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The Controlling Forces

Updated on January 27, 2015
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When the darkness comes out to play,

I breathe a sigh of eternal relief.

The roses elicit a sweet and lasting bouquet

Where my heart was plucked by a silent thief.


The thorn of life struck me more than once

And I nearly fled from clandestine shores.

The taste of blood stayed with me for months

The bottle of wine lay broken by the door.


Waste not, want not forever more

Thine eyes cast daggers for sights unseen,

And yet mine heart remains solely an adventurer

Where the past is the future and nothing is routine.


I raise my goblet as though to dare

And the parchment before me lay in shreds.

My pen and indigo ink cast in despair

Then come what may, birthed thoroughbreds!


Former days seem better than the lies that were cast,

Candles replaced by electric lights.

I’m holding tightly to those days unsurpassed

Where the pen is mightier for human rights.


Battles were fought over selfish needs

And men lie dying in mud lined trenches.

How can this life be overcome with greed

While at another time sit silent lovers on park benches?


To observe this sad state from a timeless room

Staring through a vile glass orb while unseen

Vested by a power that can cast shadow and doom

How can we remove this political machine?

© 2015 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      tirelesstraveler, I bow to you...

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      "Then come what may, birthed thoroughbreds!" This one sentence is powerful and encouraging. Cheers!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      manatita, I remain in the annals of time. So close, yet so far.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Awesome, brilliant, beautiful and powerful poem. Hey Deb, I'm keeping an eye on you! Don't run too far ahead of me. Exquisite poetry!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin, glad that this meant something to you.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I felt that was impressive Deb and I seemed to be rejuvenated after I read it. I voted it up++, shared, Tweeted and G+ it.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Peg, really since time began.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      For thousands of years it's been war for profit and spoils. You've expressed it beautifully here.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia. In this era, it certainly makes you wonder how our leadership thinks.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very thought provoking poem, Deb. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was hoping that would be the case, Christina. Thanks much for reading.

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      Christina M. Castro 2 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This poem makes the reader think!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      For some reason, mankind is inherently an animal, and as such, this is what happens, Billy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is, once again, you at your best. I am beginning to doubt we can ever change this aspect of society. That doesn't mean I don't want it....but will it happen? I doubt it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      SO true, Sha, but as we become wiser, we plan less for the future...

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Powerful poem, Deb. If only we could turn back the hands of time!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, cygnet brown, I am not so sure. I think the general public is becoming much wiser and less likely to believe the gobbledegook dished out on their plates.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Vellur, when it is all said and done, the world powers still have difficulties, too

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, Jackie, we can't, but like me, we all notice it don't we?

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      Donna Brown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I agree with the poem. It is time that we learned that the controlling forces that bring on the war machine are by no means altruistic. There are few who recognize this.

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      Donna Brown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I agree with the poem. It is time that we learned that the controlling forces that bring on the war machine are by no means altruistic. There are few who recognize this.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great write!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful poem. Good question Deb; and I am sure we can't. ^+

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