Anatomy Of Rank And File

Anatomy Of Rank And File

A Poem by Sami Khalil
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A political poem or speech...

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Anatomy Of Rank And File/   Sami Khalil


A political message in a speech

 

A nation that stands together prospers together.

A nation that dreams together rises together.

And a nation that sanctifies one another lives forever.

Then, arrest me; shred my words if I have rocked in futility your driftwood boats, no folly while I endeavor.

And, embrace me if I have attested to truth, for in truth lays all the treasure.

That we are born to live voraciously, to weather,

And in our quietest deaths wade through skies of reflection, looking for signs beyond measure.

While in the meantime, between lines and ridges,

Spaces and times let me evoke your bellwether,

Your loveless lives, your rundown hovels, and chide your futile drives.

That is…My pleasure!

 


© 2015 Sami Khalil



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Dear Brother Sami... It's been a while since I drop by at your page. I saw this today and I read through each line soaking in every possible meaning I could get. I tell you. I marveled at the meaning and message of every line. Resonating with great conviction and also with great appeal for understanding and wisdom.
First line is an introduction as well as benediction to a well known quote and slogan. " United we stand. Divided we fall ".

Second line perhaps refers to the ideals that keeps a nation focus and moving forward regardless of whatever setbacks it may face and encounter. As the saying goes " What's worse than a blind is someone with a sight and lack vision ". He who has hope has everything. And what more if it's a shared hope and dreams. It's first conceived and birthed there.

Third line is a bit deep. This one goes back to one's values, virtues and character. A man or family or community bless or sanctified or set apart is indeed prosperous. And what ever it does prospers. It is not a wishful thinking but a divine universal blessing. This third line also has some biblical referrence and anointing. Just like God promised Abraham that his offspring will be as numerous as the stars in heaven and will be established forever.

Fourth and Fifth line are tied together. The writer here shifted his tone and implore his readers to have a heart check up. And do a self examination. Driftwood boats is a very strong metaphor used. The writer is perhaps referring not to a certain ideals but rather a philosophy of life. It is a philosophy of a current way of life and thinking that has roots but not tying itself down to it. Its not about a wood showing a sign of a new life but rather something that's turning a new leaf.

Sixth line or sentence is not a plea for acceptance nor forgiveness but a challenge to reason one another if what the writer is saying is indeed truth and err on the side of facts and not political correctness.

Seventh line or sentence is an acknowledgement of a human's fallen nature. Voracious is a word used for insatiable appetite. Perhaps the writer may have thought about our insatiable thirst for more and we take anything we may find worthy of our national interest and worthy of our nation's survival. When want's trumps the need and hides under the guise of greed. Human indeed is the most voracious and invasive species.

Eight line or sentence -The quietest death is a puzzle for me. Perhaps the author hints this as a passage to the ultimate truth and answer. Perhaps death to all the things we hold dear and important. When we all about to let go of what we cling as important isn't that really much worth of our ultimate and sacrificial endeavors . Death has a way of making us see in the end.

Nineth line or sentence perhaps pertains to our driving and motivating force. That what indeed propels us to the future is indeed grounded in truth and firm foundation and not something that is only good in paper but chiseled and carved in the hearts and lives of men.

The last line or sentence is a wake up call to really take a closer look on where it first matter. If we brandish and promote it as the universal truth and standard. Are we also living it in our hearts and home.?


Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. I'm blown away by this marvelous review and true words. I feel I owe you something now for you .. read more
Astonishing ,A political message in a speech…
It has your signature all over this wonderful piece. great read. thanks for sharing

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. Thank you so much Maria for this lovely review and effort. You have graced me with all...:)...... read more
maria  ( rose)

2 Years Ago

you are very welcome my friend, always a pleasure to visit:)
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:)..............................
Hello, Sami! It looks like you have been rocking the boat while I was away! Ha!
Seriously, this is a serious little piece you have written. The title has me seeing the everyday people, like zombies, marching along, marching along. I see your Narrator as one throwing a stick into the cog, shaking things up.
The beginning three lines speak of united well being, but the last paragraph tells a different story. Things aren't as they seem from the beginning.
The Narrator is shouting for the people to wake up! Take control! See with renewed vision!
The last line had me grinning. This Narrator has some balls. (Excuse this, but that is how I see it.) Nice work. ...and, yes, I had to look up a word for the correct definition. (Bellwether) It never fails when I read your work. Nice! Good to see you, Sami. Angi~

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. What a wonderful visit and surprise after a long time. Missed my good ole friend too much. You .. read more
Angi

2 Years Ago

I missed you, too, Sami! It is always my pleasure to read your work.
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:)......................
I like this, Sami. My favorite lines are these: "Then, arrest me; shred my words if I have rocked in futility your driftwood boats, no folly while I endeavor.
And, embrace me if I have attested to truth, for in truth lays all the treasure." They are all good, but these spoke to me somehow. Great writing!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. Thank you so much dear poet for this wonderful review and visit. All appreciated...:)............ read more
This piece makes you think. Love the last two lines. Bring this powerful piece to a close; opening the readers eyes.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. Thank you so much beloved poet for this lovely review and appreciation. Grazie Mille...:)....
Poetic Beauty

2 Years Ago

You are welcome.
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:)..............
Powerfully pen'd Sami! Your words stand out as the great ones of our times do, MLK and JFK, now we have you. :) Was 'my pleasure' indeed!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. What a lovely visit and surprise from a great poet and a person. Thank you for all your support.. read more
Right on the mark with this one!
wonderful way to put it into words, and convey a great message.
Well done.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Josie E. Cook M. A.

2 Years Ago

Smiles are appreciated always.
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:)...................
Josie E. Cook M. A.

2 Years Ago

Back at you! :)
Not just nations; family and friends must stand firm against the tide of unrest that is sweeping this poor world. T

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. I do hope that family and friends make what we call people and that makes what we call nations... read more
What can I say to such ink? Well, first, it feels wonderful to return to your page and be treated to such a grand piece ! each thought evokes and probes the mind to go beyond. Truly relished your poem, dear Sami. Shokran habibi. Shall return in due time to catch up on your writings. Stay blessed my friend. Cheers

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. What a lovely return and a wonderful surprise. We have, your readers and friends missed you and.. read more
Blood Ink Diary

2 Years Ago

And, I, too, have missed my readers and reading profound writings by such people like yourself. I re.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow. Thank you so much...:)......

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