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If the following poem seems a bit strange, it may be because it’s written in a format called Echo Verse.  I’ve written two poems in this format and, although I’m not particularly fond of the format, I am passionate about the content.

Masses: We no longer want to hear of an earth that’s ill.
Messenger:       A poison pill?

Masses:  Why must you dredge up negativity and mud?
Messenger:       I see blood.

Masses:  Can’t you see we are content with our lot?
Messenger:       Your blind spot!

Masses:  What can be done to change reality’s demand?
Messenger:       Take a stand!

Masses:  Stop clearing up our daily happy haze.
Messenger:       Your blank gaze?

Masses:  How do you purpose such large reform?
Messenger:       Don’t conform!

Masses:  You’re mad to believe in the revolution of which you speak.
Messenger:       Your love is weak.

Masses:  Then, tell us, what will happen if we refuse?
Messenger:       The sphere will lose.

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Michael Bonanno is an associate editor for OpEdNews.

He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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