Sunday, September 29, 2013

618 : The Murmuring


Sunday Whirl (Wordle #128) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:

ghosts, exact, patches, gathered, worship, spill
unbidden, hillside, where, swarm, edges, sharp


The Murmuring

A tide of human misery
Has gathered to the north of us,
Mountains of humanity
Ready to spill over
And flood us,
Ready to swarm down,
And destroy us.
Like so many unbidden
And unpleasant vermin,
Illegal boat people,
But not real people.

Well, that’s the message,
But not the exact truth,
It is repeated over and over:
Hard, sharp and callously cold.
A demonization of desperate people
That edges on the paranoid,
And centres on the deceitful.

On vast patches of the Indian Ocean
People are dying.

Dying for no other reason than
They wanted something better
And political expedience demands
That they do not get it.

You, our glorious leader,
So proud of your saviour
As you worship each weekend
And dream of your paradise to come;
Where you walk on the hillsides covered
With flowers, young kittens and trilling birds,
Skipping through meadows with flaxen-haired children,
Pointing with joy at the clouds of butterfies…

Do you hear the murmur of the ghosts?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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34 comments:

  1. The exploitation of human misery for political advantage. Of course they are not real people, what can you be thinking? Not a lot to be proud of. Even less proud that Labor chased that scared rabbit down the dirty little burrow as well. To their credit, the Greens didn't but they seem to want to implode at present. It's a puzzle, who to support?

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  2. Look, it's not as if they feel pain or anything. Numbers don't feel pain or hurt when they drown at sea. That's what 'numb' means.

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  3. (Singing) ....we are one, we are many....

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  4. Well, that’s the message,
    But not the exact truth,
    It is repeated over and over:
    Hard, sharp and callously cold.
    A demonization of desperate people
    That edges on the paranoid,
    And centres on the deceitful.

    This verse and poem is very powerful. I hate that people exploit and take advantage of others. I hate classes. All this is absolutely intolerable to me. But it's the reality of history and our current world. It's the message but not the exact truth!

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  5. A sad but powerful statement. It is really happening and we let it. The uncomfortable aspect for us is that we elect the politicians whose warped decisions cause so many of these unsolvable problems.

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  6. Your making me feel guilty I didn't vote several times in different voting places. Sadly it was in their platform for the election. All those that voted for him will no doubt face south and smile.

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  7. This very subject haunts Australia at the moment. It is such a serious issue that St Paul's cathedral in Melbourne hung a large banner saying that we should welcome refugees. Love the line:
    "A demonization of desperate people...

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  8. wWth respect to politics i think the situation is perpetually the same everywhere.

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  9. I'm with Sancho....."We are one...from all the lands on earth we come" We just arrive in all sorts of ways. Why, oh why do little children die for our political agenda. The shame is on all of us, those who demonize their parents, AND those of us who do nothing and say "That's not me! I care." BUT do nothing.

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  10. A very sad situation, JCosmo. This has happened time and time again.

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  11. such a haunting ending.. it really touched me. truthfully.

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  12. Haunting poem. I remember. I saw a play yesterday about refugees. You did a great job with the words this week.

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  13. Wonderful and global - A terrifically powerful poem

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  14. "Well, that’s the message,
    But not the exact truth,
    It is repeated over and over:
    Hard, sharp and callously cold.
    A demonization of desperate people
    That edges on the paranoid,
    And centres on the deceitful."
    why must this pain this skewed vision repeat, be history, our story... it is time to change, long past time to change AND right now is all we have. It is a great burden and blessing to be poets, to care.

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  15. Well written! It is horrible how callous politicians can be.

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  16. Right on! Great message and great delivery.

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  17. A powerful political statement.

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  18. As an aidworker and a child of migrants this was a powerful read for me. Thank you.

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  19. Being a refuge must be very frightful and it is indeed important to deal with these people in a human way.

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  20. Powerful truth underscores your work this week, J Cosmo. I hope ghosts visit the leaders who allow this, but doubt their conscience nags at them.

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  21. I liked the artwork that you used as an illustration for the poem, it really sets it off.

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  22. The demonization of desperate people is a hallmark of human history. It says a great deal about how low we are on the learning curve. Powerful write,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chasing-figments/

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  23. Argh. I pressed the wrong button and lost my comment. Goggle is torturing me this morning. This poem goes right to the heart and conscience and I cant help but think that those of us living our comfortable lives in North America could well find ourselves displaced, refugees, with nothing, at any time, given global warming and the flooding and environmental disasters happening ever more frequently. Great write on an important topic.

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  24. Very powerful and sad. I so wish it were different.

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  25. Fantastic and compelling images leading to the question that hits me though I am not the leader. Must the led wait for the leader? Will we wait when it's our turn to be adrift and dying?

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  26. I love your lines, well that's the message but not the exact truth. It reminds me of my childhood in the then Czechoslovakia and my escape from that communist blocked country. Very important and poignant poem that everyone, regardless of history, can relate to. Well done.

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  27. Great opening to this, J. A powerful poem.

    Pamela

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  28. Powerful and moving words. Well done.

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  29. " Well, that’s the message,
    But not the exact truth,"

    favourite lines in your awesome poem


    much love...

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  30. Oh so well done - telling it like it really is.
    Anna :o]

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  31. Connected with reality!

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