Take the Reins

Take the Reins

A Poem by Robert Ray
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The poem speaks to the frustration and disgust many Americans feel about elected officials and establishment elites, especially in Washington, DC.

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A pernicious plague, deep within the earth,

The vilest rot and most ferocious pests;

Devoured, a rich land that has given birth;

Sustenance, life, north, south, east, west.

 

In ruin, five-hundred and thirty-five acres of foul crops,

Between the Gnomic and Apraxia Rivers, dark and deep;

From the deepest cotton roots to the highest corn tops;

Maggots, white grubs and black cutworms crawl and creep.

 

And termites in the white farmhouse and fence pickets,

And rodents in the great bunkhouse down the dirt path,

And vermin in the old rose garden and rabbit thickets;

The rot, rodents and little pests advance, a wicked wrath.

 

A lone farmer cries out, in hand his ax, saw and matches.

“Please, help me! Chop, cut, burn the marauding trespassers!

Light a match, fuel and stoke the fire until all evil catches,

Or leaves in a fury, retreating on scorched fields and pastures.”

 

Then, the farmer’s neighbor hurries forward, horse and plow.

“Take the reins, cut new furrows and turn the diseased lands.

And before God kneel and make this solemn, sacred vow.

Better to plow than burn; evil in your heart, fire in your hands.”

 

 


© 2018 Robert Ray



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I agree my friend.
“Take the reins, cut new furrows and turn the diseased lands.
And, before God, kneel and make this solemn, sacred vow.
Better to cut and plow than burn---evil in your heart, fire in your hands.”
The above lines. Solid and true. I like how you tell stories. Thank you Robert for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

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Robert Ray

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Thanks for reading another piece. Greatly appreciated. I always enjoy reading your reviews.
Coyote Poetry

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Was my pleasure and you are welcome Robert.



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I agree my friend.
“Take the reins, cut new furrows and turn the diseased lands.
And, before God, kneel and make this solemn, sacred vow.
Better to cut and plow than burn---evil in your heart, fire in your hands.”
The above lines. Solid and true. I like how you tell stories. Thank you Robert for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thanks for reading another piece. Greatly appreciated. I always enjoy reading your reviews.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Was my pleasure and you are welcome Robert.
really love your last stanza, this is a very descriptive write. Love the imagery as well.

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Robert Ray

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Thank you. I appreciate the read and kind review.
i really enjoyed reading this piece and thanks for the share

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Roxane. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
WOW! This is a stunning story with an unexpected & memorable lesson! Having grown up in the country, I am familiar with all the vermin that work against us. Your descriptions of all the creepy crawlers is honest & a little dramatic, but it works for the effect of painting this scourge . . . and developing the idea that one just wants to burn it all down to kill the vermin, but it would also kill everything that's good. This is a remarkable way to make this point. Well done! (((HUGS))) Fondly Margie

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Margie, for your kind words. I always respect your time and feedback. Much appreciated!

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