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    The moon was full,
    the darkness chastened
    by the torch lit band,
    a motley crew
    of spectators,
    leaving
    not
    a barren place
    to stand.

    Tiny ones
    hoisted
    on broad shoulders,
    their siblings
    struggling to see,
    mingled with
    the lawman,
    the drunkard,
    the naked-necked clergy.

    The healer,
    cured
    of hippocratic obligations,
    the sheriff,
    devoid of star,
    the uneasy,
    nursing nagging conscience,
    leering from afar.

    The Grand Wizard,
    appropriately attired,
    his minions at his back,
    the summarily condemned,
    bewildered,
    bonded,
    black.

    How ripe
    the hatred,
    juxtapose
    the desperation
    to be freed,
    a homicidal bacchanal,
    bearing *"strange fruit",
    strange fruit,
    indeed.

    *A reference to lyrics from the song, Strange Fruit, by Billie Holiday.






    Last edited by DWAYNE; 11-01-2016, 07:20 AM.

  • #2
    As always a great read, vivid phrases great structure I will be back this one deserves more than one read

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    • #3
      Love this, Dwayne, I am in the crowd!

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      • #4
        I would not want to be in this crowd - however convicting it may be to read this poetic rendering of history. As usual Dwayne - the power of your verse calls to action - never to reassemble this motley crew.

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        • #5
          A we left enough rope to hang ourselves with in the end. Where does evil hide, in the darkness. Poetic justice

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          • #6
            Dwayne, as always, sparse and beautiful. The thin rope of evil twirling slowly in the sad night air. I hope better for our children and their future kind.

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            • #7
              You have a special voice. Your work is readable and intelligent.

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