Thursday, October 24, 2013

To Lament the Past - by Bob Atkinson

To Lament the Past
(c)2013 Bob Atkinson

saw those open laments
bewails of days gone past
where someone infringed upon
a culturally divided view of life


killing to them before this time
not an unknown act
daily fact as they attacked
anyone not of their relation
 
another tribe another wagon
another body to them not people
another way of gaining goods
for their women and relatives 

what they object to vigorously
that little bit of life's pedigree
which hurt their culture's pride
as their rituals taken so far aback

knowledge lost on bloodied sands
history unknown of their bands
a tree whose leaves fall to the ground
to keep their ancestors unfounded

so who among us tries not to
succeed in what we do
or maybe that's the problem here
effort's not in some imbued

have little patience for those who now
sit on their lazy arches
and bemoan that they are not Kings
when being King denotes the process

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