by Scott Orlovsky

August 18, 2003


conservatives often view me as a radical
a communist
a socialist
a homosexual
and other labels
they believe denigrating enough
to invoke a public outcry of ostracism

liberals too, often view me in many of the same terms
yet more because they feel ashamed
at how a seemingly right-minded
bluish-white collared
almost thirty
white American citizen
could stray so far from the parameters acceptable
to the mainstream press and public

but progressives view me as a progressive
a preacher of a Green revolution
in consciousness and socio-political awareness

of a movement away from the coddling
of the Fortune 500 wet-dream
to control and exploit every market in the world
and the laissez-fairing of the poor of the globe
in a 21st century Gilded Age

to a hand-in-hand democratic-socialism
that narrows the gap between powerful and powerless
with decentralization of multi-national corporations
and creation of worker-owned cooperatives
with free health care and free education
and direct democracy via the internet

and progressives believe in me as a progressive
a teacher of world cultures and human hirstory
dedicated to the thousand-petal lotus of uni-racialism
and homo sapiens' sapient responsibility
to each other and the sickening planet

an advocate of proportional representation
the rebalancing of federal and state power
and the elimination of the winner take-all political process
that entrenches the two party head and tails of the same coin

and even though many perspectives of me
and other thinkers whose ideas disagree
with the marketed poppycock of the bankers and oilmen
with the Manichean discourse of daisy-cutters
with the Spencerian breath of sweatshops and depleted uranium

our words, our thoughts, our ideas
our electronic octopus' garden
with conches full of beauty and social justice
nestle in the coral waiting for any snorkler
to examine the incandescent perspectives
of our dedicated flock

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Poetry on Swans

America the 'beautiful' on Swans


Scott Orlovsky is a World History & Cultures, and an American History teacher at Clifton High School in New Jersey. He has a BA in History from the Johns Hopkins University and a MA in History from the University of Colorado.

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Published August 18, 2003
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