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The Last Bastion

In a world decayed by tyrants and greed, Serving the human for the human mans creed. Separation and conflict, the terms we now know Where once The Last Bastion “Hope” used to grow Defensible positions push further the lines Where once the Hearth kept us warm through the times The surety of plenty now fallowed with salt Our Promised Land lays dormant, brought to a halt Successor and Succor were once the lands governed Brought low by obsession, greed is now covered By laws and amendments they do what they will Never giving care to the blood that they spill A spearheaded tactic, to punch through the lies Conviction and reason, the common ones cries To once again see a world of solace and care To take away hatred, and an end to despair So with this, The Last Bastion “Hope” you can see The salt lifted from a land that was once diseased And never more daunted by an endless abyss With “Hope” Comes “Love” and in the end … is “Bliss”

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  1. Date: 5/14/2011 1:23:00 PM

    Must make comment Ryland, on your featured poem. (A worthy write indeed)

  1. Date: 5/13/2011 6:31:00 PM

    Ryland.. congratulations on your wonderful feature of the week... I sure enjoyed... take care,..p.d

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 10:31:00 AM

    Hi Ryland-a truly magnificent piece.I agree with all the negatives.Yet love the way you end with a beautiful feel especially the last line.These sentiments are engraved in my heart also.Thank you for sharing them.Congratulations on being featured.I would also like to add this to my favourites.God bless you. Love June(sylvia)

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 8:47:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Ryland. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 4:28:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Ryland

  1. Date: 5/8/2011 5:25:00 PM

    Congrats Ryland on your featured poem this week on P.S. ..a superb one to share with us all my friend with luv.. hope u are doing well .. luv to u..

  1. Date: 12/19/2010 11:04:00 AM

    What a wonderful piece, I have enjoye this. Thank you. --Madison

  1. Date: 11/19/2010 5:20:00 AM

    SOUP MAIL..Ryland ...

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 8:51:00 AM

    Oh Ryland, I so enjoyed reading this piece, you are a poet with a voice and you use it. I appreciate the consistent meter as it made for a fluid read, nicely achieved. Fantastic message my friend, thank you.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 8:42:00 PM

    You are a perceiver and by words you clearly tell what has been the wrong doing of the system and how we can get out of that system. An eye opener you have written here, Ryland. Thanks for sharing this. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 9:17:00 AM

    Hello, Ryland thanks for your latest comment, very deep and i love the end of your poem. How we all fall in to bliss,, well we should lol, we all have to love one way or another.. Enjoyed. *p.s* i wrote a poem of dedication hope you stop buy to say hi, i managed to capture all my favorite poets in my (101 POETS) Have a nice day,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 5:35:00 AM

    Intense lines Ryland with a positive spin in the last verse.. like this type of finality with positiveness attached... appreciate your warm and welcome comments and compliments as well to my poetry.. hoping u will begin to partake of the contests on Soup as a new avenue to express your poetry ..happy weekend with luv..

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 2:15:00 AM

    a good couplet on hope even when the conditions are too bad

  1. Date: 11/5/2010 8:09:00 AM

    I am much impressed with With hope comes love and in the end is Bliss, Ryland