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Who are the best minds of my generation?
Who doesn't hitch anymore because we're scared of hick pig-stroking rapists,
and who doesn't hang out?
Who stares at colourful boxes and taps on little buttons and we don't drink on roofs, man.
Who aren't scared of our senators, because we're white, and the current Red Scare's brown?
Who sits on their ass 22.5 hours a day and waits for their little box to glow in the right way?
Who needs calcium pearls, micro-granules and accessorised under-arms, caffeinated make-up, good bacteria and Activium?
Who imbibes ceramides and emulsifiers, nanosome electro-cosmetics, and who takes trichologists seriously?
Who saw the funny side of campaigns for equality, who played the satirist, and who now is too young to get the joke?
Who's afraid to do acid in case they jump out of a window, and who's given up grass because it makes them scared?
Who has sex to make up the numbers, and when's the last time we felt 'as one'?
Who lives under the shadow of the eternal bad guy while we try to replace the freedom we've lost with cars, dolls, smoke and bitter subservience?
Who couldn't throw their watches from the roof of their schools because they had to get to class?
Who doesn't read?
Who pours scorn at digital light waves, and who hopes who will be voted out of their range of vision?
Who can't think of anything more erotic than to sweat in a deafening, poorly lit room, gyrating away the last ounce of their brains before they screw something their eyesight wasn't feeling sober enough to protect them from?
Who longs for millions in a pool, for electric gates, butlers and absolute isolation from the scum of their heritage?
Who's so petrified they need a 360 wide-angle videoview of the world which they can watch from behind glass panels?
Who forced young men into orange jumpsuits and herded them like cattle, chained, and ready to be ridden?
Who read 1984, and got a hard-on?
Who saw your great wave fall back, drowning and choking the hope from our parents and leaving them drones under a mundane queen bee?
Who danced under the light of a thousand streetlamps, spitting, pissing, cumming their last onto cider-stained sidewalk pavements and bus shelters?
Who ran away screaming when confronted with the unlabeled milk-bearing vessel, and who suddenly played the bard against poor plot and dialogue when they saw two cowboys kissing?
Who gave up on thinking representation matters?
Who swore their lives on freedom to ridicule difference, and convinced themselves their acts were noble?
Who demanded lower prices while the un-white world was whipped and beaten and then left to die in a pile of ticked off cuts?
Who threw in the towel of protest, convinced it didn't work?
And who sat in their room, wishing their life was like yours while steadfastly refusing to do anything, instead slowly decaying their minds with a steady stream of numbered boxes, shitty grass, rum, porn and trivial games?
Seriously man.
You've got to see it to believe it.
This is inspired by Ginsberg's Howl, and life as it is today.
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015   Photographer
Brilliant. I can't wait to read more of your poetry.
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merlinspunkster Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love it. Not because it reveals the truth about the sweating, stinking masses but instead because it shows me that I am just another member in the cespool and that fact makes me feel content.
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scmc2789 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Jesus man this deserves way more recollection than it has received thus far.
I think this displays well so many aspects of society that Ginsberg could have never seen coming, and would be shocked to the core about how far of the road we have come. I am also writing a kind of Ode to Howl which is completely different from all the things I have written up to now which have all been kind of just a learning curve to find my own voice like Ginsberg had, and wanted to write something to thank him for setting me back on track and inspiring me to write with my own voice.

I would be honoured if you would allow me to draw some inspiration from some of your lines, because they say exactly what I have been intending to write next. I will give you full credit for anything that sounds too close to 'ripped off' (whatever that means) in my comments below when I post it. In the mean time I will definately be checking out more of your work.

Admiringly (with added kudos), Scott.
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Isiel0503 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Even though my english is not good enough to understand all, but it was powerful enough to make me go through like
gosh... gosh... gosh... gosh... gosh... Gosh... GOSH!!
all over...
good one man... I like it :D
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TheLastJinx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful. i love Howl and i knew the referance straight from the first line. i was nervous at first because i hold Allen Ginsberg in such high respect, but you did a really good job with this. this is truly a great poem. keep up the good work!
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emd1115 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
you are great. such a powerful message and in your face images it was amazing
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lizzysunshine77 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Writer
absolutely beautiful.
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lesucredepasteque Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
wow wow wow wow wow wow wow
powerful images
wonderfully well thought out
goosebumps material
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Koffii Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009   Writer
Beautifully put! I don't think anyone could say it better or with the same underlayed slightly dark humour. How is it that someone with such a wonderful way with words has only now been brought to the dA communities attention?

Anyway, awesome work! And congrats on the DD! It was well-deserved, I'm sure. :)
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xxuglyducklingxx Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009   Writer
Divine Brilliance. You really have a talent. Keep up the amazing work..how is it i have only just now discovered your work?
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phosphorene Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love this.
All the shortcomings of the current generation laid bare...
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Veronikernes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Incredible.
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bankai-czaaaaaa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007   Writer
Ma'm or Sir of Superior Flower Power, I do totally enjoy this poem

You were able to capture Ginsberg's perfect use of free verse without it coming out as flippy and ill genuine.

the only thing I would consider revising about it is I would insert a reference to Walt Whitman seeing as you made the point of making this a somewhat of a modern "Supermarket in California."
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TheObviousChild Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
"Who read 1984, and got a hard-on?" :heart:

I'm speechless.
I love this, wordlessly, overpoweringly.
Ginsberg is the biggest influence in my life, and I know he's be as stilled and shocked and saddened and moved by this as I am.

Really, really great poem.
And where are the Favourites and comments?
Guess he was right when he said "America still doesn't understand."
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