Reaping Day (II)

02 Sep

Reaping Day

As darkened clouds filter in
from the horizon, casting
a deathly shadow upon us all,
an approaching storm
of unparalleled scope,
spells impending doom
for all civilization.

Mighty waves crash forth
from the chaotic ocean,
smashing hard against the bluff
eroding away our common sense.

A bright flash—thunderous report,
as another tries to surprise,
pushing the envelope wide open,
just to get a rise—trigger reaction.

They do not realize
that with each compromise
of beliefs, our morals whither.
Each concession inevitably leads
to further, shocking actions,
for that which used to dismay,
now only elicits a tiny chuckle.

We’ve traded away our morals,
betrayed our beliefs,
bowed down to a twisted version
of toleration—this virulent appeasement
just to avoid conflict. Yet in so doing,
we’ve given away all,
allowed in that which spells doom.

And now, as the storm nears
civilization dies, as we regress
to the most animalistic desires.
We’ve given free rein
to all of our wants,
and in so doing
destroyed the dream.

So rejoice now,
as the rain falls
and darkness calls.
Our epitaph shall be
we sowed what we reaped.

© September 2, 2010 CRF


Posted by on September 2, 2010 in poetry


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8 responses to “Reaping Day (II)

  1. onescoobthree

    September 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Powerful, foretelling words m’love. And so true, what was once shocking and taboo is now mainstream. I can’t understand it. Where has decency gone. I love how you likened it to a storm, gives it great imagery.


    • falcon1974

      September 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      It’s kind of sad when you think about it. Now-a-days, it seems like it is a contest to see who can shock the others the most. 😦

      It feels like a constantly increasing storm to me dear.

  2. Lori

    September 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Wow Craig you just keep getting better, loved this one. perfect ending to a baking day as i had to make the cookie trays for my son’s wedding, did Mexican wedding cakes. covered myself with powdered sugar and had a blast

    • falcon1974

      September 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      Sounds like you had a much better day than I did Lori. I spent mine at work, melting in the heat wave we’ve been in. Now I get to prepare for a near encounter with a hurricane tomorrow. 😀

  3. Joleene Naylor

    September 4, 2010 at 4:22 am

    This is a very powerful write!

  4. Cheryl Darr

    October 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Dang, this has some power packed imagery! love it!

    • falcon1974

      October 14, 2010 at 12:51 am

      Thanks Cheryl. I’m glad you liked this. 😀


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