A Haiku - Revenge

Revenge is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. (Romans 12:19-21)

Who said "Revenge is sweet"?
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If we all exact revenge, it will be endless.


Revenge is not sweet!

A farmer's tale and rat's tail

Tell the story well:


The rat, as rats do,

Stole from the farmer's ripe fields.

Until it was caught.


The farmer's revenge

Was to set the rat on fire.

Like a rocket now,


The rat in pain fled

Setting the ripe fields ablaze.

Revenge had its cost.


Revenge is not sweet!

Injury to the farmer,

Lit a flame in him.


The rat was punished

For doing what a rat does.

Better send the cat.


Cats do what they do,

As every rat will attest.

Revenge destroys self.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Comments 16 comments

win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Hi Perspycacious-

As we all have heard

Revenge is a dish best served cold

Rat flambe', guess not

Ha!

-DW


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

win-winresources: You are the first to comment on this one, too. Hope this rang the bell for you. Have a wonderful spring (while it lasts) day.


win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Perspycacious-

Spring, in Colorado, is typically divided into: Late winter and early summer. Today is the latter, 90+ degrees (but 10% humidity).

-DW


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

win-winresources: Sending more of the same your way.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Ah, very clever and very true!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Georgia, Georgia, nice coming from a poet such as you. Thanks.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Revenge is unpleasant.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Revenge can be both bitter and sweet. I believe in taking revenge only in extreme circumstances. Rat stew anyone?


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: I hope you read the scriptural reference. In effect vengeance is God's to execute or not. We are meant to forgive, and to learn from our forgiving.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Natural tendency, but remember what has been said about "the natural man" and realize that we are asked to overcome the natural man in ourselves and to become even as He is.


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Talk about turning the tides! Great Hub.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for the reading and regular follow. "Time and tide wait for no man." We are either progressing or regressing just as the tides do.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

You are so right...revenge is NOT sweet! Great haiku. Vote up!!!!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

picklesandrufus: Now the neighbor's dog is called Rufus! I think my dad somehow had them move in next door on purpose so I would think of him so many extra times each day. Typical call to the dog by its master is "Get over here, Rufus!!!"


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Yep, revenge can be a two edged sword, What is it with farmers and rats? Brilliant haiku poems, loved them.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what a great word of wisdom...you've said it well Demas...

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