Mowed Down Dreams

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, Kerry Says ~ It’s Blowing in the Wind
Our Challenge today is to select a line or lines from the work of Bob Dylan, and use it as the spring-board for a poem. The words themselves do not have to be included in the body of the poem, but merely as a reference, but I leave the creative decision-making up to each writer. 

Masters of War

Bob Dylan, 1963

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy,
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy –
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes,
Then you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

Most people are toys
made and manipulated
by those with wealth.
Do you honestly think
anyone in America
can grow up to be President?
If you don’t have the funds,
you are never going
to be a top gun. Top guns
have run of the country,
amassing more as they build
high-rises, casinos, playgrounds
for the rich. It’s a bitch,
but true. They determine costs,
directions, and wars. Poor little
tin soldiers on a battle field
of their dreams. Moving around
the squares, until there are few
left to tell their unvarnished tales
of horror. But, new babies are born
every day to take their places. Shiny
new toys, not yet broken.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Mowed Down Dreams

  1. Jim says:

    I like this, Sarah. Poor little babies to grow up is right, life it tough. Nice post, I won’t argue one bit. I’m really hard on some today also, Dylan style.


  2. This is way too true… Funds and power walks hand in hand…

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  3. Kerry O'Connor says:

    This is so on point, Kim.. Really excellent commentary.


  4. Helen Dehner says:

    Mighty powerful, mighty powerful!


  5. says:

    amen sister

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