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How Far the Distant Dream

Updated on July 2, 2013
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How Far the Distant Dream

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

Fuelled by a sense of desperation,

the downtrodden claw their way to the rim,

the very edge of a normal life,

a vista unseen from their accustomed surroundings.

The scrapes and bruises of ascent,

ooze their common blood onto the earth,

where baron lay the corpses of past aspirations,

the bleached bones of the vanquished.

This the birthright of the common man,

to suffer at the hands of those above them,

those who would expound the benefits of oppression,

for the gratification of self and advantage.

And still they rise, claw by claw,

to glimpse the sunrise on hallowed ground,

and breath the air of Gods,

where palaces glisten upon clouds so white.

And they, the cloud livers, look not down,

except to brush the emerging claws from hold,

carelessly, without thought or consideration,

and return to more fruitful endeavours.

Were we once equal, now has passed,

like a dream that never was,

and now in values renewed,

equality is a dying paradigm.

What comes to those of greed,

serves no fitting end to the downtrodden,

whose lives lived in sufferance, prolonged,

hardly see the light of day.

Balance takes too long...

Whatever we aspire to be, there will always be judgement and perceived cultural, religious and philosophical differences and therefore status. Those higher, or so thought, will always fight to remain there, thus oppressing those who aspire to elevate their lives. This is a fact of life, a human trait. How I wish equality could return to consciousness.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You are indeed kind with your eloquent remarks, which I of course appreciate greatly. Love docos too, travel, historic and nature- just love David Attenborough. And anything to do with art and conservation I love. I would have loved to do that for a job (bit late now). Enjoy your night my friend. Signing off from The great southern land 6.25pm Adelaide.

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      5 years ago

      You paint your words with a brush but I know you use a pen/keyboard and your impressionistic style of writing is so very artfully done and always a profound experience for this lucky reader.

      Off now to watch a documentary. I am on a documentary kick these days and yesterday I watched Terror in Moscow - and- The world's most expensive paintings - a BBC documentary - both of which I would highly recommend.

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