Where There Were No Doors

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before - Joseph Campbell

Monday, August 15, 2005

A poem (sorry)

In the past couple of years I've written perhaps a hundred or so short poems (usually in 5-7-5 format... haiku-like). I came very close to publishing them as a collection last year, but didn't have the time or money to do it the way I really wanted. Perhaps one day I shall.

The poem that follows is not haiku-like. And it's even got some rhyming going on! I don't think it's all that great, but I'm publishing it because I wrote it in my dream last night and was surprised that I could still remember it when I awoke.


"This is where it all begins"
said the man with the medals

His listeners grinned
their fingers twitched
(there were buttons that needed pressing)

"Collateral damage
will be kept to a minimum"
(but that's just window dressing)

So the missiles fly and the bombs fall
And the cities in the desert burn.


"This is where it all begins"
said the man with the fat cigar

His listeners grinned
their fingers twitched
(there were contracts that needed signing)

"The taxpayers loss
will be our gravy train"
(and it'll be some politician who ends up resigning)

So the desert oil flows into American cars
And the corporate waistline expands.


"This is where it all begins"
said the man in the armoured car

His listeners stared
their fingers twitched
(through nervousness and confusion and fear)

"We'll be in and out in seconds
they won't know what hit them"
(his tour into its second year)

But the roadside bomb has other plans
Now his mother protests in Crawford.


"This is where it all begins"
said the man in the green headscarf

His listeners stared
their fingers twitched
(through nervousness and confusion and fear)

"We'll drive them from our land
return to us what's ours"
(to him his purpose is clear)

Patriotism, greed, duty and anger
People kill and die for many reasons.

2 Comments:

Anonymous PMM said...

Nil Carborundum Illegitimum, Jim.

You know the context. Thanks for the words of wisdom. I hope things change.

Best wishes.

Paul.

15/8/05 23:49  
Blogger Jim Bliss said...

Many thanks Paul.

Things always change. That's the one thing that doesn't. Right now my life's something of a high-pressure environment, but it can't stay that way forever, right?

Fricking well hope so anyways!

I hope all's groovy with your good self (or, "yo bad self", as I believe is the modern idiom).

Take care,

jim.

15/8/05 23:55  

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