Illustration courtesy of Frits Ahlefeldt, Public Domain

“I suspect there will never be a requiem for a dream, simply because it will destroy us before we have the opportunity to mourn its passing.” Hubert Sibley, Jr., Requiem for a Dream

Our scripts poorly written, poems stillborn.

Our music silent. Impoverished souls.

Victims of that

glib dreamscape of Madison Avenue

and Wall Street parvenu, preachers too-

We have lost our muscle and

they have built for us an iron lung.

Using it well, they line their pockets

with the gold of crippled spirits –

While we, the pedestrian heroes of

blue Mondays, stale “Pastor says” Sundays,

and Christmas at the mall, where

manufactured dreams are sold –

we buy-in, shop dead, and

are swallowed whole.

© 2011, Jamie Dedes


In this week’s poems tell us about values gone awry.

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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

 The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton


  1. Dis=Gusto

    What are the lessons mothers taught
    when what they said was not for nought

    “Family is important, Charlie” was Mrs Manson’s word

    “You are what you eat,” is what Jeffrey Dahmer heard

    “Find a nice girl,” Ted Bundy’s mom said,
    “You’ve got the looks to knock ‘em dead.”

    “Don’t play alone”, said Virginia to Billy
    Play the her – monica, and watch your willy.”

    “Work you body and open up more,”
    Mrs.Weinstein said to Harvey as he went out the door

    Mrs Crosby said,“Share your Jello, Bill,”
    “And accept some help from oblivious Camille.”

    “Don’t listen to others’ opinions,” Mary Anne told Donnie
    “Your voice trumps them all even when you sound funny.”

    So much wisdom distorted, misused
    History is only very old news.

    So mothers be careful, what comes from your mouth
    You never know when it could all go south.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Oh my! This was a fun read and quite thought provoking! Is it really the mother’s fault though or that men/boys/people tend to hear what they want to hear? Or maybe the one voice of Mother is overshadowed by the numerous voices of society that still champions toxic masculinity? Your rhymes and rhythm are on point!

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  2. Spelling Bee…..

    Please spell AWRY.
    : not straight or neat
    : not working correctly
    : not happening in the expected way
    : off the correct or expected course
    : in a turned or twisted position or direction

    AWRY:a sentence?
    “If one or another part of this progression goes awry,
    there are sufficient compensating processes
    in the average social environment”.
    “Because each assumption requires extra tests,
    fewer assumptions mean a smaller probability
    that the assumptions go awry.”
    AWRY: A- W- R- I
    WRONG! be seated.

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  3. Change comes quickly

    Sweet melodies,
    Obsessive love,

    all around awry

    warnings not taken
    deaths, tragedies,
    horrors, starvation
    clouding our vision,

    Peggy Lee singing,
    “Is that all there is.”

    of love and war
    cancelling each other
    regrets to late
    to regret
    no time to run.
    Its done.

    Jen Goldie

    Liked by 3 people

  4. .moving on.

    moving on from the last verse of girly looking

    after girly, we stopped at the jeweller’s window.

    the assistant, neat looked bore & very clean. the

    rings were three thousands and more.

    enough to take her home and more.

    “yes sir you may buy the ring, for a
    thousand pounds, or choose to save
    her life”

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  5. Thanks Jamie

    .the prize.

    the prize came as unexpected

    a big building enough to house

    the poor, the homeless the dis

    possessed. it was tea and

    i felt sick

    i will rather give the money away

    the added value of the food. ritz.

    crackers. that bread can cost so much

    spread with regular stuff cut thin

    the waiter smiled ; i noted his shoes

    an honest worker like me

    alongside they enjoyed the moment

    without the anxiety of my chest where

    reparation fails. this is the promise

    the outcome of a difficult day

    Liked by 3 people

  6. up up and awry

    when a man is hacked to pieces
    while still alive and
    the murder was suborned
    by a royal
    and small fry are arrested
    and the big shot walks
    and another big shot says
    in effect
    and the world takes five minutes’
    and shrugs–

    decency has taken a powder
    ethics is in A locked chest in the attic
    and kindly is an uncomfortable party guest
    who gets hints to leave
    from the big boy host

    Liked by 4 people

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