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November 8, 2013

[Sorry, left myself too little time tonight, early start, batteries dead. Hope these three poems from 209 make an interesting read.]

After We were Beaten

We used to see documentaries

That showed all the evils of other states

The criminal madness of their leaders

The brave but hopelessly tiny minorities

That fought and died for freedom.

Now we know that our leaders were really the worst

That those we’d despised were right.

We used to look down on the rest of the world

Believing that our ways were best

That all sins could be forgiven

In a country of such wealth, such history

And though we knew that things could be better

We only rebelled in ways that wouldn’t rock the boat.

Now we are caught by the turning tide

Follow rules we no longer understand.

We used not to be afraid of making a noise

Didn’t mind making fools of ourselves

For any good cause, or just for a laugh

Now we must never make another mistake

Be perfectly obedient and pray that we seem stupid.


Meanwhile Terrible Things are happening in the World

Which is more painful to dream about

A real woman you’ll never have

Or an unreal woman you’ll never meet?

Both dreams are wrong, but serve a purpose

To live in the Eden of ignorance

Or to drain the snake that always renews its venom,

To staunch the old wound for another night

Or suffer in hope until the morning comes?

How far this is from love, I know

My love just carries on, a continual throbbing drone

Though l persist in living alone.

If we let ourselves rest we could dream better dreams

Meanwhile terrible things are happening in the world

Wake up!


Signs of Life

In a tree nearby two crows are making a terrible row

Screeching at each other like a squabbling couple.

Reflected in my shaving mirror

I see a large Winged insect flying past behind me

For a moment I think it’s a small bird.

Salieri’s Requiem is playing on the radio

It’s not so bad as the press he got

Not so bad.


From → Poet

One Comment
  1. FREDERIC VINCENT permalink

    Another great post indeed, the flame must continue.

    Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:06:52 +0000 To:


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