February 2, 2023


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Sleepless In My Battle


We who wield the mighty sword
leaded and sharpened neat and straight
search vainly for hearty tales
where Eros or God has placed a hand
and turned the wilderness we have made
back into the garden with apple trees
and juicy synonym pairs and plums.

We yearn to taste the flesh sublime
to feel its secretions dripping
and with them ourselves slipping
into a whirlpool of sheer delight
from which we never rediscover
loneliness, despair, and pain.
Oh to be in that blissful state again
this side of the great divide!

So I put my pen and sword aside,
straighten my back and feign content
when in truth the World’s goodness
is so well and truly spent
that it has bled me completely dry.
For every orphaned child I wish to cry,
or for widowed mother lowly bent
her home a shattered withered wreck,
I stay safely at home cocooned
my tears long since completely dried
desensitised by gory media information –
I count them one by one instead
as passing dark amorphous sheep
whose task is solely to prevent my sleep.


© griffonner 2022

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  1. Sometimes I think our ancestors are so right, I mean look whatever they said comes out to be true. Like take this one above pen and swords, yeah the pen is superior to swords. And I think violence is nothing but a short-term solution that gives birth to tons of problems in the future. Whereas a pen can be used to convey love, peace, and harmony but a sword can’t do that it can only deliver hate, and fear. A great poem Allen, I hope you agree with me.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Mike. Of course I agree with your words. This saying is interesting though, because it isn’t actually all that ancient, it is attributed to Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. He was an English writer and politician (agghh!) Sorry that word send me round the bend a bit these days! *shudders* 🙂

      1. Well, Well, I didn’t know that Allen, I would like to say other than enjoying writings on parapraxis now I am getting to learn things also.

  2. Ideas have a more significant influence on people and society than force. But, It is up to us to decide whether we should fight or write. To make a difference in society, someone may choose a sword while another may choose a pen. But, we all should remember that those who use the sword will die by the sword.

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