ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Controlling Forces

Updated on January 27, 2015
Source

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

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      tirelesstraveler, I bow to you...

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      3 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!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      3 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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Peg, really since time began.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • CMCastro profile image

      Christina M. Castro 

      3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This poem makes the reader think!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      3 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.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 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.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • cygnetbrown profile image

      Cygnet Brown 

      3 years ago from Springfield, 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.

    • cygnetbrown profile image

      Cygnet Brown 

      3 years ago from Springfield, 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.

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Great write!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)