When Dreams Become Nightmares

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When Dreams Become Nightmares

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”— Howard Zinn

we sunk our roots into the soil
and worked our fingers to the bone
never doubting for a moment
that this place would be our home

for fourty years a blue collar slave
and they took everything, everything he ever gave
he was a husband, a faithful father, provider
(just another faceless piece in the lifeless machine)
he watched his dreams turned to cinders before his eyes
two kids, a house, a loving wife
a life of no regrets
and it all came crashing down around him,
brick by brick

where do you turn when there is nothing left
where do you turn when there all hope is gone
just another victim of this nation of corporate greed

the american dream is a lie
the ones with the biggest and the best , in the end they still all die
the american dream is a lie
the system is crumbling from the inside

refuse, resist
fight with your mind and not with your fists
wash away the years of lies, of guilt, of abject shame
we will stand against tyranny, we must be the change


from Mehen (special edition), released February 3, 2015



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