Pop-Culture Poetry: The Walking Dead, S04E07 “Dead Weight”

Culture won’t collapse from a lack of artists, but from a lack of audience. Let’s give our modern mythology the thought it deserves. I’m going to write a poem in reaction to every episode of The Walking Dead for the rest of Season 4. Enjoy, and if you feel differently about how I portray the characters then feel free to respond.

A manic for the status quo:

He’ll rebuild a house out of corpses.


You are the gun enthusiast buffered

by money, by status, by Stand your Ground,

now obsessively clawing forward

back to that brass ring cul-de-sac castle,

where power did not require effort

and winning was easier to believe.

You had to hit your wife – “I don’t want it”

to fasten the family together,

and had to trap your girl – “I don’t want it”

if it meant keeping her safe in your home.

I see you each morning through my window

getting in your car and leaving for work.


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