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That greedy glint in the eye of the fooled, the eye of the lost

my heart left in the home of the tricked

What does it take for them to wake up?

to stop selling their fortunes

for the land of milk and honey, the land

where the streets are paved in gold

the lies told to lure them

What will it take before the tales

of fools are replaced with the folklore

of the ancient, the contentment of the

indigenous? What will it take for the

mad hatter to end his greedy voyages

into the hearts of the innocent?

I am ravaged like the forests of the Amazon!

Ravaged like the tombs of Egypt!

Where do the tombs rest now? In the land

of the greedy, the violent, in the land of the weeping.

 I am ravaged like the exiled

 ravaged like the land of the tricked

ravaged like the heart of the fool.


© [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Alone in my past

being alone I’m looking for you

it never arrives it must not be true

no sense in worry we all dredge on

new doors open , others foregone

I try  understanding , but can’t see thru

it wasn’t our time for me or you

this tunnel I’m walking is widening out

the light gets brighter , life starts to sprout

the old falls off , I’m starting to peel

my body sits dormant , and now I heal

if what I feel , or love ever comes near

thumping of my heart I’m sure will appear

looking before me can’t always be done

I’ll take my time , this time I’ve won



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