Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baudelaire by Bob Atkinson

(c)2012 Bob Atkinson
freedom of speech is relative
as he learned with Les Fleurs du mal
to speak of things best left unsaid
can be one's quick downfall

characters upon the words
which sailed from his closed lips
to the pen and hence the paper
included unspoken forbidden quips

one who ruled the paper's points
and threw caution to the gale
indeed always set his sights
on that which might ever fail

and fail he did to bring along
the people to their freedom
of word, of thought of simple deed
into that maelstrom dreaming

dreaming of his natural fears
those which he did equate
to violence, lust and all those ideals
which had shaken, brutally, all of us

now the times have come full circle
who do we have to blame
for those animations we expose
to our children with their games

I, in my selfishness, feel he is my kin
although his bravery exceeds my own
my senses recall his themes

simple long lost whims of life
that which throws one back
to the ageless barbaric soul
of those whose lives are past

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