When Clever Hopes Expire

Wassilly Kandinsky ideelart.com

Wassilly Kandinsky
ideelart.com

History
comes home
from time to time
Rewrites itself even
in the affairs of those
who once stood tall
against its tyrants
We become
a tyranny

So subtly
the politician
wields his power
First he teaches fear
then hate comes easily
Isolate the scapegoat
Paint him enemy
in the name
of security

The press
prints his lies
til he purchases it
Pulpits speak truth
he re`mythologizes it
Science frightens us
he nationalizes it
He’ll make us
great again

“Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.” ~ W.H. Auden

A note to my readers: The prompts for my verses for this week all come from W.H. Auden’s
poem ‘September 1, 1939’. It is a most powerful poem which Auden wrote from a bar on New York City’s Fifty-second Street. If you have  not read it I’d suggest you read it now. You can find it at http://www.poemdujour.com/Sept1.1939. Blessings and Peace! 

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to When Clever Hopes Expire

  1. My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
    Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

    By Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Liked by 1 person

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