Upon exiting the DNC parking lot

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Alligator Ed's picture

but, unfortunately I am unable to come up with a second line to match the eloquence of the first.

But I keep coming up with Ozymandius

"Ozymandias" (/ˌɒziˈmændiəs/ oz-ee-MAN-dee-əs)[1] is the title of two related sonnets published in 1818.

The first was written by English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) and published in the 11 January 1818 issue of The Examiner[2] in London. It was included the following year in Shelley's collection Rosalind and Helen, A Modern Eclogue; with Other Poems (1819)[3] and in a posthumous compilation of his poems published in 1826.[4] "Ozymandias" is Shelley's most famous work and is frequently anthologised.

Shelley wrote the poem in friendly competition with his friend and fellow poet Horace Smith (1779–1849), who also wrote a sonnet on the same topic with the same title. Smith's poem was published in The Examiner a few weeks after Shelley's sonnet. Both poems explore the fate of history and the ravages of time: even the greatest men and the empires they forge are impermanent, their legacies fated to decay into oblivion.

And so do we all.

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@Alligator Ed
dpn't think that I've so much as previously heard of Smith's. Here it is, fwiw:

Horace Smith (1779-1849)
Ozymandias.

IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desart knows:—
"I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,
"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,—
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

Not up to Shelley's, sorry to say.

Thanks for reading.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris Interesting how the same theme is in both sonnets. I wonder if that was proposed when the subject matter was agreed upon.

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@Alligator Ed

Upon exiting the DNC parking lot
I met the ghost of Allen Ginsberg
running, screaming, howling,
in tattered clothes with tears upon his face,
to see and hear and know of it's disgrace.

or somesuch

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris accurate. The meter I'm not so sure about. I'm looking for some what of a different rhythm.

I was thinking perhaps of this, please consider the opening quatrain. Poetry, dear otter, sheer poetry!

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I came across a simple choice
A choice that seemed easy enough
But to go left required offense
to the squealing boar in a suit
and to go straight involved offense
To the nearby architecture.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

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@detroitmechworks had you but turned right.

Turn to the right!? How disgusting, you say.

But I to you say, nay

It is but right course.

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exit the DNC are turning left.

years ago, might've been in national lampoon's section where people sent in funny signs, there was one from in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic that said, "Enter at rear".

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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which I'm posting as it seems somewhat complimentary to your photo ...

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@janis b
El Capitan State Beach one year:

steepslope

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

It's interesting to consider how one misstep can mean danger.

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Lookout's picture

Your picture looks more like the entrance to the DNC to me, but what do I know?

DNC clown car...
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DNC clown car and working person...
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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --