Writen by Harris Ismail
Phoenixes are bold,
but a raven is equally dangerous;
the sky is a battlefield
for the wild and untamed monsters,
even a lion can’t conquer a dragon.
Pegasus is wise –
stay high and low when the flight becomes deadly;
maybe the human realm can provide a home:
its better to risk homage
than the falcon’s claws;
so, the belief spreads wide.
Humans are an intelligent lot;
their imagination builds and destroys,
their fights are puny but scandalous,
their gods and God
fight for them equally;
but ambition mixed with religion
even in the angels’ midst.
How peaceful the sky was
until humans entered the untamed wild!
An ox can only plough,
even a mule is envious
of a broken horse:
prestige is hard to come by,
the weight isn’t a problem,
but a family deserves a meal –
even rotten bread acceptable.
Whether artificial or real,
the lion’s master is supreme;
the jungle is now a rat’s kingdom,
lest how does one survive the fires
on the battlefield
of the supremacists?
It’s better to be under and docile
than agile and idealistic;
leftist rebels never go far.
The old age is back –
only weaponised ideas are acceptable;
otherwise, stick to tyranny and “free world” ideologies.
The head is better off on the shoulders,
even the eyes won’t see the blade come:
Gods strike from the rear while
soothing from the front.
Dreams are nothing but illusions
in the face of a dreamer;
brethren save foxes for brotherhood
but handle the razor for the dark angels.
The bravery of Alexandria the Great
and the accomplishments of the great General Napoleon
have all become a mockery
by the so-called gods;
literacy has become a threat
in the world of swords over pens;
though even a pencil would have been better
for the dignity and honour
of the peasants and veterans
of a damned society.
Gods know no pain,
the god maker chooses wisely
the relentless warriors of faith
blinded by too much of light:
maybe religion is a sham
to deprive the weak of a cause
and create a dream of betterness
in a raging storm.
Surely, the oracles of old
foresaw a different future
and our prophets of righteousness
deviated from that foreseen path;
still a path is only worthy
as yet it sticks.
Give me liquor brother,
dreams weigh me down
to free a people consumed by righteousness and strength,
I want to create renegades steered by love;
maybe then, dreamers can have a go
at the double-edged swordplay
and learn the rules
of the righteous.
© 2022 Harris Ismail
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Meet the writer:
Harris Ismail is a Kenyan poet who evocatively uses words to paint human feelings and associations with intentions of inspiring his readers and prompting positive changes in the society. Click here to connect with him on Facebook.
In this jeremiad poem, Ismail reveals how skew human beliefs and selfish ambitions affect their coexistance and lifestyles. He bemoans violence, heresy and the overstretched struggle for power and recognition at the detriment of social norms and welfare.
In an endeavor to patently divulge these powerful ideas, Ismail highlights some historical, spiritual and mythological byspels of battles and draws a sharp contrast between them and the current humans’ untamed responses to conflict. According to him, humans crossed the boundary when they dogmatically entered a supremacy battle that is not akin to their kind. And the result of it is a life wrought with endless physical and ideological wars. What an ingenious line of thoughts!
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