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"Poor Mr. Hume II" Original Poetry
What can we learn from men of renown?
Men of the castles, men of the crown.
Who would cast out their fears of paying a toll.
For the evil they did and the riches the stole
What is soul?
Is it something you capture?
Is it something that re-mains ever after?
Is it the key to your legend?
Will if ever be mentioned?
Is there a God who is teaching a lesson?
Very smart men, he'd often lose count.
Of the amount, who had serious doubt.
As to whether or not virtue is truth
Tired of searching, they put on a suit.
They carry on carry on ev-er-y-day
They've found ways to make money in every which way.
They'll sell you your life, they'll sell you your death.
They sell confidence, they sell self respect.
And whether or not what they're selling is lies.
It's the buyer's mistake for closing his eyes.
So Poor Mr. Hume he purchased some suits and some ties.
And joined forces with great men of lies.
My oh my! The respect that you get!
Wearing a noose that wraps round your neck!
People will fall to the side of the road that you’re on
Just so that you get along.
They go out their way to say "Hi how are you" It is True!
Ain't it great, to be great in a suit...
But Poor Mr. Hume was so charged with fate
To be met with temptation and meant to debate.
The matters of Soul and of God and of Life.
As society slides and cuts like a knife.
It's his choice to rejoice in the sound of my voice
The breeze and the bees and the ocean's great noise
It's his choice to be moved by the towering buildings of Man
And make all of the money he can
But it Poor Mr. Hume would use his free will to seek thrills
And create for his brothers great ills
I Assume that Poor Mr. Hume is doomed
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The Author's Explanation
Disclaimer** I like for readers to find their own meaning, but I also like to convey what I feel about the work. So you have an advantage over me. If you can take what I say with a grain of salt and only take heed to my words so far as it puts you on the right track for deciphering meaning, you can take more understanding from the poem then the author!
This poem is part two of a three part semi-epic poem about a man with a big heart, who loves the natural world, but starts to break down from the pressures of modern day society
The first block of the poem is about the time in a rebellious man's life where he feels a little beaten down by society's demands. Unwilling to conform, he is met with a sense of hostility and confusion. So he begins to look back at history and sees who wins all the wars and makes all the money. The men they put on high may appear beautiful at face value, but as one becomes learned in the history of man, he sees many evil deeds were done in order to triumph in this world. This blueprint seems to work throughout history, and it always pays off for "the wicked" The only thing holding us back is the idea of virtue being inherently good. But unfortunately, this can only be taken on good faith. Mr. Hume starts to think that he may die a sucker, he fears he may be naive, not honorable. What is honor really? He thinks to himself
The second block is probably my favorite. It is sort of a satirical blend of story-telling about the forces of motivated men in the business word. It makes it sexy and ridiculous at the same time. It states the very obvious point that what they sell is fake feelings of happiness. It states that they know they are lying. It then gives a great excuse of their behavior. People allow this world to take advantage of them. Imagine if a herd of water buffalo laid themselves before lions. What would the lions do? The lines get blurred on the subject of right and wrong and so leads Mr. Hume to make his final decision.
In block three, Mr. Hume throws on his suit and tie and begins to go along with the hustle and bustle of common life. He feels the excitement of instant respect and adoration. He feels the power of a suit, and the benefits of money. He begins to ride the roller coaster of life. But somewhere deep within he suppresses something far more important. Something he never realized. The pertinence of his legend. The reader can also get a really good hint as to whose perspective the poem is in. The end of this final block gives way to the final part of this poem, soon to be available for the hubpages community.
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