Thursday, March 24, 2016

You are Here

Image source: NASA.com


You are Here

Almost eight-thousand miles across,
we spin and barrel round the sun
with words unsaid and dreams undone.

In flight, we fight, Crescent and Cross,
with voiceless song, we don’t belong
on pilfered scales; profit and loss

with bloodied banners, won by none
on borders, thousand miles across.
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Written for dVerse Poets - Octain Refrain–dVerse Meeting the Bar. I was intrigued by this new form and thought I’d give it a shot, as it seemed to be an ideal vessel for exploring our needlessly violent existence. We’re all stuck on the same spinning rock, yet we continue to massacre people for reasons that just don’t make any sense. 

Sorry for being a buzzkill. That’s just where I’m at these days.

Be sure to read the other dVerse Poets who also tried this form.


14 comments:

  1. With bloodied banners, won by none- I agree with you on the seemingly endless cycle of violence ~

    Thanks for joining us Barry ~ Happy Easter ~

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  2. Such powerful closing lines..!

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  3. This is so powerful and timely. So glad you shared it in a well-wrought Octain.

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  4. Don't apologise - the world's in a dreadful mess. You wrote it well.

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  5. Hey, sometimes the buzzkill banner has to be lifted and waved. Much to consider here!

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  6. Oh, this is wonderful! Fluid and rich in content.

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  7. A wonderful poem and I love your title! It's beyond me why people think the way they do and believe that killing is the answer to anything.

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  8. Well done format and meter. A pleasure to read.

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  9. Your title is simply fantastic. We are ALL here.
    Yes, please...let's all remember that.

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  10. Indeed won by none! When will we ever learn?

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  11. Relevant to easter and what is happening in the Middle East. Yet you used the form exactly extracting with it the force of conviction and the mercy you feel. Excellent.

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  12. We must question the madness in order to change it, so no apology required. A powerful release in your words that I'm sure many can relate to.

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  13. The violence is indeed senseless. Powerful piece.

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  14. SMiLes..
    iF onLY hUmans
    could sEE the world
    as endless round
    blue
    green
    Heaven
    noW..
    rather
    than
    narrow
    concrete
    sidewalk heLL..:)

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