Animus

Animus

A Poem by Sami Khalil
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An English sonnet... Comparing war mongers to vultures and the diseases they bring....

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Lebanese Cedar Tree" by Iman Ayoubi | Redbubble


Animus                                     by Sami Khalil



I once stood still beneath some Cedar trees

Ancient and majestic as you know thrive

Needless to say, chafed I with vultures' disease

Gliding graveled and ravenous slopes that dive.

 

War was raging sans winners one might claim

Many had bled and many died, rapaciously gone

Feigned eyes were shrouded in the waylaid blame

Some that crossed our lambent sorrows thereon.

 

Though pain echoed our undulating anguish

Churning restless memories, quite a swell

The mighty peace of God all fears vanquish

Dwelling in the knowing of evil’s death knell.

 

I once stood still beneath some Cedar trees

Needless to say, chafed I with vultures' disease.

 

 

© 2021 Sami Khalil


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wow! thought provoking to the max Sami! a sonnet spoken in everyday language is not easy .. i think your rhyming is smooth and intelligent .. always a challenge eh!? love the title .. says so much all by itself .. i love your poem .. what it says and how you bookend the opening and closing works really well for me! many kinds of war isn't there Sami?! maybe more casualties in those fought without bullets and bombs .. wars of words, rhetoric and vicious thrusts and intent .. can build angst to over boiling points .. when the real vulture in us erupts .. this line" Gliding graveled and ravenous slopes that dive" is absolutely killer ... i have ridden HD motorcycles all my life and can tell you i know what road rash is ... and in a dive .. sheesh! great stuff here my friend .. love and peace sir!
E.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

YES! ... the responsibility for our very lives .. a gift to us eh!? every choice brings us one way o.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

ps. i think the greater focus on the "Rights" these days are the result of them being blatantly atta.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Week Ago

You are so right sir......
Wow your sonnets are truly beautiful and so deep thought ..comparing war mongers to vultures , the agony and pain inflicted those who don't value humanity ...that's where you come in Sami and write out such a wonderful unique poem bringing a light in the horrors of war ... who would ve thought , sitting beneath a cedar tree could make a mind wander into a thought so deeply ....

Kathy

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

4 Weeks Ago

By the way Kathy this is all true for I used to sit under Cedar trees in my ex country Lebanon and p.. read more
Kathy Mc Cathy

4 Weeks Ago

Wow , o did not know that ..wow I'm happy for u too ....
Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

::::::::)))))))))))))
Great Shakespearean sonnet...Terrific rhymes throughout...not often do you see trees/disease
Loved the way you came full circle too...seldom do you see a sonnet that repeats a line, but you carried it out perfectly. Well done Sami

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Whoeeee! Thank you so much Allen Amuckler for this amazing review. Your visit means a lot. Glad to s.. read more
Such an amazing sonnet, I love cedar trees, this is amazing!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hi Katzie! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and review. Glad you like it.
Ah, cedar trees, a symbol of strength. A tree that endures through it all. There truly are no winners in wars, are there? Those who believe in G-d's strength will follow his guidance and perhaps be eternal just as the cedar trees. A very spiritual write from you, Sami. Your choice of vocabulary is always wonderful. I enjoyed this one though the artwork did not come through on my screen. Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Will check on that...
Lydia Shutter

1 Month Ago

I can see it now...beautiful!
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Wow! Thank you kindly
war inflicts such far-reaching destruction not just on the outside. heinous is a word that comes to mind. it is sick action and those waging it should stand 'neath those cedars for a timel and ponder ... :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

All true and well said dear poet. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject. On my.. read more
The ramifications of a war. ( I believe that can take on many forms) expressed in this flawless sonnet. Sami! Wonderful job on this difficult subject.
Particularly drawn to this line : Some that crossed our lambent sorrows thereon.



Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Wow! So glad to see you Susan and that you appreciate the form and message. In a war, all pay dearly.. read more
You vividly express the horrors life holds within three and a half stanzas with fine rhyming skill, Sami - not surprisingly. Plus. you create pictures in each and stress the Cedar trees by usage both natural and manufactured, Seems that in war, death and sorrow, comes the urge to speak out against all, yet with imagination - and insight in some cases, thoughts will create light.. somehow.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

I totally agree dear poet and friend for this truthful and worthy take on this poem. I have lived th.. read more
I'm afraid I believe the polar opposite about vultures. They are the wonderful garbage disposals of nature! Without them, my wilderness would be stinky with rotting carcasses, since everything ends up being killed out in the wild. Maybe that's what's going on in life, in general. Everything is destined to die, it's just that some evil doers do their dying while living (((HUGS)))

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Wow! So true and well said Barleygirl. It is unfortunate that power, greed and war mongers all come .. read more

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