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I, too, see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness. We are decomposing too early, our souls dying before our bodies can catch up. We are silently ravenous, a quiet craze in our hearts, not quite the same as your generation, Ginsberg. We do not shriek "Holy! Holy! Holy!" as we burn. We drown soundlessly.

The overeducated, proud products of postmodernism dissolve in a lukewarm soup of ennui, bored balloons filled with hubris rather than helium. Fragile dolls with flaking bones and hair and skin like flowers wilting, weighed down by indomitable wills and insecurities... these plastic girls starve to death and diabetes in the car beside me, fantasizing about food in the passenger seat. Former nymphets gouge symbols into themselves, the bleeding crags physical outlets for the demonic depression, for the memories of beloved older brothers molesting them in the living room, while her mother sits at a hospital bedside beside a fading father.

I see the most remarkable minds crippled by their religion of cleanliness, an all-consuming and greedy need for order, for control; certainty the god of their lives. Cultural expectations stifle other saplings, weeds wrapping around the fledgling faunlet stems and strangling them so slowly. There is the slew of abusive lovers and parents, Little Boys and Fat Men demolishing my peers. Some could fill swimming pools with their vomit, puking to the tune of "I'm a failure; I'm worthless; I'm nothing." Others, irresponsibly hedonistic, toss themselves into that loud ravine, belly flopping into that notorious stream overflowing with vodka and heroin, rum and ecstasy, emerging with mutated morals and faces and futures.

Disillusioned, emotionally stunted cripples rise from the wreckage, tethered to this Earth by cowardly consciences. I sit beside a modern Morningstar, his lungs bleeding as I pen this, and I understand your anger, Howler, your sorrow and your fear. My rage stills me, flooding through my veins and entombing me. My fear robs me of direction, my ennui of ambition. I grieve for my generation, too, Ginsberg; but my howls are silent.
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my howls are silent by ~running-in-the-rain is a "tribute to the Beat Generation" (suggester's words). ( Suggested by SilverInkblot and Featured by neurotype )
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Such a remarkable piece in every way. The effort that must have gone into crafting this... :iconbravoplz:
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cordaicor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I love this piece or writing. Cheers!
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much! Cheers!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Writer
May I please use the title of this piece (which will be featured) for *disrhythmic's "found poetry," all from title on dA?
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
certainly:)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Writer
thank you
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PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Writer
FANTASTIC.

You've nailed the plight of the modern youth....you should consider going further with this :)

Normally, I would frown upon using a masterwork such as HOWL, I've probably read through a hundred times, as a stepping stone for new work, but you've done this well. Greatly executed. I think Mr. Ginsberg would have approved of this....

Congrats on the DD!!
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! That's truly kind of you to say so.
I actually had no idea I received a DD on this until I read your comment! :D
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PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm honored that I was the one to break the great news to you! I got a DD a few days ago and found out similarly to you, through a comment from a random, fellow deviant!

Congrats again! I've been looking through your gallery and am very impressed! I look forward to conversing with you!!
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Help...my goodness this is too perfect
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, thank you!:3
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girlwhosangtheblues Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome- Ginsberg's one of my favorites. I actually have a poem called "My Generation" that's a lot like this, if you feel like offering an opinion on a similar work.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you; I did read it:)
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JediHobbit89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A beautifully morbid piece on many things I believe we all think but cannot express about the morass our world and generation have become. I once tried something similar, but never came close to the magnitude of this chilling poem. Thanks for uploading; I enjoyed it very much!
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so very much!
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juniorel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Writer
Wow, wow, wow, this is gorgeous. Your use of language is unbelievable. You play it like music. This needs to be read aloud.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
kjsagfjhfbakjkcskrb thank you so much!
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whatMadnessIsThis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful, brilliant, and true.

The Beat Generation. I both hate and love how that sounds- it's sadly true, and we're doing it to ourselves.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you:)
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whatMadnessIsThis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome
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pseudonym-blue Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Wow, this is great.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you:)
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pseudonym-blue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
You're welcome :)
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sylphwriter24 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is simply breathtaking. I identify strongly with your message: we're a disillusioned generation.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That we are/:
But thank you!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - amazing - love the imagery
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much:)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
True, and an elegant response. So much sleeker than the usual attempts to put a face on things.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!
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Celeste-Cloude4evr Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very powerful piece, well done :)
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks!
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Celeste-Cloude4evr Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :)
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busydreamin11 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully written...very strong and emotional. I love it.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you<3
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reality-vanity Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This is such a powerful piece, and its beautifully written. So emotional
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much:)
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tigerlilyv Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Such a stunning, brilliant, invoking jolt to the mind and I loved every word. :heart:
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
that's very sweet! thank you!
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cloistering Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Astute perception, articulated movingly.
Congratulations!!
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much:)
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Velkyn-SE Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Well captured. Thanks.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you:)
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Furbot118 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
:D
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I hadn't realised I received one until I was reading my comments! >.> I was so confused why I all of a sudden had a bunch!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, enjoy it :happybounce:
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starcat72 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
so sad... *sniff* I love it! On a completely unrelated topic, HOW DO YOU UPLOAD LITERTAURE TO DEVIANTART?!
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Here you go: :) [link]
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starcat72 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
thank you! :D
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