Ruler of the World

by Rula Shin

words, in order, rough
spaces performing his lies,
and syllables, tough
like killers entwined,
retrace his hard victim’s

present tense,
crushed in pen,
pours his mind.

lying life,
caught in ink,
logs his find.

whispers, all dark, tiny
sentences dipped into font,
and turned pages, walls
left dripping his rage,
replacing moments of want

his countrymen now

waking and


Posted on 01/14/2004
Copyright © 2023 Rula Shin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ashok Sharda on 01/14/04 at 05:24 PM

'His countrymen now Waking and SEEING, His Lasting Revenge. After all. After having paid a heavy cost. Nice piece.And subtle.

Posted by Agnes Eva on 01/16/04 at 08:18 PM

highly symbolic socio-political piece, as I see it. good writing

Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 01/16/04 at 08:43 PM

member apps flashback on this piece..very nice job.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/17/04 at 12:23 AM

Sure can relate to this one...flashback to an earlier life and angry/cynical poet.

Posted by Beth K Hannah on 01/18/04 at 02:22 AM

i liked the fourth stanza...i like the raw and vividness of this. Welcome

Posted by J. P. Davies on 04/14/04 at 07:29 PM

I'll add my voice to the masses here. This piece walks a fine line, using delicate word play but very dark language. I think if you took out the "his" in the second line it would be that much more powerful. It would give the lies their own personification. And considering you use the word "his" later in the stanza it would take nothing from the piece. Well written peice...

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