Subdivisions

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Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown

Growing up it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass production zone
Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone

[Chorus:]
(Subdivisions)
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
(Subdivisions)
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out
Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth

Drawn like moths we drift into the city
The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights…

[Chorus:]
(Subdivisions)
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
(Subdivisions)
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth

Subdivisions – Rush


Young was I as I cast my gaze to the sparkle and shimmer of bright lights and the illusion of what I should be. The conformist attitude of the many pulling me to it’s goal I stumbled and swayed unaware of my folly. Walking away from the known quantity of present to the hope of better, I cast aside all I had known for a chance at what? An ideal placed in my immature and fragile conciseness by those that wish to aggregate many to their cause regardless of it’s worth, all in the name of something I didn’t even fully understand at the time. Is this the correct path, or was I being misled?

Cumberland Ave, Portland Maine

We were told of the route to riches, a roadmap of schooling that leads to all that is important and required to attain a certain level of entitlement in this world. But is this the way for all or just the method of controlling the young to profit the few? Are the teachers of knowledge enlightened or devious? Think this through and decide for yourself.

I don’t think I was meant for all that I was steered towards. I think each in their own time find what brings forth the true vision of ones worth in this world. Even though others may not see the ultimate goal of my life, I am entranced by the prospect of a life fulfilled by simple things. We shall see if the vision holds true. Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone, but forward I must or fail I will. Many path’s I have followed so far that have led to nowhere, but try again I shall.

Interstate 15 in Nevada

Try as I might to relinquish all need of acceptance, I still find I am drawn to the hope of comments answered and likes received. A needless circle of propping oneself up with the sometimes impossible reward of ego assuage and frivolous stroke of those that can’t fully understand how one feels, if we possibly can ourselves. A never ending pursuit of belonging is the drive to go forward with something to achieve that garners a boosting prop or padding word. How strong the ego is in the face of reality.

But yet my hope falls to the thought of travels and stops, each with it’s own beauty and learning. Every field and mountain, every stream and valley holds a place in my future as sure as the air I breath and the sun that warms. The images I have captured call to me to come back and stay for a while, pause and soak in all that I missed on the first brief visit. Such is the purpose to my next step in this world, a need that cannot be satiated until I arrive at each point and take in more than can be absorbed in passing. The draw unrelenting, the need must be met.

Interstate 40 southern California



3 response to "Subdivisions"

  1. By: Bill Ladd Posted: October 26, 2018

    That song sums up the 80s perfectly. Schools don’t teach you or anyone how to take care of yourself. Only how to do things that look/sound/feel good. Knowing what IS good takes thought beyond the here and now. You only want/need the comments to find out if you communicated what you wanted. What groups you are seen with is not important. It’s what your actions DO for others that is important. You are teaching as you learn. There is no harm in that.

  2. By: Bill Ladd Posted: October 27, 2018

    “Nowhere is the dreamer…”, that’s because the dreamer might take the group in a better direction, and those making the decisions won’t get THEIR credit and adulation!

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