The Rise of the Imbeciles

Maybe it was because I grew up in an affluent
Suburb in which all the fathers were engineers,
And the schools were first-class, and the harbor
Invited in strangers who were very different
From me. They didn't speak English. They had
Their own gods, their own foods, their own
Views of how things should be, and those views,
When considered could not be dismissed,
At least, not by me, a kid who saw clearly
That this, allegedly virtuous nation, was
Proving, through warfare, subversion,
And everyday subjugation of, where do I
Start?, the blacks, the poor, the queers and
Women, that all of the textbooks they'd fed
Me were wrong. It seemed then that the stupid
Were cowed. They stayed silent, aware that
Their betters would shame them if they
Raised their voices to express their pinched
And ignorant, bigoted views,...but those days
Have ended. The stupid, now proud, now
Darlings of cynical autocrats everywhere,
Speak up and demonstrate. They'll have us
Know that their lack of intelligence, absence
Of knowledge, won't stand in their way anymore.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2020-07-20 at 01:41

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