A poem for the 21st century: VISIONS OF THE EMPIRE

by Jon Rappoport

June 13, 2018

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I’ve been writing and editing a 6000-word poem, VISIONS OF THE EMPIRE, for the past ten years. Here I present the first section. I may post other excerpts.

Poetry in the grand tradition of, say, Walt Whitman may seem to be dead—and who cares about poetry anyway? But poems are life blood on the page. They have the potential to awaken the sleeping mind and spirit.

I cast this one out like a wind across the landscape, with full knowledge that reading anything, much less poetry, is a dying art in many quarters. Frankly, that doesn’t stop me. I know, from 17 years of writing at nomorefakenews, that there are untold numbers of people who can still read and want to read. My articles have found them.

Going against the grain doesn’t bother me. It motivates me. Every day. The seemingly absurd proposition that a poem can have a life-bearing effect—I hold that view and always will.

The unbound, wide-ranging, free and electric spirit within us is THERE. We can step on it and bury it and forget it, but it doesn’t die. With that knowledge, and without apprehension, I freely give you this. Do with it what you will. As with everything else I write, I stand on the words.


This poem is not a warning
This is poem is not an alert
This poem is not a shopping cart in a supermarket
This poem is not my uncle talking about America with a cigar in his mouth
This poem is not about the H-bomb
This poem is not my grandmother speaking Russian in the Bronx a hundred years ago
This poem is not a microwave
This poem is not
This poem is not a robot car on the highway
This poem is not a power outage
This poem is not
This poem is not a peace treaty
This poem is not a shadow across your eyes
This poem is not Karl Marx or Mussolini
This poem is not a molecule invented in a laboratory
This poem is not a political philosophy manufactured in a secret bank
This poem is not a machine
This poem is not a system
This poem is not asking for an answer
This poem is not people dying in hospitals even though people are dying in hospitals
This poem is not bread or the fountain of youth
This poem is not a doctor
This poem is not a professor on a pension
This poem is not a union
This poem is not a dollar
This poem is not a major or a colonel
This poem is America and not-America
The dream America

After money was sold down the river and resurrected on a cross of blood
After a cash-loaded God strolled into town
After the Universal Hospital drugged synapses and drove the wild horses of imagination down into underground canyons
and sculpted androids stepped out in the aftermath buying back their own memories

geologic wraiths spiraled up inside television sets—
their only ambition to stunt prayers for deliverance and kill raw desire—

we watched wildcats of Texas dripping sweat into their high hats pull black blood out of the ground and send it through tubes of night to porcupine refineries on the shores of the Body of Christ
apostles were resurrected in knife-cutter fins of long Cadillacs running hot across the Kansas plains with blondes in the back seat drinking

New horizontal towns were multiplying on Long Island, stage flats of perfect geometry coddled in the breasts of hopeful mothers asking for redemption from pill-addled afternoons and hallucinatory music cooking in shining ovens
monthly budgets laid out neatly on Formica counters below the knives
distant farm fields dead in the snow
blank-eyed children walking in the snow
cultivating nightmares they would one day visit on Reality

I flew over those fields and heard the crackerbox houses rot and rust as nothing ever rotted before

We tamed the wolf and the copperhead
we broke a pond of ice and sent Promethean serpents to force a tunnel all the way down to the volcanic hats of ancient Chinese poets

We tracked mobs and gangs and politicians and drowned them in thunderous secret rivers under the Southwest deserts
we launched charges against the bosses and carried our prosecutions into courtrooms of fish eye and coral and waving undersea weeds and dragged paid-off judges from their galleon-wrecked thrones

We stood in the blinding sunlight reflected from low slung whitewashed buildings of Pasadena and El Segundo and Long Beach and felt the roar of departing space rockets cutting tunnels through the future and pulling back the future with giant magnets of illuminated dust

We walked through measureless windows of wheat and corn growing in the middle flatlands under the warm rain of supernatural mansions

We draped curtains of night in the upper hills of Los Angeles where the mountain lion and the coyote and the melted mythical Greek beast roamed like vagabonds free of the Wheel

Under poles of yellow lights, gasping midnight locomotives clamped on to lines of freight cars in the backyards of Chicago
Plastic lilies grew in the pastures of St. Louis haberdashers and department stores

In White Plains we carved a diamond on cracked asphalt and climbed a decaying elm and walked along the iron railing of the fence holding rotting branches and threw marbles down on to Davis Avenue and watched them bounce into the muddy stream of World War Two newspapers and swollen milk cartons and broken whiskey bottles and torn black jackets of old soldiers who had died in snow drifts over the winter and mysteriously disappeared

I ran under trees filled with light green inchworms hanging from long threads until I was invisible
and glimpsed smiling robots sitting in cafes in the next platinum century

In Los Angeles, concrete sunset of three stacked freeways, a carpet of park in Beverly Hills, old poolroom on Broadway downtown, bus to San Francisco, a bum holding out his hand and saying On Venus Jesus will show you machines of love

I saw politicians jumping out of floating windows
their briefcases cracking open
spilling secrets like lazy snowflakes
dazzling in the sun
trillion dollar thefts
naked amazons stashed in condos and yachts
banks sucking money from the vacuum of the heavens
dead agents

in a rock pasture outside Des Moines hitchhiking to New York
glimpses of prehistoric time
before the beginning before the beginning of sacred money before the first idols were built, before sacrifice was thought of, sly prophets were trying on robes and combing out their long hair and rehearsing their future executions

Standing up on a hill past Albuquerque on 66, I caught a ride into a no-name Arizona town, walked in the foggy morning along an empty road to a pine-filled snow-filled cliff and stared out at a spring valley a thousand feet below

In blinding rain I stood on the Indiana Turnpike outside Chicago pointed east and wound up in the Pennsylvania countryside driving the car of a half-crippled man with a Bible I met in a Howard Johnson
our headlights went dead on a curve and a cop pulled in behind us and stopped us
he led us to a fat judge’s house in the middle of the night where we paid thirty bucks
then parked on a quiet lane and slept until dawn
early spring in March
flowering magnolia trees
he dropped two Thorazine and told me to drive
and his babbling about Heaven slowed down and he slept
and when we pulled into Manhattan he had me park in midtown
he looked at me with glazed doe’s eyes and said
son, I’ve reached the end of the line, this is it, within a month I’ll kill myself

I walked along the astral cloisters of Wall Street among crowds lapping at honey loopholes in a web of proprietary secrets and I flew through steel walls into the psychotic fandango of the international electronic invented money Surge

I recorded architects laying out blueprints for the perfect human in bunkers of Virginia where silent factories printed minds whose memories could be selectively erased
technicians built new bodies from tendons and ligaments of cougars and predatory owls and membranes from soldier ants and feral dogs

I walked through fields of cactus east of Tijuana
into caverns of mass graves where sacrificed Aztec skeletons still stank in pulsing blood rhymes of a toothless hobo Ziggurat

I sat in the courtroom where the two-hundred-year trial of America labored like a wounded beast, witness after witness screaming accusations at captains of production and dark iron-masked prosecutors hammered their fists on tables and smooth Rockefeller men sat in the witness box and advocated drugging the population

One Sunday night I walked out of a small bookstore on 3rd Avenue and a drunken Ben Franklin, wearing his waistcoat and slippers, his spectacles halfway down his crooked nose, pulled me over to the doorway of a paint store, and whispered:
“I should prefer, to an ordinary death, being immersed
with a few friends in a cask of Madeira, until that time,
then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my
dear country!”

he patted me on the cheek and grinned

What about the weathered Declaration on which you staked your honor, your future, your fortune, your life, I ask him
His face turns sour
Oh that, he says
They sold it for a war, and it fetched a handsome price
They sold it for a bank, and rated it a fair exchange
They sold it for a choking nightmare called the greater good, and it drained their living blood
They sold it for a legend of heaven under a burning copper sky and it vaporized in the whirlwind

Fifty million video cameras record the washed out moment-to- moment ballet in streets and offices
people stop for a moment in a bulging tableau
light peers in through immobile troughs of fury
complaints are frozen

all the children of America with their endless needs are frozen

We slashed our way through faded blue Virginia mountain ranges ruled by subhuman priests
lizards crawled through the sunlight between leaves on rumbling paragon trees spreading out their knuckles above ground

Through dream gardens of the starlit Sagittarius, coral horses, amber-fed lichen
we walked the Colorado Cherokee Trail glittering with bodies frozen in the silver fog

We flew over steaming cities and freezing cities and came to the Asia plain of tropical magic where the walls of enduring space were cracked and broken and the false curtain of the sky lay at half-mast torn and stained

Here the empire had shriveled and small mobs wandered under saturated space broken off from the Maypole of trance

We still hear a voice of freedom
in the

now freedom barks like a dog
it weeps over stones
it demands cash
it lies in the mud and croaks
flees a burning church…

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8 comments on “A poem for the 21st century: VISIONS OF THE EMPIRE

  1. davidgaskill says:

    You write long poems, I write short ones. Example: “I wish it would rain forever / because the blackened hearts of the City / are too busy straining to see where it’s coming from / to speak. / Yes, I wish it would rain forever.”

  2. Mike Ullman says:

    Jon, I really, really appreciate everything you do and I have learned a lot from you. I couldn’t however take too much of the poem. It seemed like a cathartic effort- good for the writer but maybe not so much for the reader. Sorry for this analogy but it reminded me of:
    “Meditations on Turning Eight”, by Lisa Simpson:
    I had a Cat named Snowball, she died, she died.
    Mom said she was sleeping, she lied, she lied.
    Why, oh, why is my cat dead? Couldn’t that Chrysler hit me instead?
    I had a Hamster named Snuffy, he died…”
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your soul with us and do keep fighting the good fight. You shine light on the darkness and we desperately need that.

  3. Karmic Spiel says:

    Being able to “get into” a movie or play requires suspension of disbelief in order to accept what is being shown to us as reality. This comes easily for most of us, because we have been conditioned to do this since birth.

    “Getting into” poetry requires something quite different, something that is discouraged in our modern scientific age, which is to suspend the literal, linear, analytically judging mind.

    You have to let yourself feel it.

    Poetry transforms words into music, expanding their meanings into new octaves and chords. And like all music, it is intended to bypass the analytical mind and speak directly to the soul.

    If you are able to allow yourself to do that, poetry will thunder through your being, shredding preconceived notions and birthing new universes of ideas, emotion and understanding.

    Poetry is one of the last vestiges of magic in this increasingly cold and calculating world. Looking around at where things are at, I’d say it’s time for a revival.

  4. From Quebec says:

    I know, that this has nothing to do with your poem, Jon. But this video that just came out must be seen by everyone.

    EMERGENCY: Tommy Robinson Transferred To Muslim Prison, Facing Certain Death

    https://www.youtube.com /watch?time_continue=1053&v=kQcEdBXFxYc

  5. Gene Maynard says:

    I have written many poems. I have observed most are fully appreciated only by the author.

    Constitution, disillusioned, sow confusion, in collusion, we need an answer to all the pollution
    We need a spiritual revolution, that’s the solution
    Wall Street, Main Street, defeat, sound the retreat
    Sell out, bail out, fall out, hold ya hat this game’s a rout
    What’cha gonna do when they come for you
    We need a Savior to see us through
    Rows and rows of clapboard houses
    People living by the thousands
    Working hard and doing their time
    While the politicians play and drink fine wine

    Something’s wrong in the land of the free
    It ain’t working for you and me; they’re giving our money to A.I.G.
    But what we need money can’t be and we need to see
    That God sent His Son to set us free, He sent Jesus for you and me
    Hi-jack, pay back, here’s the fact, some have and others lack
    Capitalism, socialism, communism, fascism, all sound a lot like hedonism
    Listen to me I have a suggestion
    We have answers to all the wrong questions

    Sell out, buy out, sold out,it’s all the same, your 401 just came up lame
    Democrat, Autocrat, they all play in this game of blame
    They justify and signify, they blame the people for what they’re doing
    They offer lies and alibi’s, but who’re they foolin, God is rulin
    Institutions too big to fail, redistribution a coming attraction
    Health Care lying and Polar Bear dying, it’s all a big distraction
    We serve the world and it’s all an illusion
    Our biggest enemy is our own confusion

    Bear Stearns, economy burns, Freddie and Fannie up the ante
    Are you ready? Better hold steady
    Food and gas, there’s nothing left
    If they used a gun it would be called theft
    Progressive, possessive, obsessive, here’s the lesson
    We work for the state so we make more bricks
    We don’t complain, just take our licks

    Who would dare poison the air; vaccines laced with sterilizers
    Only truth deniers, a pack of liars, Satan sympathizers;
    Mercury vaccines, these people are obscene, too extreme
    Public schools and hip hop music brainwash our sons and daughters
    Aluminum filled air, nobody cares, and fluoridated water
    Brain cells dying, D.C. lying; cancer and respiratory distress
    Itching skin, disease within; what about all the rest?
    Dementia, autism, sores that just won’t heal
    Genocide, Infanticide, Democide; all are very real.

    They smile their smile and walk their walk, give you a great big hug
    You say please even on your knees but they squash you like a bug;
    Seven billion people live on the earth, but they say that’s too many
    But with poison vaccines, disease and war, 500 million will be plenty.
    For the U.S.A. here’s what they say; “By the year 2025
    Of 280 million only 65 million will be left alive”;
    Ya think I’m wrong, just a song? Friend you’re wrong, better be strong
    Jesus said “with me all things are possible; better repent and believe the gospel”

    The devil’s wearing his human face, he thinks he rules but he’s out of place
    When the food’s all gone what’cha gonna do, who’s looking out for me and you
    God’s Son died and arose again too, no need to worry, He’ll see us through
    Christ is the One with whom ya gotta do; Satan is soon history and his servants too!
    Something’s wrong in the land of the free
    Liberty’s getting harder and harder to see, it’s being taken from you and me
    We have a Savior to get us through; we have somebody to love us too
    God sent a man like me and you,
    He sent Jesus to see us through
    It may look like disaster and a total loss
    But we can still trust the Master; we can still trust the cross!

    Gene Maynard
    Verses added 11/14/14

  6. itascasmall says:

    Hello, Theo, Couldn’t let this one pass without commenting! Thanks!Itasca BRAVO!!! My idling mind just received another clarion wake-up call!  I jumped-out, kicked the tires, climbed back into the driver’s seat, revved the engine to hear her roar, backed-off to shift into gear and punched-it! smoking black rubber laid-down with an ear-piercing screech! I held the wheel straight & true, as my awakened Mind’s Eye tracked the free associations of a genius Individual Mind integrating past, present & future, with the Gift of Creative Imagination; painting a sobering tapestry of America & not-America, both of which we haven’t all seen, but know they happened, are & will be . . . And, freedom cries: “I’m sinking in the quicksand of democracy!” Thanks, once again, Jon! For Liberty!Itasca Small Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  7. Jon

    My father (a published poet) wouldn’t call that poetry. Nevertheless, it has the hallmarks of a masterpiece; a symphony of words.

    It reminds me of one of those genre “road movies”. They give them a special name which escapes me. All are very surreal in character, perhaps some styled on “The Matrix”.

    You also present some enigmatic lines which hint you know more than I thought you knew. These few, I’ve selected.

    “We tamed the wolf and the copperhead
    we broke a pond of ice and sent Promethean serpents to force a tunnel all the way down to the volcanic hats of ancient Chinese poets”

    Good job.


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