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The world consists of bumpkins and hicks

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From flickr.com/photos/85598619@N00/2651904068/: Venice Muscle Beach
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The world consists of bumpkins and hicks.

Some have iPhones, some just have sticks.

Some bust up statues from 50 B.C.

Some lynch black men from yonder beech tree.


Some wear grass skirts and eat bowls of petal.

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Others wear leather and dance heavy metal.

Some move mountains to get certain shoes,

Others think troubles all come from the Jews.


A touch of world, the grace of perspective,

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Largely does lack in the human collective.

When we yoked men to the harness of global

We forgot to re-make them broader and noble.


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I was born in Detroit in 1959, though I lived my formative years in Stillwater, Minnesota, a town just south of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, or at least one of the villages he based it on. I graduated from Stillwater High in 1977 and from the (more...)

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