Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Midnight Star to Master Chief Doesn't Want to Die 
Enter a strange world where there may be no escape 
Another strange world where laughter may be the only escape 

Midnight Star (loose poem)

A blossom floating with a midnight star
A dream perhaps the moonlight didn’t say
But in this moment nothing seemed to care
As world so real and fantasy collide
This dance in daze no thoughts of thorns could mar
Those times ago were very far away
In arms of this much was no longer there
Just drifting beauty splendor as her guide
A magic wind breathed music from afar
With memories of ever to convey
And silent sighs of so much more to share
As thoughts of ever held her by its side
And in the end no reasoning could bar
So dark became the season of dismay
Beside a deadly drugless needle’s glare
A blossom in a midnight star had died

At first glance this looks like a free form poem.  But if we take a closer look we will notice that each word rhymes with the word of the same line. Every word at the end of line one rhymes with the last word of every line one. The same is true for the last words of lines 2 3 and 4. The main reason for using this form, was to establish an unclear order. 

I worked at Chevron during the 80's drug era. Though drugs were illegal, the company wasn't cracking down on any drug use, unless it adversely affected performance. It was my experience that firing among drug users was rare. In fact, except for rare examples, most individuals performance improved. Drugs were everywhere and easy to get. 
Into this picture stepped Anita. Anita was an attractive, single woman in her 30s. She was a caring person who was heavily involved with charities. Was she on drugs? Yes. Everyone in her department, Accounting, knew it. She was a great worker, though, plus she would bake treats (drug free) for her coworkers. I knew Anita because she kept track of my department's finances. (Computers were not in the workplaces yet.) 
For entertainment, people met at the nearest coffee station, at break time, to indulge in the latest rumors. One rumor was Anita was seeing a new guy. This could explain why she was dressing more attractively. A few weeks later, rumor was spreading that Anita was being considered for a promotion. This could explain the meetings of the "big shots", people "kissing-up" to Anita and Anita "dancing" down the hall. Then came the rumor Anita was found dead. The cause of her death depended on the coffee station. One rumor was constant. She was found on the floor with a hypodermic needle near by. Anita was an attractive woman. 

To go with this theme: Talking Heads "Drugs" 
(There was one less popular rumor: Anita ran off with that guy.) 

Some say video games are like drugs 

It is estimated that 88% of young people in the U.S. play video games, indicating that up to 3 million could be showing signs of addiction. One of the causes of these addictions is a game called Halo. Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie. The main protagonist of the game is a fellow named MCPON John-117, or "Master Chief". The folks at Corridor Digital, unable to do anything about the addition issue, have come up with some revenge of their own.
Some say laughter is additive. Let's see. "Master Chief Doesn't Want to Die"

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It is in the interests of our society to promote 
those things that take the edge off, 
keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us 
slightly numbed out and zombie like. 
In this way our modern consumer society 
itself functions as an addict.
Anne W. Schaef


  1. Heart breaking about Anita. I have never used illegal drugs. In a way I have a very sheltered and unshelter life. Sure, we kids saw drug users come into and out of the homes I lived yet they were the free ones in a way. Sadly, they now that I am older I understand that they to were prisoners with a different guard. Isn't great when we can write to heal or to express these memories. Maybe they will help others or maybe they will not. Yet, the voice is heard. Thank you Martin! Great post!

    1. Looks like the poem struck home.
      It is I who should be thanking you for this page to the post.
      Thank you

  2. So many of us need something to take the sharp edges off life. Some legal, some not. Symptoms of a very common malaise. Which is sad and bad.

    1. Perhaps it is the "nature" of things. "Must give us pause."
      Thank you for stirring a mind.

  3. What a beautiful and powerful poem. Very sad about Anita.

    1. This poem + Gothic artist = I can't wait to see the upcoming work.
      Thank you for everything

  4. Burning Down the House is most definitely on the ATF list.

    1. I like that one too.
      Thank you for the memories