The beast is culled & the tree is uprooted,
Hewn, shot, cut down & now sadly booted,
It does not belong & should never be here,
The poor innocents shake & tremble in fear.
Man emigrated, discovered, travelled & moved,
Overseas, through air, on foot & long ago hooved,
Digging, planting & killing in those faraway lands,
Meddling in all, with their sick minds & sad hands.
Removing, taking, sending, to & from all nations wide,
Tusk, plume, seed, egg, plant & from beasts, horn & hide,
Placing the poor saddened aliens in hostile foreign places,
Now, same unhappy creatures hinder man´s natural spaces.
Aliens now not wanted, propagating, breeding & spreading,
Their awful presence, leaving men shaking heads & dreading,
Defenseless species, no fault of theirs in these cruel lands,
Due to yearning of man´s greed & the meddling of his hands.
© Sue Lobo
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
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Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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