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FRAMED

In Văn Chương on 2011/05/10 at 16:42

Framed,

no longer free.

You don’t have to think. I’m told.

 

You’re a consumer

Eat, Drink, Play and pursue of happiness. I’m told

 

The reality is here, on flat screen TV or in youtube

An American idol in one episode

You can have a makeover – thin, sexy, glitz

and have fame, in fifteen minutes. I’m told

 

Have a work ethics [drop other ethics], compete

Don’t be left behind [no child left behind], survivor as an alpha dog

Learn the “rules” [myriad hidden rules]! Climb the ladder [hit class ceiling]!

But, you’re too dumb to learn … I’m told

 

Savage inequalities[1], salvage unrealities[2]

Don’t be such a moralist

be practical, make money, support the war. I’m told

 

Have common sense [by consent] as a patriot

Wave the flag and support the war, a ‘terror’ [terrible] war. I’m told

 

Listen, look, on alert … open eyes, ears [and armory]

Terror, terror, terror plots in the homeland

Secure our borders, barbarians at the gate … I’m told

 

In a land blinded by flashing images:

flesh tones, bling-bling, dreamy looks

death, pain, sufferings buried under, barbarians outside the fence

a failure, uncivilized, unpatriotic. I’m told

 

Flogged, fenced, framed.

Strange fruit[3] hanging from the American dream.

 

Vi Nhân

8-8-2007


[1] Jonathan Kozol, 1992, Savage Inequalities: Children in America Schools, (Harper Perennial, 1992)

[3] A poem was originally written in 1939 by a poet by the name of Lewis Allan (real name Abel Meeropol). A frightening metaphor of how the African Americans were lynched (hanging off trees like fruits) by the whites due to racism and discrimination.

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