Towards Better Democracy

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Seleccionado por tempo (português)


A poesia da pirâmide
aqueles poetas no topo
selecionado aqueles pela maioria
exigentes.

Aqueles de mérito tedioso permanecer assim
a poesia média dificilmente ler
aqueles abaixo da base ignorado.

O tempo se move e leitores seleccionar
de daqueles mais conhecido do passado
e uma nova pirâmide é
construída.

Formas mudam varrido pela passagem de tempo
linguagem se torna arcaico
problemas das pessoas, suas preocupações alterar
tópicos também já não dizem respeito
eles não são mais relevantes
na busca constante
para algo novo.

Para aumentar o interesse
os leitores do poeta de cada geração
requere a regeneração

O passado continua a ser grosso e
em uma pilha de cada aumentando montão
para o arquivista para ordenar
e o curioso encontrar.

Poemas selecionados pela passagem do tempo
permanecem esquecidos
maioria descartado
em um crescente
heap desaparecendo
relegado ao esquecimento
não recuperáveis.

Malcolm D B Munro
Sexta-feira 08 de abril de 2016

Filed under: poetry

Not Cut the Knife


Not cut the knife
Nor pierce the sword
Dewheel the chariot
Leave the trireme at home.

Hold back the axe
Nor use the noose
Let the hangman go
His day is o’er.

Save for love the arrow
Only metaphoric
Destring the bow
Nor breach the wall.

Slings do not use
Clothe the mace
Poison not
Let the prisoners go.

Domesticate the tank
Plug up the guns
The menace of flight and sail
Forever cease.

Less the noise of destruction
Let’s war no more
But settle through words
Mediation and arbitration
Maintain accord.

Let disputes be heard
Anger of voice never silence
But

Wait until it subsides
Reason will prevail.

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 8 April, 2016

Filed under: poetry

A Country New


A country new
Landscape unfamiliar
Terrain unknown
Need be mapped
Features discovered.

Now reborn
New skills to find
Past experience to recover.

Farms to hack
From the undergrowth
Crops to sow
Husbanded animals
To feed
And so to grow.

Ships to be built
Ports to make
Sailors to train
To sail those boats
Upon the highways of the seas.

People to hire
Work to provide
To keep the multitude
Employed.

Strategies to form
Tactics to decide
Plans drawn up
A country to build.

Wealth to create
Economy to provide
The dynamic that
Has peoples flourish.

Despotic never
Fairness ever
Laws written
To protect
And vigorously upheld.

People’s representatives
elect
To people’s interests’
Promulgate.

Transparency maintain
Democracy gain
And peace maintain
To provide contentment.

Borders select
To guard against
Those who covet
What themselves
Will not erect.

And time will come
When this is done
So one departs
To a country new
Of which world
Is not a part.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 8 April, 2016

Filed under: Culture

Time Selects


The pyramid of poetry
Those excellent
Select by those most discerning.

Of medium merit remain middling
The average hardly read
Those below the base ignored.

Time moves on and readers select
From those best known from
Time past and a new pyramid is
Built.

Forms change as time sweeps on
Language past becomes archaic
Concerns, preoccupations change
Topics too no longer concern
Are not relevant
In the constant search
For something
new.

To regain interest each poet’s
Readers’ generation
Demands regeneration.

The past remains thick and
In an every increasing heap
For the archivist to sort
And the curious to find.

Time selects and much
Remains forgotten
And more discarded
Into an ever increasing
Heap vanishing into
Oblivion unretrievable.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 8 April, 2016

 

Filed under: poetry

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