Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A TRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY/ dVersr: Poetics: Bold Tributes


   
I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A TRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY       

It is curious                   what we were taught     really doesn’t match

What happened            we found a new            and wonderful land

We brought death         war & destruction         we said, we were 

Men of "god"                  we embraced                a way of life  


                

That held men in chains   sold humans              men/ women & babies too

A half-a-crown will do                          these people                 

Built this country       we wanted their labor cheap        put silver in our pockets

Because their skin was different           and now a man of orange





Would like us to continue in the way                  step back in time

his ideas should be shot down              before they rise

the fellow is totally mad     mad as a hatter      we seek safety in the bar           

we raise our voices         in unison                      we scream for help





Our leader                     has lost "our" way           a tiny man among men


Will we follow               like lemmings                   right over the cliff


January 16, 2018





"Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat if met where any bar is,
Or help to half-a-crown."
⁃ Thomas Hardy
from, 'The Man He Killed'

Words for my poem were taken from this quote by Tomas Hardy.


                                   

           

                                   


                        

Time Enough/ Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads

Time Enough

you say                                   there will be time                    time for all

that is not my experience       the phone rings                       you say

we cannot meet today           the weather hangs overcast   and grey

like the painting                      it will be grey                          grey as this day



the grey clouds           seem to crush down on the blue mountains    do you think

it is snowing there                  light and fluffy                        covering all that is wrong

ugly                                         shabby                         and old

no there is not time enough               to hold you tight         to throw petals before your path



come and sit with me            reveal all that is you               and i will too

you set the date                      i put it on my calendar           now you say

it doesn’t work for you           i looked forward to this moment       and you said

i was going to call…                that is not it at all                   not what i meant to say



wait…. do you hear the sound            mermaids singing       in the desert

far from home                                    no water here                         and yet they sing

if only we had time enough   …and the world                       it would still not be enough

for time slides                                    through my fingers                 drips on the snow



red against white                   will there be another day       will it be the same

should i wait for you to call    life is like that             good intentions pave the way to hell

we all fall down                      the bell tolls                            the secret is revealed

there is not time enough        it isn’t something you can hold          nor reclaim

January 16, 2018