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The New Deal

I met Franklin Deleanor Proosefelt in a check-out line of a used bookstore in Chicago, Illinois. I had just purchased the book "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers. To my surprise, Mr. Proosefelt had brought that very book to the store a week earlier. After leaving, we took a walk down the streets of the Windy City and he told me about his exploits in the world of poetry. Later on that week, I opened up my recently purchased book and found a quote scribbled in pencil on the inside of the front cover that said "Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion." This is a quote by Franklin Pierce, who happens to be Mr. Proosefelt's great-great-great grandfather.

Societies Priorities

When society thinks of success

The majority neglect happiness

These shallow people all worried of money

Instead of relaxing with a buddy


Don’t let the TV get to me

Let my own thoughts thrive

Before they’re called up and said to be

With addictions, supposedly alive


I know they're my friends

But some look to get a head

Pushing other feelings aside

Using selfishness as their drive


It should not be about you, me, in this society

Collectively, we, should be valued as our propriety




You Help

You Hinder


You make me see near

That which proposed is visibly clear

You make me see far

The silhouettes of dreams below our star


Physically, emotionally, you make my body ache

Countless times I’ve made this mistake

Withdrawal, isolation, will rid you of the fear

Time to relax and confide with your peers


You choose to ignore or identify with their illustrations

Ultimately, your decision creates the situation


Do you heed the advice?

Or lose again, rolling the dice


Franklin Deleanor Proosefelt | Age 25 | Boise, Idaho

Can accurately quote every line from "The Running Man,"  backwards.

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