Drums Across Time (villanelle)

By dwells

The strongest tribe will take the biggest cave
“Injustice!” – did the lesser tribes exclaim
The heart remembers what the minds forgave

Primordial, Man’s penchant to enslave
Injustice – all through history, the same
The strongest tribe will take the biggest cave

The wealth of kings, the kingdom cannot save
Injustice – how the swain invokes your name
The heart remembers what the minds forgave

Excuse the bad behavior of the knave
Injustice – angry cudgel meant to shame
Aggrieved; no compensating what he gave

The anarchy of guillotine and glaive
Injustice – does the peasant breast inflame
No good intentions live beyond the grave

Infernal drum whose beat will soon deprave
Injustice – never litigates the blame
The strongest tribe will take the biggest cave
The heart remembers what the minds forgave
 

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Copyright 2017 dwells
Published on Thursday, February 9, 2017.     Filed under: "Philosophical" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

The tyranny of the minorities (everybody has an axe to grind)
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  • A former member wrote: Simply masterful. "We didn't start the fire...." You're still the best at what you do and still one of my top favorites, man. Thanks for sharing this.

  • motherofnature On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, motherofnature (48)By person wrote:

    truckling along throughout your mind. as i dismember every line.. enchantment your words come hard like cement. another great write Dan!

  • Jerry stiles On Friday, February 10, 2017, Jerry stiles (314)By person wrote:

    U got that rite brotherrr,,the strongest survive,,

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