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Torches not Swords

Oh these words fell so harshly
  spread amongst our beaten ears
    a lashing cruelly shared 
             ....flames stoked by hot air

Ugly sides of bitter souls
  mirthfully determined to discourage
    grasping for sullen companions
      spreading the black thin and wide
         embracing the abyss blissfully

Fear and distrust given contagious wings
  A vengeful hawk soaring 
    manipulating the wind of lies
       then perches again on
         the arm of a deceitful handler

Confounded masses fed from a trough
  a slop of negative gruel sated the willing
     gluttons conspire to poison naive revelers
        hand feeding susceptible fawns tainted grain
           leaving plague like damage in wake.....
Blessed are those souls refusing to succumb
   filtering and illuminating, nurturing clarity and wisdom
      passing torches, not swords, in which to battle blindness
         freeing thought through expression and uninhibited honesty
             curing the poison of prejudice with the light of love and humanity

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  1. Date: 4/27/2009 8:37:00 PM
    I loved the last line Steve, maybe with the love we show one another the world can be a better place to live. if we pray and work hard and long enough it is possible I want to believe. You say it well in this inspiring piece of magnificence. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my work, always appreciated.

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:12:00 PM
    I love the line "passing torches, not swords, in which to battle blindness". Awesome concept -so true... love your images and wording! Beautiful... once again, haha. :) Micaela

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 2:16:00 AM
    A poem of precision, vision and truth. Elegant lines, perfect design, great write. Love

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 11:35:00 AM
    Such incredible writing! Somewhat on the same page of thought as Steve's Soul of Beauty! Love the hopeful and TRUE last verse and title of this amazing masterpiece. Yes, the light of love of the human spirit prevails! Such a positive and uplifting ending! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 3:46:00 AM
    This is another masterfully write filled with high level thought and wisdom.. your pen excel with intelligence know how to articulate your thoughts very well with words that get to the heart of the matter...well done.