Omne ignotum pro magnifico

By TropicalSnowstorm

What is unknown is thought to be magnificent,
so please indulge me as I share vague imagery
from the safety of my fortress of misdirection
by talking around and around and around and...
Children squeal with heartbreaking laughter as they
ride carousels constructed in a nightmare to teach
them being impaled with mechanized authority can
be beautiful and moving in circles is an adventure.

Just down the hill sits a shack painted white
inside and out, because that is an easy choice
that matches everything to include the plastic
flowers in neat rows that will never wilt away.
The lady who lives there is part chameleon,
so if she invites you in for a beer you never
know if she really means it or if she is
secretly horrified you didn’t know to refuse.

There's a guy up the street that wears a mask
with no mouth so as not to offend with a smirk
or a frown and I wonder if anyone knows who he is
that could give a description if he disappeared.
I marvel at how frequently seductive this approach
seems in a world where so few are truly accepted
for who they are, allowing the absence of love in
others to steal the joy of the sun on their face.

Descendants of dinosaurs tear open a meal to
spread it before them over the ground, but they
get no respect and are chased away with a broom
because now they're just crows feasting on trash.
On the edge is a graveyard with a freshly dug plot
amidst the rows upon rows in the manicured lawn
and the only thing written on the stone is
"Here lies" with no one to be seen standing around.

These are the things that scare me...

-- by Steve McKennon, September 20, 2008

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Published on Saturday, September 20, 2008.     Filed under: "Reflective" and "Poetry"
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  • carlosjackal On Thursday, March 21, 2019, carlosjackal (2649)By person wrote:

    Fear of the unknown, the mystery of magnificence so great, the thought of the merest detail being revealed is pure horror show. So much to chew on with this piece. Great stuff.

  • A former member wrote: This is the only one of your works i have read but I will checking out the rest of them. Amazing job ;]

  • A former member wrote: Good, very nice...keep it up.

  • DarkPoet On Saturday, September 19, 2009, DarkPoet (232)By person wrote:

    A masterpiece! Scholar

  • CharlottesWeb On Friday, February 6, 2009, CharlottesWeb (511)By person wrote:

    I feel your fears as profound in implication but so simple and at hand and you have effectively passed them on to me...or at least highlighted them to a shade I can not ignore. This still hits me hard, I can not leave this poem without a feeling of deep sadness. But for all the darkness this poem brings to my mood, I have to at least touch on how beautifully and eloquently it was crafted.

  • sixsixnine On Saturday, November 29, 2008, sixsixnine (477)By person wrote:

    you sir do not fuck around! this breaks and keeps on breaking hard generational curses that I can only hope come to an end soon. This gave me a rush ~669~

  • freudian-slip On Sunday, September 28, 2008, freudian-slip (239)By person wrote:

    this became a surrealist painting in mind, full of welcoming fear. whoever steve Mckennon is, he must be an interesting person:)

  • Narcissa On Sunday, September 28, 2008, Narcissa (407)By person wrote:

    Ive read this multiple times unable to come up with a comment that could compliment this piece...Ill let you know if one comes...yes Ill be back.

  • A former member wrote: Such a dimensional mind you have, an old soul that recognizes the day and age in which he lives, i've checked out all yr 'graphic art', ... im mostly envious of your courage to experiance beautiful things/people in a not so welcome environment, ... kudos to you, .. may i incorporate the same bravado when my time is upon, ... xcellent write.

  • NikesRain On Friday, September 26, 2008, NikesRain (1287)By person wrote:

    i've read this quite a few times now and still can't pick one favorite part... the whole elicits a strong and thought provoking whirlwind and to take just one line would not do it justice... i love the way your writing moves easily through the mind and emotions familiar yet new at the same time... as always, a pleasure

  • CharlottesWeb On Sunday, September 21, 2008, CharlottesWeb (511)By person wrote:

    This elicits such a profound sadness for me...I guess that is because these things have really already happened. I don't know. Just so sad...

  • Jonas On Sunday, September 21, 2008, Jonas (720)By person wrote:

    i want to do something profane with this, like put it on a t-shirt and wear it for days on end without washing it, constantly bringing it up in conversation and encouraging people to read it. ...this is one of the best bits of writing i've had the pleasure of reading in a long time. ...i may actually do the above.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Monday, September 22, 2008, TropicalSnowstorm (1710)By person wrote:

    : ) I think profanity may be the most sincere form of flattery... thanks! Scholar

  • Alanarchy On Sunday, September 21, 2008, Alanarchy (1207)By person wrote:

    This was a joy to read, man. Thanks for posting.

  • heroineyes On Sunday, September 21, 2008, heroineyes (113)By person wrote:

    did you write this or someone else... it was flowing and a spirit that walks behind you in a haunted house

  • A former member wrote: Troppy is Steve. He wrote it. And he's definitely a walking spirit if ever there was one...damn, that gave me chills and such an inappropriate joy at knowing others get those chills too...

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