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Augustine C. OhanweFriday, June 20, 2014
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POWER, THE ULTIMATE REALITY (POEM)

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an, in his state of delirium
has held the perception that grabbing of power
represents the ultimate reality,
and that once power eludes him,
the sky that shelter us will collapse
and mutiny reigns in heaven.

And he swims in the euphoria
of such thought wave with impunity
because his subjective province cannot
be superintended by policemen

Auxiliary to this notion is that
once the sitting leader is snuffed out of existence
and replaced by him
the deed is deemed to have been done
and the battle won –
the wish card is fulfilled.
But by killing the imperial Caesar,
Brutus did not save the Roman liberty.
In killing Caligula,
Chaerea did pave the way for Claudius and the wicked Nero,
Did Nero not fiddle while Rome burnt?

Will it not be sane
to put back the poisoned arrow
inside the quiver and seal it for good
before the gods make us blind to reason?
A frame of mind that leads to a brook of tears
and sea of blood.

Is it not by lethargy and slumber
that death always starts?
And as it applies to individual
so it does to nations.

The inky night swirls with scary characters
and diabolical signatures. It howls and shrieks.
The sounds are creepy and wraithlike

Madness is contagious.
Yet it is difficult, but not impossible
to preserve one’s reason
in the midst of madmen.

June 19, 2014

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