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What is the Picture
What is the Picture ???,
the tapestry that man has weaved,
before and throughout recorded history.
Of what ?, have we been lead to believe ?
For me, it is has been an insane mystery !!!,
as rivers of blood, endlessly flow.
A time of anarchy, of chaos,
were human kind did not know !
Humanity has been deep in loss
as man clubbed his fellow man to death.
Later, with weapons, he conquered earth’s length and breadth.
Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Attila The Hun, Alexander The Great,
Charlemagne, Pharaoh, Thutmose III, Ashoka The Great,
Cyrus The Great, Ch’in Shih Huang, Augustus Caesar,
William the Conqueror, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin,
Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro, gave humanity its fate !
Left upon the face of mankind, so deep, an ugly scar !
So many a man fallen, their stories told by their kin.
Then came religions, man’s new weapon of choice.
Religious leaders, in collusion, became the voice,
the power, and with fear, superstition, ritual -
they subdued the masses, the sheep they did corral.
Many, many are sheep, dancing for the puppet masters.
For thousands of years, we have been known to survive,
yet have we really lived our lives, are we really alive ?
We have been led by emperors, dictators, kings and queens,
by religious heads, religious figures, by pharos and chiefs.
Do we really know who pulls the strings ?, behind the scenes.
Is it the guru’s, the philosophers, the conquers, our beliefs ?,
that have taken us on this perilous journey towards hell,
that have kept us deaf, dumb, blind and under their spell.
These things, we will come to know in the end,
but until then, come to know many, as a friend !
B. J. “A ” 2
October 31st 2014