3rd Generation Education
I don’t want third generation education,
A buck .25 from the magazine rack at the convenience store,
Gulped down with a cold beer,
And the latest flavor of pain reliever to forget the empty feeling in my head.
I’d be better off dead.
Maybe I already am.
How many out there? The people I meet, as I walk down the street. You see me as if I weren’t there…
The living, please step forward not back. This is no exercise this is life.
A one time shot.
If you’re not dead yet there is no rush,
Tomorrow is another day.
Life happens now, it’s no disease.
We create phantoms to hide from,
Nightmares to live in…
We make them real: those demons you see are yours!
I won’t buy them, even at a discount.
Burn them at the stake of your freedom.
My stake is already quite full thank you… say, have you got a match?
I asked Victoria what prompted this piece and she said…
I grew up in a very “New Age” area of southern California known as Santa Barbara County, a boutique wine region, full of Arabian horse breeders and patrons of the arts. In the early 80’s the self-help boom was in full swing. In every supermarket and newsstand there were self-help titles promising youth, beauty, health and wealth.
A friend asked me to join him in attending a “Wellness Fair” in Santa Barbara, you never saw such a gathering of blonde and bronzed, tanned and trim folk in your life! The main event was an inspirational speech on the subject of “Prosperity Consciousness” e.g. the art of making oneself wealthy via positive thinking (of course having a bit of investment capital helps too but he more or less glossed over that bit). The following day I was back in my apartment in downtown LA and went to the corner convenience store – there on a rack near the till was the National Inquirer, and who should be gracing the cover but the very same blonde bronzed tanned and trim chappy who had addressed the crowd in the park so earnestly and with such heartfelt sincerity the previous day.
My kind of poem. Thank you, Victoria.
Victoria King-Voreadi grew up in southern California in a quaint boutique wine region known as the Santa Ynez Valley. She studied Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles before moving to Greece. She taught Screenwriting and Introduction to Film Acting at the Stavrakos School of Film and Television Arts in Athens and has worked as a freelance writer, editor and location producer for film and television productions.
In 2005 she became an accredited EFL / ESOL teacher and worked for 4 years on the island of Paros before finally settling on Crete where she has lived with her husband and her two teenage daughters since 2009. You can find out more about Victoria and her writing at http://victoriakingvoreadi.iguanabooks.com.
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