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POETRY: ‘The merry-go-round’


Contributed by: Ryan Hughes, psychology major


“Seek not the favor of the multitude.  It is seldom got by honest and lawful means.  But seek the testimony of the few.  And number not voices, but weigh them.”   -Kant-

“People demand freedom of speech to make up for freedom of thought which they avoid.” –Kierkegaard-

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” -Nietzsche

Let’s go

round and round

The merry-go-round…

Let’s go round and round

The merry-go-round…

In the realm

of the multitude

A vicious trap


It is called

the merry-go-round.

It is a box

where thought

is sadly locked.

You can see it

on the screen.

You can see it

in between.

You can also see

it in the unscene.

It holds each and

Every one of us

In its bright red lips

And in its artificially

fresh breath.

The thought police

are on patrol

In the inner space

of externally motivated

thought control.

The catch-phrases

of the day

take us on a twirl

for a merry, and fun,

little whirl.

They dance us away

from what should be sought,

which is the constant struggle

for freedom of thought.

You think you

can escape?

Try looking at

your own locked box

in your own realm

of thought cliche.

Because it exists

in all of us.

Each in its own way…

Seize the day! Right?

If you want to escape,

turn your ear

to the few

with the vast view

And try to hear

their tune

Howsoever measured

and far away.

They have managed to

Somewhat unlock

This sad merry-go-round box.

Their perceptions

Will often be seen

As rather unseemly.

But do not hesitate

To accept confusion,

For it is there

To break your illusions.

They have freed themselves

And finally tackled

Their mind-forged manacles.

And once being free,

They have thrown these shackles

Into the wind

where, for one such man,

Once again, they are

Put in their proper place,

Fading into the shadows.

The battle may not be easy.

But in the end,

It surely does pay

For as I must say:

Response ability of thought

must ask freedom of speech:

“Would you like to go on a blind date with an unfolding ugly little truth?  Or remain in the relationship dating an obnoxious static big bore of a lie?”