The Moat and The Minefield

The Moat and The Minefield

A Poem by The Iron Horseman
"

A poem about alienation.

"

The moral high ground; what's that?

Does it have an ivory tower at its crest?

Is there an iconoclast living in that tower?

Does he always think he knows what's best?


Does he ponder the meaning of existence,

As he writes the laws of the land?

With no connection to others' reality,

Does he take the urgent matters in hand?


When events transpire that contradict his firmly held beliefs,

Does he surround the high ground with a moat?

Does he believe his moat will keep him safe,

Because nobody else can build a boat?


When his belief proves false, does he then

Put a minefield outside the moat,

In the hope that the promise of violent death,

Might keep his regime afloat?


Distance between the governing and the governed,

Leads to ruling in isolation,

While those who are supposed to be governed,

Experience only alienation.


Iconoclasts ruling from ivory towers,

Set on that moral high ground,

Are doomed to fail abysmally,

But other solutions are always found.


When theory clashes with reality,

The iconoclasts are pulled to the ground.


Pragmatism returns to the fore,

Lost values are rediscovered,

The new rulers are the realists,

Ethics, honesty and integrity are all recovered.


Real life is lived on the streets,

Not in ivory towers,

Needed change comes from peoples' hearts,

Not from studying political theory for hours.


Back to basics is what it takes,

When the world is as messed up as it is now,

Let's stop arguing about the Why,

And start talking about the How.



© 2017 The Iron Horseman


© 2018 The Iron Horseman


My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Featured Review

Such a wonderful piece! Your use of complex language provided a serious tone to the piece, and assisted with the overall persuasion of it. I love the lines "Real life is lived on the streets,
Not in ivory towers,
Needed change comes from peoples' hearts,
Not from studying political theory for hours."

And I absolutely love the ending! Totally want that on a poster

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The Iron Horseman

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Cat, and thank you again for giving me your input. I'm afraid i don't know anyone in the pos.. read more



Reviews

Such a wonderful piece! Your use of complex language provided a serious tone to the piece, and assisted with the overall persuasion of it. I love the lines "Real life is lived on the streets,
Not in ivory towers,
Needed change comes from peoples' hearts,
Not from studying political theory for hours."

And I absolutely love the ending! Totally want that on a poster

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The Iron Horseman

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Cat, and thank you again for giving me your input. I'm afraid i don't know anyone in the pos.. read more

Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


Stats

180 Views
1 Review
Added on March 10, 2017
Last Updated on March 17, 2018
Tags: government, change, alienation, reform, moat, minefield, poems, poetry, philosophy, life

Author

The Iron Horseman
The Iron Horseman

Canada



About
Aspiring new writer. I enjoy writing stories, poems and song lyrics. In fact most of my poems are song lyrics! All constructive input is welcome. If you think something sucks, tell me so. I won't be o.. more..

Writing