Plant Some Sweet Peas There, Too by Doug Draime

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Plant Some Sweet Peas There, Too

Bulldoze the green and lush ivy walls.
Tear down the sanctimonious Ivory Towers.
Plow up the campuses and classrooms.

Plant tulips and roses and lilacs and carnations there,

where blind conformity is sold,

where education is a complacent whore spreading
……………….it’s legs to worship war,

where imperialism and corporate murderers are
                     justified,

where the souls of your children are gutted like
……………….beasts of prey,

where the lies about the American Dream
……………….originated,

where tenure is a cover-up for increasing ethical
………………compromise,

where corruption is over looked for the sake of
……………..cronyism and the Empire.

Bulldoze the green and lush ivy walls.
Tear down the sanctimonious Ivory Towers.
Plow up the campuses and classrooms.

And plant redwoods and sycamores and spruce
                and oaks.
Plant some tomatoes and onions and carrots
               and a peach tree.
Plant some sweet peas there, too.     

Doug Draime
Doug Draime

Doug Draime’s

latest book is More Than The Alley, a full-length poetry collection from Interior Noise Press. Also available are four chapbooks: Los Angeles Terminal: Poems 1971-1980 (Covert Press), In The Back of Madam Wong’s (Tree Killer Inc), Rock ’ n Roll Jizz (Propaganda Press), and an online chap, Speed of Light (Right Hand Pointing). A poet, short story writer, and playwright, Draime emerged as a presence in the literary ‘underground’ in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s. Awarded PEN grants in 1987, 1991, and 1992. During the last few years he has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. Forthcoming, a career spanning collection from Pedestrian Press, called Farrago Soup.

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