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Of the Nature of Mankind - a poem
The following poem was written as a result of the events of 9/11, but its content delivers a punch against all war, while uplifting to the level of honor those who are willing to fight for their nation and principles.
The work is appropriate in today's world, now that the nation's attention is riveted by the events of the latest mass shooting -- an event caused not by the weapons involved, but by an individual under the influence of psychiatric drugs. The DRUGS are the target, not the weapons. The manufacturers and dispensers of these drugs are the CORRECT target to investigate and stop.
When Artist breathes his dream
to paint more than he can see,
Man’s turn of each blade or brush
colors his canvas victoriously,
with pomp and ceremony;
When flag unfurls with colors
sharp and wet with dew after rain,
so Man is revealed: he has feelings
sharp and wet as fresh spattered paint
not to be restrained;
Man’s palette is drawn from honor and
his essence is not from his guns;
no burden laid on Man’s shoulder shall stand
when bugle’s note is upon him
his colors shall not run.
© 2012 by Ronald Joseph Kule. Reserved.