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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Political · #1262300
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We all know what will happen:
You will get older and older
And you will be kept alive
longer than any generation.
80 years,
90 years,
100 years you will live,
because you will not die

You will point the blame
To the smokers and polluters,
but you can't fool us:
it was you who smoked
and allowed the polluting
and it will be your old age
that marginalizes our incomes
and forces us to nationalize health care.

We have seen your glory days
in the summer of '69
and we have watched your films
and heard your rhetoric.
It was you who took the credit
when your parents passed civil rights legislation.

And since that time
you have walked around proudly
in a self serving haze,
But it was you in control
as the auto industry folded
as social security went bankrupt
politics turned into a machine
like the Hollywood disease

And you built shopping malls
And prefabricated homes
as test scores declined
and suburbia exploded
as the inner cities rotted
and the carbon levels raised

A desperate child:
wailing against the past
With no vision for the future
As if consumption equals rebellion.

And now you sit in your suburban estate
where the sprinklers water the lawn
and cars park proudly in the drive;
you speak with not a smile on your face
of how you can hardly stomach
what has become of your country

how it is over-commercialized
over-sexed,
drugged, stupid, fat,
weak, shallow,
and overrun with Mexicans;
your son has no backbone
and your daughter is a whore

the seed grows
in any direction
towards sunlight

You have even allowed
what would swore you
would never allow:
another Vietnam
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