Friday, December 28, 2018


A New Moral World

Robert Owens believed
Robert Owens had money
he purchased a town
to introduce socialism
which in America at the time
wasn’t yet a dirty word

ideas don’t always become deeds
and idea people never trust
working people, working people
never trust ideas people
the new moral world fumbled
and socialism quickly became chaos

the lauded experiment cleaved
Owens mostly bankrupt
sold the town
tried again but no one
gave him another town
even though Texas
not yet a state, considered it

in New Harmony Indiana
where the experiment died
it’s said they were to have a funeral
for the death of the idea

typical of America
the night before
someone stole the casket
containing the invisible corpse
of a nascent idea

--Jason Baldinger

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