In Reply “Can bards commit a greater crime” – Free Verse – October 17, 2014

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Ah what gloomy times are these –
But are they worse than yesteryears?
Was woman ever seen with more respect?
Or was she hid behind veils and chastity belts –
And as they burnt her at the stake
Who’d have thought that ’twas a mistake?

Oh great men of ages – profiteers!
With holy titles and knightly gear …
As they saddled into the Holy Land
Did they still their steely blades?
Or did they raze whomever they met –
Knight or child – Christian or Mahometan.

Travelling throughout the world in time –
Enslaving – conquering – killing all …
These noble creatures of our past
Have left us, their children, quite aghast.

Though your words and feelings do you honor
And know I that ours are indeed times of shame –
Still might not a poet remind the world,
That the lilies still grow sweet and free,
Though they labor not for man – they thrive!
And, yes, that blackbirds still sing their lullabies
Disregarding the whims of miserable men
And these dark grim times.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

This was a spontaneous poem (so it’s rather rough around the edges) in response to a friend who wrote:

“Can bards commit a greater crime
than speak sweet words at such a time?”

 

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23 thoughts on “In Reply “Can bards commit a greater crime” – Free Verse – October 17, 2014

    • And I love the middle ages, but would never make the mistake of wanting to live it that age … you’re quite right, each age has it’s problems … thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  1. This is absolutely, totally wonderful. Especially the last verse,
    “Still might not a poet remind the world,
    That the lilies still grow sweet and free,
    Though they labor not for man – they thrive
    And, yes, that blackbirds still sing their lullabies
    Disregarding the whims of miserable men
    And these dark grim times.”

    There is so much hope in these lines, and in your demand that we look up from our “dark grim times” to see that there is still beauty. This is incredibly well done.

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    • Thanks Barb .. I’m so happy that you quoted me .. makes me feel like a poet! A part from the jokes, I’m really very happy for your lovely comment. I do write grim poems at times … but I wouldn’t want to give up the lighter stuff because we live in hard times … guess we’d never see light stuff ever again if we took that particular idea to the extreme.

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  2. If bards cannot find something sweet to speak of, even in desolate times, then the world will not be worth speaking about, and the bards will weep. Lovely poem even in it’s rough state.

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