Power's Obsession

Power's Obsession

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 10th grade. A poem about the destructive potential of power.


Power's Obsession


May 2, 1985

The destructive force
Of all the races -
The most desired,
And most hated.

Corruption burning
In compulsion's grip -
Pure intentions

To control its force
Has ever been tried -
The control of Man's mind
It claims sacrifice.

The innocence lost,
The purpose warped;
The cancerous grawing
Of its force destroys.

Love is lost
In isolation;
All hope is lost
In contorted yearnings.

The most desired,
And most hated -
Is this destructive force
Of all the races.

Dedicated to Joe M., my best critic.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 16. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 7, 2017
Last Updated on November 7, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, power, destruction, love

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..