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We see Them Beating

by Darren Swift

If they were gods they would have stood on day eight
realised the wrongs that they had wrought.
They would have righted them, there and then,
with zippers, from naked throats to navels.

From that day forward men would meet, open
their chests to remove beating hearts for views;
seeing that inside they were all the same
colour of skin would mean nothing more.

But they were not gods, so no shiny lines
appeared, instead their voices, thoughts, deeds
opened their hearts to us, ours to them;
and the pigments blurred from our eyes.


Author's Note: For the Kings and others of their ilk - may they forever inspire us.

Posted on 03/14/2006
Copyright © 2022 Darren Swift

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/16/06 at 07:36 PM

Thought provoking piece. My take is that despite our imperfections, we must strive to be Gods to one another.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 03/16/06 at 08:54 PM

James, welcome to Pathetic. Your words are so universal - we seem to have "kings" across the Pond, too. As Don suggested, the 3 quatrains work well.

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