By Alex Andy Phuong
Somewhere some place Creation and destruction conflict Truth and lies Everywhere and nowhere Residents and visitors Weaving in and out Of time itself Like flowing water Within the river Of true stories
Eligible eligibility Noble nobility Age of chivalry Permissible Acceptable Worthy of acclaim Holding merit Without being susceptible To anyone And anything Disreputable
Setting the stage Writing within pages Art direction Production design Places Both real and imaginary Constructing narratives Told and retold Across generations And setting up For what will come As enigmatic time Passes by Soar high!
Down Then Up
Exhume and exalt the common man because the pursuit of happiness results in anything but American idealism is a bit ironic if one considers the fact that many dreams really do become deferred Dig deep within the soul but there is no need to despair Unearth the beauty found on Earth
Beat the Heat
Beat the Heat Let the Heart Beat With Passion Nevertheless, Cool Down And Stay Cool For the People Who Can Control Themselves Can Help Make the World A Better Place
Naturally Natural Naturalism
Pocahontas once sang “The Colors of the Wind” Which was a lament about the destruction of natural beauty A beauty that is great, majestic, And most importantly…non-synthetic Meaning that it is NOT manmade It is also funny that I am expressing these profound ideas about something as abstract And as wondrous As rapturous beauty On paper This is because paper comes from trees Well, paper does not “grow” on trees Because people have to take the wood and somehow change it into paper That people can use to write, jot ideas down, take down notes, And sometimes also clean up after themselves after a sticky situation However, mankind is now in one of the stickiest and bleakest situations ever to grace The long and turbulent history that people have created for themselves Ever since Homo sapiens emerged on this planet that we all inhabit The desire to achieve…and ultimately maintain…sustainability Therefore, we must listen to the wise Academy Award-winning music of Pocahontas Because we really are all interconnected Since we all desire to find a sense of meaning in our lives “The Paper Cycle” People can express ideas on paper That other people can read and learn from So that we can acquire knowledge As the trees are turned into paper And ideas are passed on to others through the printing presses Finally, we must never fear the future Because all we can control is the present Who knows that the world will be like ten years from now? A hundred years from now? Or a thousand years from now? Because as long as we record our thoughts on paper And remember to recycle We can continue the paper cycle That will hopefully allow us all to live sustainably
Global outrage Outrageous outrage Leaving words on a page And taking center stage The world needs mankind To practice being kind To make the world a better place While remembering to pace Because if some are stagnant That would hinder the planet Act and aspire Like an actor upon the worldly stage Within this current age
Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes about literature, film, and culture. He has written film reviews for more than one hundred motion pictures for MovieBoozer, and his writing has appeared both online and in print. Alex is a writer who dares to support the ones who pursue their dreams.
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Alex Andy Phuong’s poem “Beat the Heat” contains four lines that really get to what life is all about: For the PeopleWho Can Control ThemselvesCan Help Make the WorldA Better Place Doesn’t that say it all? Frank Kowal