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What You Are Going To Do

March 13, 2012
By Joshua. GOLD, Las Vegas, Nevada
Joshua. GOLD, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
"So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?" - Hunter S Tompson

Dear youth,

What are you going to do?
What are you going to be?
Let me clear it up for you
Let me help you see

You are going to pick up
To hang up
To wash up
To clean up

To be cleaners
To be janitors
To be picker-uppers

To clean up this mess left to you
By your fathers
And by your mothers

What are you going to do?
What are you going to be?
Let me tell you
Straight from me

Go out there
Go do it
Get to it

Roll up your sleeves
And go rake our leaves
Go fix our mess
Don't worry about your own happiness

Go fix our economy
Go clean up our wars
Go clean it up

Go mop up
The oil
The blood
That we have stained this earth with

Go moan
Go groan
Go die alone

Go to work
Go toil
Bear on your backs the lashings of our debt
Bear on your backs the lashing of our stupidity
Go make friends with our planet again
We cannot do it on our own
We have no more skin

Us men in
We don't care who lives or dies

So what do you say?
Young boy?
Young girl?
Sound okay?
Aren't you grateful for today?

Yours most truly,

The Men in Suits and Ties.

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This article has 4 comments.

teamo14 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 20 2012 at 9:32 am
teamo14 BRONZE, Paris, Other
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I love this!

on Apr. 19 2012 at 12:26 am
oldsoul17 SILVER, Exeter, California
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Favorite Quote:
The hardest thing in this world is to live in it-Buffy the Vampire Slayer

really good!

on Apr. 13 2012 at 7:54 am
hippiechick99 GOLD, Mesquite, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"... How dreary to be somebody-- How public like a frog;
To tell one's name; the livelong June-- To an admiring bog"
-Emily Dickinson

Wow, this is so true in many ways and I loved the way you made it a poem and a letter. 5/5 star :))

on Mar. 21 2012 at 3:38 pm
Janae0819 SILVER, Columbus, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Shoot for the moon even if you miss you'll land among the stars" -Les Brown

:) i really love this