seemed like a sort of idealist communist community, which caused me to reflect on individuality and society's wariness of conformity.

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