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MACHINES

Sometimes people remind
me of machines.
They go about calling
facts of the task at hand
to mind in bleak
mindless discourse.
We condone convention
to panegyric oaths

mouthed in boredom
by shameless shamans.
"Thanks for a job jolly
well done," becomes our epitaph,
and the joke of history
is, "I think
therefore,
I . . . huh?"
A poem that reeks of my cynicism and discontent.
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seekingmysoul Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
I totally understand this one completely, there are times I feel like that, I like the way its totally open and saying what you felt when you wrote it. Great work!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Thanks, believe it or not, I have a degree in English lit and not art. I concentrated on the Romantic Period poets. :)
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seekingmysoul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
You are welcome, well I really enjoyed it.
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Sara-Fort Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Hey, did I write this? Kidding. I love the message and the cynical edge. I always enjoy your writing.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Thanks, Sara - you know you're too young to be this cynical and jaded. Unfortunately, the incompetent administration of the past eight years had made it possible for MANY young people who can actually think for themselves. :)
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Sara-Fort Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
haha yea...you would think so, but unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) cynicism knows no boundary of age. I live in the same world as you.
Even before the Bush administration, people were still people doing what people do...
:)
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:icondecarabia69:
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Yes, you're absolutely right, but Bush seemed to remove the shame and the mask from being so openly vengeful and corrupt. I've been a devout cynic since the Nixon years and being an equal opportunity cynic have hated the administrations of many Democratic/Liberal Presidents as well.
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Sara-Fort Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
I can agree with that, but there is more to resent other then the government. It's like what Albert Einstein had said:
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Oh you're absolutely right - organized religion is also a pet peeve of mine, and unfortunately in the U.S. they are closely tied together.
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Sara-Fort Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
absolutely, religion is unfortunately tied to everything, not just the government. They have to have their ignorant hand thrust into every aspect of modern society. They are the ones who still want "creationism" taught in hs biology class(as a counterpoint to evolution), as if a vague metaphorical book written by people they have never met in a time before science, has any merit in a science class. Faith apparently is science. Never mind the fact that you can't test the validity of the bible, it must be taught anyway. Hell, I could write a holy book and if I am a good speaker and play my cards right maybe in a couple thousand years(if the earth is still here) I could also be a prophet and be the cause of segregation, hate and wars. Yay!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Ha, ha! We could all pray to the Blessed Virgin Sara. ;)

Have you read the last issue of Newsweek magazine? It's all about the downfall of religious/conservative extremism in this country. IT'S ABOUT TIME! :devilish:
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S3PTIC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
That last part is priceless. :lol:
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I'm really glad you read my poetry. I actually have a B.A. in English, but I still love the visual arts. I guess you can tell I'm pretty cynical, huh? :)
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S3PTIC Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
No problem.

I'm not surprised, I often find myself thinking what well written comments you leave compared to what I usually come across. Admittedly that's not a high bar to pass though between the chat speak and the douche bags who dig out an outdated thesaurus an attempt to sound intelligent.

Yes, I picked up on that cynical view you have, it shows in your art. :nod:
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Thanks for your kind comments, and I suppose since I'm ordinarily attracted to very cerebral art, I feel it's a disservice to the artist to simply leave a comment like, "the colors are nice."

Sometimes I wonder if I'm not too verbose. :)
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Iamaliel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
awesome.. so true!
I always thought that we are robots.
We do really stupid things.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Yes, and many of those stupid things are done for the stupidest reasons: apathy, inattention, culture, tradition, religion, money, power and hatred.
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Iamaliel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
holy words.. the materialism is our bible.
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn don't you just hate when you lose your trian of thought like that cool you can write you got yourself some that there book learning ;) sorry have not pulled your chain in a while
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Huh? ;)
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol oh dear
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
I think it is far better to be cynical than naive. I speak from experience. Nice style and fine flow in the piece.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
You're right, Rakesh, it's far more difficult to take advantage of a cynic than it is someone with no experience. Thanks for your nice comment. :)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
You're welcome:).
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England9 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cynics of the world Unite!!!!

OK I will be the honest one here and admit that I had to break out the dictionary for the word "panegyric"
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Heheh, now you've got to figure out a way to use it in an everyday sentence. :)
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Handie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're not cynical or discontent, are you? I'd never noticed! ;)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
You probably didn't notice because of all the cute anime figures in my gallery. ;)
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Handie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That must be the reason. I'm often distracted by the cute and fuzzy bunnies too ;)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
. . . don't forget all my fan art of Holly Hobby and Strawberry Shortcake. ;)
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audreyxl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hmm machines, I hear that.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Yep! Take away the routine, the mindless chatter and that overbearing self-assurance and what have you got? An empty shell.
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought I'd have to keep a dayjob while my plans for world dominance were in the works... engineering might've been a better career choice than I'd anticipated.

:mwahaha:
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Yes, you'll be able to work in either medicine OR engineering. :)
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll tell that to the guy on whom I'm performing open heart surgery as soon as he wakes up.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Heheh, don't forget to tell him to inhale two puffs of WD40 twice daily to lubricate his lung pump. ;)
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I shall...the second he wakes up...hmm, he seems's to've lost his charge, I'm going to hook him up to a car battery for a while see if he comes around.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Hey! Don't hook up his testicles - Obama is closing Gitmo. ;)
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Marylouue Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Testicles, feh. I'll go for the nipples thankyou.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
But that might actually be "fun" to some people. ;)
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Chyme12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Your cynicism does you credit.
Reminds me of the question,

"What is the definition of a paranoid?"

Answer; "Somebody in possession of ALL the facts!"
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thanks, and I'll go along with that definition! :)
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