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A Portion For Foxes

by Dan Kasten

For two thousand years man has fought over small
scraps of land as if they held some intrinsic spiritual value

each generation has faced these same cracked
plains of dried blood and rusted steel
while repackaging their archaic wisdom
as mirrors of divine truth and justice

today, with methods validated by the smoke of burning
history books the vocal raise money for policies
better spent in airport gift shops

relegating those who would fight for the good of humanity
to die in ignorance for politicians who long ago
traded their birthrights for a place on Wall Street

and to become nothing more than a portion for foxes.

09/17/2007

Author's Note: “They shall go into the lower parts of the earth: they shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.” — Psalms 63:9-10

From my second collection of works—The Laws Of Proper Perspective

Posted on 09/17/2007
Copyright © 2020 Dan Kasten

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 09/18/07 at 03:10 AM

Sounds like a hell of a collection, judging from this one alone.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/18/07 at 04:09 AM

"a portion for foxes" is a fascinating phrase and I admire how you have applied it to our time. There is something so basic, primal, and behind-the-scenes bloody - very effective.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 09/22/07 at 03:15 AM

How have I not found this sooner? I can hear it being read in the powerhouses, in the subways, in the city halls, in the libraries.

(Ah, though I think the ones who'd truly grok it would be in the subways and libraries. My favorite kinda people.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/25/16 at 04:45 PM

Good to see as POTD! Sadly a timeless piece.

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