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A Poem by RobertRonnow


Author: RobertRonnow
Created: November 15, 2015 at 01:45 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Free Verse | Writing | General/Other
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World Order  

Financiers feel superior to farmers
and pundits have it over poets.
All to the good because if you think America's
doing just fine, don't skip to the poetry reviews.
Our enemies are barbarous, our allies duplicitous
but our smart bombs are smart--that's how they found you.

Dad said all wars are resource wars. Follow
the money. The world needs more order, nothing
less than Nazis, never may the anarchic man's thoughts
be my thoughts, each shove sends a ping,
shields urge on shields, helmets helmets, we can be
the reigning kings between the last empire and the next

or implement a vision of collective deliberation
and binding agreements. Can China's navy
be harnessed to ensure free passage through
the South China Sea? We'll see how
things work out in the next generation.
In the meantime should I read Henry Kissinger's meditations?

He who thinks poetry's effete
probably considers Darwin a geek and Einstein
a postal clerk. Containment means leaving space
for the passionate and zealous to face themselves
and giving them missiles that don't work.
Slowing everyone down until one thing's done well--

governance or sustenance or brotherhood.
When violence comes to the neighborhood
the hierarchy will hold or fold, it is then the peace work proves relevant.
Failing to achieve understanding, we're searching outer space
for an entity to unite us as humanity.
That person, or city, is consciousness.

By that what is meant. Sitting still and thinking deeply
on the relation of anger to coercion,
systems for correcting the decisions of earlier presidents.
We're required to report incidents of depression
to a doctor because you're a valued member of of our community,
or so insignificant no one notices or cares.

How necessary the interface of war and poetry!


© RobertRonnow - all rights reserved

Author Notes


www.ronnowpoetry.com

"If you think America is doing just fine, then skip ahead to the poetry reviews. If, however, you worry about a globe spinning out of control, then World Order is for you." --John Micklethwait, NY Times Book Review
--Friedman, Thomas L., "What's Their Plan? Obama's Strategy for Fighting ISIS Isn't All About Us", New York Times, September 14, 2014
--Homer, As when the winds, ascending by degrees, The Iliad, trans. Alexander Pope, Penguin Books, 1996.
--Micklethwait, John, "As the World Turns: Henry Kissinger's "World Order"", NY Times Book Review, September 14, 2014
--Ray, David, "To a Child of Baghdad", Music of Time: Selected & New Poems, The Backwaters Press, 2006.


 
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Comments & Reviews ( X 3)



AMPietroschek
January 26, 2016
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A heavyweight reminder
This poem is nearly impaired by the realism of its context. It made a very heavy and brooding impression to me on first read, still it cares about flaws which threaten more than just our own ego or convenience.

I vote it into spotlight, for warning humanity (or the US part of it) about consequences and necessities!

Format and skill-level displayed convinced me the author does not need any more generic hints on writing, so I left 'em out to waste least time. ;-)

'Done well you did, young Jedi?'
applaudapplaudapplaud


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