Looking at the Danger

Beware the stormy land
Beware the wicked beasts that prowl at night
Twice as treacherous as ocean to man
When dark deeds come to light

Heed the warning I give
Do not tarry, follow the mapped out way
Tread the straight and narrow roadway to live
Best make the trip by day

Bandits lurk with sharp knives
To ambush foolish travelers on the road
Without conscience making widows of wives
Watch life blood as it flowed

I’ve seen the mayhem wrought
Deep sea or cave pales at man’s heart so dark
I’ve known the chaos of lives sold and bought
Human beasts bears the mark

This is prompt #9 in the My Name scavenger Hunt – Write a Bryant or write a poem about politics. A Bryant is a poem created by Viola Berg. The poem should describe observations of nature as metaphors for the social or political world. It consists of any number of 4 line stanzas where lines 1 & 4 are written in trimeter and lines 2 & 3 are written in pentameter and the shorter lines are indented. The rhyme scheme is a/b/a/b, c/d/c/d, etc. (I really tried but just couldn’t get those lines indented so I gave up – just squint and pretend.)

This week was going well, so well that I knew it wouldn’t last. There are people who rale against nature. They are afraid of the wildness of the outdoors, the unpredictability of weather, the untamed animals, the ferocity of insects. They want to subdue all of nature. Yet the wildest and most untamed in all the world is the destructive, vindictive, blackest heart of mankind. I think that humans are incapable of sustaining peace. I’m becoming convinced that they thrive on war and death. Is it possible to divorce myself from my own species??

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67 thoughts on “Looking at the Danger

  1. imho – no, join the species on a deeper level – as Thomas Keating pointed out g-o-d lives in all of us (even if we re-name ‘him’ (read his interview online Buddha at the gas pump, delightful me thinks).

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I do believe that we all possess a Divine Spark. Sadly I also believe that some people have intentionally smothered that spark and become evil. Those persons currently seem to have manifested their wickedness on a world stage. Of course no one is unredeemable – that is my hope.

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      1. to tackle that I think it’s important to add to all campaigns worthy of support a social justice argument. So I was delighted to find a christian aid campaign just now asking for big profiteers to pay for climate damage – eg Pakistan floods

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          1. in this particular case more misguided, if severely, rather than evil; I surprised myself by the desire to forgive; have to continue to work to protect my energy, not to let him intrude again.

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  2. and in terms of social change – there is no shortage of human ingenuity, I think – only ot is so far mostly tied up in utilitarian thinking – again here TK provides a remedy…

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        1. I don’t believe that the lack of thinking would result in peace – the saying “ignorance is bliss” isn’t always true. That said there are times when I sleep better when I don’t think about current events. The peace we can make is mostly in our own hearts…

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          1. Re “ignorance is bliss”…
            Ignorance of lies and deceptions is bliss because exposing yourself to that is self-propagandization. Ignorance of truths is not, or only temporarily or rarely, bliss because it is ultimately self-defeating. The FALSE mantra of “ignorance is bliss”, promoted in the latter sense, is a product of a sick culture that has indoctrinated its people with many manipulative slogans.

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  3. I think we’re just extremely alive and living. We will act in extreme ways both good and bad, depending on our inner stability and experiences. It helps me to be kind when someone else seems undeserving, when I think that they just haven’t seen what other options were available to them when they opted for a bad one.

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    1. I got carried away on the photo posts…I did come up with every letter of the alphabet, using popular names and only using plants on my place, then I questioned: should that be the scientific name~?,,, so I got carried away then said, to heck with it, too much trouble posting all those photos of flowers and so I put it aside. Who really cares~?

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  4. I don’t know about divorcing ones self from ones own species. I don’t think it’s possible completely. That said, I spend most of my time and life with dogs because people are confusing and confused. 2020 was — for me personally — a pretty good year. I’m not anti-social, or asocial, or cynical but I am a lot less interested in people having learned what I have about them over the course of my life. “Approach with caution” is on every human’s forehead, “‘thar be dragons, so take your time.” Took me 68 years to figure that out! 😀

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    1. I have a few very close friends and a slightly wider circle of near-friends with a larger circle of acquaintances. Trust is something I’ve learned to dole out cautiously…. With dogs you always know where you stand.

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    1. I hear you! As son#1 has been heard to say, “I hate stupid people!” He seems to meet more of that type since he has to deal with the public daily… I hope the idiots all wander away and you can come out and enjoy the sun.

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      1. I retired early in part because I had worked with the public for nearly forty years and nearly lost my mind. I knew I had to go when working in education after dealing with a mother who had home schooled her child to Year 12 level. Pat on the back : both mum and son achieved wonderful results. When mum started asking what pathways her son should take to get into the field of brain surgery, I provided all appropriate details. Until she said he needed to study medicine from home. Muri, I snapped. I asked if she expected her son to practice slicing into brains by using the oranges in her kitchen.

        Time to go…….yes, definately.

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        1. 40 years is outstanding! You must have the patience of a saint. Home schooled in medicine?!?! Hehe she was delusional! The only people who “study medicine from home” are serial killers and psychopaths! Glad you were able to retire early. I would have loved to have seen her face when you blurted that out….

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  5. Take some encouragement from Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now, in which he describes the strides mankind has made towards peace. The news paints a bleak future, and climate change will certainly have its impact, but there is reason to hope.

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    1. I continue to hope but when Putin puts the nuclear option on the table and starts marching around and talking like a madman, it gets a little difficult. Still I hold onto the idea that “Hope is water wings glowing octarine” (and I need water wings since I can’t swim)!

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  6. This poem expresses well the concern of our contemporary world. Unfortunately I think it has been the same throughout human history. Can we hope for better times? Always keep the faith.
    Very beautiful poem, Val.
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    1. Thank-you bunches Michel! It has been true that through history mankind has shown a penchant for wickedness. I continue to pray that our better selves, our higher selves, imbued with innate goodness will prevail. ❤

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  7. If you look at history, there are vile men and women throughout the millennia. Divorcing yourself from society is not going to help the ongoing drama that hateful people bring to the world. Pharaohs of the ancient times, and Hitler, Assad of Syria, Modi from the land of Buddah, and now Putin in the last and current century.
    This too shall pass!

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    1. Thanks Aspen! Welcome to my blog. Please feel free to join the scavenger hunt – it is never too late (I have a friend who is going to be doing the alternate prompts all through October). As for the inherent goodness of people, yes and no. I think when some extinguish their divine spark they become self-centered and that leads to a darkness that easily slides into evil…

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