BRAIN DRAIN

BRAIN DRAIN

A Chapter by NeiL ArandA
"

On the wings of change

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Brain Drain

Don't be so naive and disgruntled

by my tongue twisting patronym 

nor my ear piercing inflection

 

The main culprit doesn't lie there

for I heard that redundant 

uppity, remarks countless time 

from many stuck up chauvinists.  

But can you even pronounce Arugula 

using your only mother tongue ? 


It's not a paradigm to exhaust one's 

last munition and stick to one's gun when 

presented with compelling evidence 


Country and culture has color 

and so as language and choices 


Perhaps you fell asleep in your elective 

So let's set the records straight

and trace our roots  


To dust all these cobwebs of denials

and scrub this marinating rust 

under this melting pot 

of ignorant repressions 

 

Knowledge is power 

implicated in literation 

unless its misappropriated

and truth corrupted 

by carefully published heritage

 

Can we chew the cod 

and be on the same page on this ?


I did not came by boat 

like the early Pioneers

Neither by sled of Inuit

or crossed the demarcation line on foot


I came violating Newton's Law 

by Wright Brother's ingenuity.

On fixed wings of Caduceus 

Propelled by the gift of Prometheus ... 



by NeiL ArandA 08/11/2016




© 2016 NeiL ArandA



Author's Note

NeiL ArandA
It was believed during a period of intense cold in the Arctic. A pathway was created linking the inhabitants of the frigid north to the New World was inadvertently discovered by a pack of hunting Inuit's who came first to settle in the wide plains of America. Hence comes the origin of the Red Race or American Indian.

Genealogy has always had a following in the U.S. But prior to the civil rights movement, which encouraged racial and ethnic minorities to embrace their previously marginalized identities, the study of family history was largely the province of white social climbers and chauvinists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with millions of southern Europeans arriving on American shores, white elites often sought to maintain their social status by promoting a definition of whiteness that excluded newcomers.

Genealogy became a way for them to prove their credentials and gain entry into such hereditary societies as the Daughters of the American Revolution, which was founded in 1890 and stood for, in the words of its president general, “the purity of our Caucasian blood.” And this obsession in heritage sparks an identity crisis among future sons and daughters of the Confederate. The question still remain unanswered. Who are the true Americans ?

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A plethora of information within your poetry, I was expecting something totally different from the title. Most enjoyable and thought provoking, 'true' Americans, that's still up for debate I guess, but according to Independent news, "New evidence suggests that the Indians are not quite as indigenous as previously believed, that they themselves might be descended from the same stock as their erstwhile European tormentors".

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NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your triumvirate take on this posted piece that intrigues your pondering mind. If you .. read more
Paloma

1 Year Ago

Yes, thanks, you have and then some, you're very intelligent. I wasn't disagreeing with your assess.. read more
NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

You have an inquisitive mind. It provokes and commands a response and answer. Yes those poor baby ge.. read more



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A plethora of information within your poetry, I was expecting something totally different from the title. Most enjoyable and thought provoking, 'true' Americans, that's still up for debate I guess, but according to Independent news, "New evidence suggests that the Indians are not quite as indigenous as previously believed, that they themselves might be descended from the same stock as their erstwhile European tormentors".

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your triumvirate take on this posted piece that intrigues your pondering mind. If you .. read more
Paloma

1 Year Ago

Yes, thanks, you have and then some, you're very intelligent. I wasn't disagreeing with your assess.. read more
NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

You have an inquisitive mind. It provokes and commands a response and answer. Yes those poor baby ge.. read more
The last stanza is brilliant. Lots of information could be derive from such 4 lines.

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NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Thank you Gab for the read. A recent encounter with my ' muse ' sparks and triggers the construction.. read more
I totally agree with KLG. There are minor corrections but still the poem is great. You are continuously getting better in writing, Neil. Keep it up.

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NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Thanks Dhaye for the read. :)
I truly enjoy your use of words here. I am a bit puzzled by the font changes -- they don't seem to have a pattern.

Two minor (and I mean minor) corrections (confused) in first line and either "many a chauvinist" or many chauvinists would be better.

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NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Thanks KLG for reading and for the helpful hints. I made some adjustments.
Lyn Anderson

1 Year Ago

This finished piece IS really, really good.

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