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The Wakening

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The Wakening

The world spins kaleidoscopic, a whorl of color in revolt.
Oceans quake malleable, molding into fissures of tectonic hunger,
ravaging the deep, stirring the primal need depressing
populations’ unseen to the denizens of land, disregarded in man’s wake.
From the diatom, to the whale, from the single cell to the open hand 
from the sun, to the stars, to the mushroom bomb, we’ve light.

Within the orb of eye, retinal flares of light,
an inside-out, upside-down, yin and yang revolution
juxtaposing wealth with poverty, as throngs rise  asking for hand
outs, aching with a human need to know, hungering.
Childhood has ended, the tell-tale snake does wake.
Death’s rattle will subside, as the head eats the tail of depression.

Communication will become the global antidepressant.
Natives in aboriginal huts and Inuit in igloos will see the light.
There will be no holding back the tide for hand in hand, each cell wakes.
No longer can knowledge be withheld. “Phone home,” a revolutionary
cry, the tit will not be ripped from the lips of hungering
humanity, the tyrant and the saint juxtaposed, their time at hand.

Instant communication, shall scrape the barnacles of blight handily.
The stroke of finger tip to key shall depress
and ignorance will flee, freeing the hungry
for the way out ,the way up, the key, light-heartedly
heads bowed in prayer, we shall revolt.
Let tyranny be eaten, and righteousness wake.

On the egg of earth, we float in celestial wakes.
Solar tides stir the shards of glass raising death’s hand.
Round and round the top spins each revolution
forced by the pumping thump of rods depressed
rods magnetized and charged with lightening
for we all hunger.

Each evolution a revolution, each thirst quenched brings new hunger.
Repression will never depress the desire to wake,
nor, will the fisted hand ever bring the light.


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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 1:52:00 PM
    Fabulous writing and a perfect example of how to construct a Sestina!

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 8:52:00 AM
    A Sestina masterpiece, Deb. Many congrat's on your BIG WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 11:44:00 PM
    excellent message,Debra. Finally I am reading it and it's nearly 1 a.m. Good grief! it is better than the average sestina I have seen. AS you know, I do not like this form, but you, my dear, made it palatable! One little critique. never mix in archaic English such as "doest" Other than that, prefecto! and a big congrats!

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 12:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on your winning poem in John Heck's "Hey...Mr. Editor" contest Debbie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 11:43:00 AM
    WOW! Debbie! A lot of thoughts and time must have been invested in this very prophetic type of write! Well done in image, description and expression in this Sestina! Thanks for sharing, Caroline.

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 11:04:00 AM
    Debbie, This is magnificent! I had to read it twice. I have read many of yours and this one in particular has such strength and purpose in your profound message within. Wow, I am in awe of your gifts, truly amazing write. Much Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 8:14:00 AM
    I had this part saved to read at a later date and today was the time. Outstanding write with a powerful message on this write. I am glad you directed me here from facebook Deb. Love Phyl

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 5:05:00 AM
    Super congrats Debbie! You definitely give much for us to chew with this thought-filled sestina-- I am really impressed with how you are writing in this form and the message that you give here is so powerful too, can very well be a wake-up call for the reader-- way to go Debbie on your wonderful win :) hugs :)

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 2:49:00 AM
    Wow! THis is very powerful and well worth the read. I am glad you directed me here. I absolutely love this poem...its strength...its foresight...its recognition of humanity...and light. Love you!

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 10:01:00 PM
    Yay! And to think that you were insecure about this poem, bouncing it off me, using my poor, dense wooden head as a sound-board haha! Congratulations!~Chris

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 3:13:00 PM
    Deb, congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 3:00:00 PM
    I can't read this and then go on to read my own, without knowing how much I have yet to learn. And if I'm honest with myself, I know I can only climb knee high to you....if that. Who should be higher on the contest list ....hmmm...no question in my mind, Miss Guzzi poet supreme!! I bow to you!! Congratulations...John knows what I know!!

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 2:53:00 PM
    Congratulations on your very fine win in the contest. Annalise

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 12:44:00 PM
    Congrats Debbie on your awesome win in John's contest with this stupendous entry luv.. enjoy another top ten win..

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 2:07:00 PM
    WOW, thats amazing. I love this, your really talented.

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 10:32:00 AM
    Lots of great lines and things to ponder here Debbie. A very thought-provoking poem. I am left with as many ponderings as there were answers to questions and philosophies that were dealt with here.

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 1:28:00 PM
    Very insightful, Deb. Communication and understanding are the only ways to bring about peace. I hear you: "Let tyranny be eaten." Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 7:00:00 AM
    I am enjoying reading the many diverse poems written by the many wonderful poets writing and sharing here at PoetrySoup today. I am happy that yours was among the ones I had the pleasure to read Debbie. I will however have to read it a couple more times to totally comprehend it all. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/2/2011 5:22:00 PM
    Interesting thoughts penned..I especially like the line...communication will become the worlds antidepressant (or addiction)....Enjoyed..Thanks for stopping by to read my humble work..Sara