Existential Lies and Room Service

By TropicalSnowstorm

Psychedelic, neon studded simplicity at its best...

I've wandered...endlessly it seems...for
some knowledge I could never grasp before.
Ancient cities hold no meaning, like I
thought they would, they're just old...and the
current residents can't deal with the upkeep.

Digitally remastered, copyrighted free thought...

Meditation and search for the inner self...seems
to be only a way to keep the poor masses busy.
Most of the world's philosophies offer nothing,
that's why they're happily tossed away for pop
culture and mass marketed potato chips...they're
empty too...but at least they offer empty calories.

Fuzzy, warm and cuddly scorpions feeding an IV drip...

In some cultures...many based on my experience...it's
easy to mistake "not being direct" for true hospitality.
They aren't so much friendly, as too interested in your
money to tell you what they really think...they'd kill you
for the right price...and engage in willful ignorance when
daughters go "work" in the city...bars pay more than shops.

Deep, existential stiff drink charged to my room...

Hypocrisy's everywhere...no one has the patent on it...but
it's beautiful here and I'm having a blast with you, darling.
The world can burn with injustice, as long as I can wrap
my arms around you...and it's an interesting, friendly place...
but they can't teach us anything we don't already know.

-- by Steve McKennon, Oct. 10, 2004

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Copyright 2004 Steve McKennon
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2004.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • worm On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, worm (1519)By person wrote:

    Steve.. I can't believe I missed this one! as always, your voice speaks brilliantly without subjective criticism about how most will criticize the mundane... from potato chips to hookers working bars, you point the way with GREAT writing... An extra measure of KUDOS for you, my friend! ~worm~

  • Tattoo Goddess On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Tattoo Goddess (1267)By person wrote:

    Well damn. We are all a genetic makeup of a simple byproduct. I love narrative works with a passion; especially, the ones I can vividly see. I honestly see a piece of myself throughout your works, our styles are quite similar. That's awesomeness, I say. *TG Scholar

  • DarkDruidess On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, DarkDruidess (362)By person wrote:

    I totally love it when something by you comes up on random....beautiful.*bows*

  • MercyRain On Tuesday, April 26, 2005, MercyRain (109)By person wrote:

    i gotta say, this is pretty freakin neat... on the surface, it seems like such a jaded piece mellowed out by the ending stanza, but i think the last line is the real kicker here

  • MercyRain On Tuesday, April 26, 2005, MercyRain (109)By person wrote:

    casting off the philosophies and cultures and centuries of wise men and what not, not out of ego, but just simplicty and peace... it's all unneeded dross in the end anyway... like this much

  • island warrior On Thursday, March 17, 2005, island warrior (216)By person wrote:

    This is brilliant,great write

  • A former member wrote: this is such a sermon!...i'm completely lost for words...respect.

  • Lotophagi On Thursday, October 21, 2004, Lotophagi (341)By person wrote:

    "Digitally remastered, copyrighted free thought..." gee I love that line, that really brought me into the poem, the poem as a whole is just that, whole. Thank you.

  • capt_funguy On Wednesday, October 13, 2004, capt_funguy (807)By person wrote:

    like carefree aristocracy self exhiled to the hills of nowhere , sipping between keen observations ... so cosmopolitan ... great , great ,,, funguy

  • KittyStryker On Tuesday, October 12, 2004, KittyStryker (736)By person wrote:

    this is fucking amazing. it's jaded but not really.... double edged poetry. yum.

  • Zhee On Sunday, October 10, 2004, Zhee (539)By person wrote:

    i really liked this... and you're so right.. hyposcrisy is everywhere.. except it wears different disguises to blend in.. lovely work!

  • Seraphic On Sunday, October 10, 2004, Seraphic (237)By person wrote:

    :) I like this, it has a laid back, "I know something you don't" feel to it...that last line, I really like it. great poem *~seraph~*

  • A former member wrote: i agree with girl, you concluded it brilliantly, really have appreciation for the second stanza. great stuff dude, top shelf.

  • girlafraid On Sunday, October 10, 2004, girlafraid (497)By person wrote:

    i like this..it's like you came to all of these somber realizations and shrugged them off...that's what you have to do in order to survive...very interesting work...

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