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A Poem by OCeallaigh

Author: OCeallaigh
Created: February 06, 2012 at 06:46 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Activism | General/Other | General/Other
Upload Stats: 4.5 Stars by 3 users with 4 comments and 571 views

Decline and Fall  

Who is this inside the walls ?
The dropping of metaphoric hints
Mordancy masqueraded and applied
Precursor of promulgation
Summon all the captains !
Call out the guard !
Potentates, kingdoms and communities
The many faces and names
Recognized and recorded
Seemingly appeased and definitely regulated
Potentates and their kingdoms
Mere puppets and provinces
Subservient to the empire
Walls and towers rising
Built to keep barbarians from the gates
Constructed to keep order within
Wills readily submitted
Loyalty demanded, pledged and tested
Weeding out dissidence from between flagstones
Another gilded shit hole marring life
Another empire’s rancid decline and fall
Class system, position and servitude
The irony of starving beside a vomitorium
Genocidal generals and evil emperors
Admired as heroes and made into living gods
Silk clad priesthood and the religion of state
Singing praises and selling prayers
Hanging spirituality by the door as it were flypaper
Wealthy beyond belief and tended well by their flocks
Enslavement, a false sense of security
Lords and ladies seemingly of great virtue
Entertained nightly by the ancient whore of Babylon
Reveling in your own rotting decay
While Jupiter, Jehovah and Jesus are fast asleep
While barbarians are pounding down your gates
How many times must we breach your walls ?
How many times must we tear your empire down ?

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August 28, 2012
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powerful writing. history is always being repeated, and the corruption seems to never end. i like the way you illustrated that. this is so passionate, and it's a pleasure to read writing with an important message. sadly it's probably over the heads of many. definitely one of the better poems i've read on this site.

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February 06, 2012
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this is unique (in a good way, of course) and well written ^_^
nice work, keep it up! x

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February 06, 2012
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this takes awhile
to get to the point, but once there, the conclusion is up to the reader---always a good device...I would only get to it a little more quickly, but that is your call. You did pull me

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February 06, 2012
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interesting theme
How many times must we tear your empire down ?
lots of question to be answer, great theme.


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