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by Mary Frances Spencer

oh greedy blade
money sharpened
dangling precarious
nuclear biological
survival a guillotine
in the wrong hands
over us too busy

to notice


Author's Note: Inspired by Joeseph Serna's recent posting Ex:tinc:tion.

Posted on 03/14/2008
Copyright © 2023 Mary Frances Spencer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/14/08 at 08:19 PM

A warning we should heed as a society as a whole. Excellent. Thanks.

Posted by George Hoerner on 03/14/08 at 09:24 PM

Ah yes, but the guillotine at least is quick! It is the stifling of speech that is the slow death. You can feel and reach for every moment of silence. Nice write lady.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/14/08 at 09:42 PM

Indeed. Your line breaks are effective in this - the separation of the last bit is great. "money sharpened" is a unique phrase. I like.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 03/16/08 at 04:59 PM

What a swift and efficient slice you make into the densness of our consciousness. Your poem makes me wonder how much responsibility for our not noticing falls upon us individually and how much is product of the persistent and tyrranous grip of the economy. Thought-provoking and powerful piece, Mary Frances. Bravo!

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 03/16/08 at 09:16 PM

Yes!! Exactly!

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 03/19/08 at 02:34 PM

This belongs on the front page, especially today.

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