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Author Name: FreeLen 19 Comments
Date Added: May 27, 2007 03:05:29 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Vanilla Souls

Vanilla souls
across the land
stretched out as far
as the eye can see
TV monitors
with pixel clarity
define for them
who they must be

It's a brave new world, boys and girls
A brave new world, indeed

Vanilla souls
in stucco homes
Safe within
their comfort zones
They feel no grief
No joy, no pain
Hedonistic paradise
is all they hope to gain

Vanilla souls
are free from strife
Free from hunger
Free from life
Vanilla souls
seek pleasure and tranquility
where heat and cold are absent
for a virtual eternity

It's a brave new world, boys and girls
It's a brave new world, indeed

Author's Notes:
 
Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of tickytacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same

There's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes and they came out all the same,

And there's doctors and there's lawyers, and business executives
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.
 

Little Boxes

by Malvina Reynolds

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Comments:
Comment By: FreeElla on May 21, 2009 05:45:33 PM Report
.... and they will alway feel disturbing unsatisfaction since pleasure without emotions is just an idea, a thought-construction.... :)

well all the ikea-boys and -girls have a Tyler Durden hidden inside just waiting for an opening, I put my trust in that...

great handling of them words mr!

Comment By: FreeCathy on June 19, 2008 03:41:44 PM Report
Such a knowledgeable and wise poem definately do not want to be just like the neighbor imagine everyone and everything the same BORING for sure different is good
......Cathy

Comment By: FreeSteve on April 24, 2008 10:38:39 AM Report

Len this is the most profound poem I have read anywhere because it speaks to who I am.   I have intentionally lived my life to not be ‘just like’ everybody else.  I work every day to avoid the constraints of comfortable conformity.  The mind numbing subjection you have to endure to be ‘one of us’.  The suburban masses.  I am and always will be one of ‘them’.   It is risky at times but oh so liberating.  It gives life a flavorful nuance.   Excellent write.


 


Comment By: FreeLast Temple Knight on February 19, 2008 07:58:24 PM Report
Total conformity, the death of creativity...
Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on October 22, 2007 09:55:38 PM Report
I really like that one. And the little one under it. Very cool...and all too true.

~Shanna

Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on October 18, 2007 04:33:07 PM Report
I know that ticky tacky song.  Hmm. Seems to be applicable to the smaller box these days as well.  LOVED this Len.  You are always a sure thing with a pertinent commentary. *smile* ~Pamela 
Comment By: FreeRobin Constantinou on August 15, 2007 05:40:12 PM Report
great expansive write, evocative, powerful and just written so well, great readings
~Robin

Comment By: Freenoah count on June 23, 2007 08:13:48 AM Report
If imitation truly is the greatest form of flattery, then you have placed Malvina amongst the gods. your old "I support the left, though I'm leaning to the right" buddy, count
Comment By: FreeJoe Petro on June 18, 2007 02:01:24 AM Report
Are these vanilla souls any relation to Milli Vanilli? I do get the picture, and agree to a degree....Obviously mainstream America is led by the nose ring as indicated by the man they put in the oval office. jp
Comment By: FreeCheryl Greenwell on June 8, 2007 01:23:43 AM Report

Good thing I am a pistachio soul, green with nuts...........Great piece, one of your best......C


Comment By: FreeLeroy Taylor Lyon on June 6, 2007 01:47:29 AM Report
cool poem man

Comment By: FreeJoe on June 5, 2007 02:24:38 PM Report
Nicely done Len, life would be so boring, how I dislike the boring. Certainly makes one think about how much the world is like that...Joe
Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on May 29, 2007 03:44:14 PM Report

This is wonderfully written as it does pinch the soul, so to speak.  Maybe I'm part of the inspiration that is written about.  I do have two flat screens in my stucco house in the little circle of same houses but I can feel good about this becasue I purchase abbynormal credits from the abnormals to balance the world out.  Good write.  Makes the reader think. 


Comment By: FreeAdri on May 29, 2007 01:36:39 PM Report
This is extra ordinary Mr. Cool.  Penned beautifully and expressed like no other... 

Adri x

Comment By: FreeThe Mystic Poet on May 27, 2007 08:04:02 PM Report
ooook ......you been smoking something again? cool.....smooth!
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on May 27, 2007 10:04:35 AM Report
Hi Len:  never thought of a "vanilla" soul.  I'm always caught up in rainbows and glitter-flash !!!  Hmm....very good thought-provoking write.

 

Lady D

Comment By: FreeQuiltingLady on May 27, 2007 08:22:34 AM Report
Oh, what a boring world that would be!  There wouldn't be any tabloids to write, no celebrities acting out or doing charity work.  There wouldn't be a Nobel Prize for outstanding works.  It would be a sad, sad, sad, world.

Pen

Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on May 27, 2007 07:54:01 AM Report
Excellent work Len and a pleasure to read.
Comment By: FreeLinear Z on May 27, 2007 07:43:13 AM Report
Ah, give us a little spice any day of the week (except wednesday obviously)
But then we do have so many people running around, it is pretty convenient to have a lot of them be drones :-D yay mind-numbing society!





 


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