My American Guilt

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My American guilt crouches in the corner.
Watches me for hours without moving at all.
Anorexic. Unapologetic.
It's just waiting for me to get up and turn on the TV.

Don't back down from this.
You are on to something here.
It's been way too long since you've felt anything.
And all that you have done, the thoughts you've brought to life, this isn't healthy at all.

When did you get so quiet? (my American guilt)
I've kept you in no short supply of reasons to sing.
We're all so comfortable here,
There's no motivation, or emotion, or movement, or breathing..

My video heart picks up on nothing.
Conveniently wired not to receive.
When life is just a story, it's easy to forget,
That you're not the only person who is acting.

Don't back down from this. Finally a little truth.
It's been way too long since you've used your brain.
And all that you have done, the thoughts you've brought to life, this isn't healthy at all.

Just sit back.
There's nothing to see here.
Eat. Sleep. Watch.
We'll take care of everything.

Don't make a sound.
(My American guilt.)

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from My American Guilt, released February 29, 2012

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