A Poem by JohnCreekmore

Author: JohnCreekmore
Created: June 15, 2017 at 03:25 am
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
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The miners of old would keep
Canaries in the shafts with them
To gauge the state of the air,

For the little birds would succumb
First, a sign to the miners to flee.

Know, though, that toxicity occurs
not only in mines, but also in the
Souls of men,

Which, if exposed long enough 
To it, begin to wither and die.

Hear me, countrymen, and seek
Now to clear the air,

For when the canaries begin
To fall, the eagle in time may

© JohnCreekmore - all rights reserved

Author Notes

Around seven eastern time this morning, a 66 year old man named James Hodgkinson ambushed a group of Republican congressmen with a rifle as they were practicing for a charity baseball game later this week.  A congressman, a staffer and two policemen were wounded. Hodgkinson was himself badly wounded by police and later died at a hospital.  He had a history of political extremism and encounters with the law.  It is likely the climate of political toxicity that has plagued the US for the last several years was a major factor in pushing him over the edge.  People who are unbalanced mentally or are of extreme ranges of temperament are the "canaries" of the above poem, those who are most likely to snap in a poisonous atmosphere.  As Washington seems to be a main source of this poison, I suggest that containing and dissipating it is the task of  the bulk of the citizenry, whatever their political persuasion.  If we don't at least make the attempt, we may see the scenes of today repeated, only on a grander scale.

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June 15, 2017
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I heard about this event yesterday, Your note made a clear image about it in my head, the brilliancy of Your poem and the way You expressed the accident is outstanding, I love it, I pray many people will be aware there, and no more events like this to be repeated, take care of You and stay safe.

Thanks, LS.  This is a time of polarization in the US, with too many people demonizing those who disagree with them.  While I have never witnessed any acts of violence, I realize they are all too common now.  This is just a phase the country is going through, something like the 1960's were.  It will pass.  Thanks for your concern.

 JohnCreekmore replied on June 15, 2017

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