…from beneath the crooked bough, witness 230 years of brutal tyranny by the al Khalifas come to an end
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revolution’s conundrum – a poem

revolution’s conundrum
Phlipn Pagee – Aug. 2014

revolution’s conundrum
vision resolute
will divided
opportunists delight
history owns unresolve
to be free

change of masters
neo-liberal slave state
call it democracy
without western furnishing
lost in western desire
chained to Islam’s divide
shadows over liberty

kingdoms appointment
destiny’s agent of deception
bleak hour

redemption calls
unheard cries for freedom
mastered by unbridled greed
great petrol economies
violent illusion of power
crushes you

the streets weep
the mosques mourn
patterns of protest
again and again
animals pacing the cage

will to rise up
dash the illusion
dispossess the souls

desperation’s hour
child born
father chained
brother felled
sister weeps
mother’s hearts break

ruled become unruled
kingdoms gone
truth retold

revolution’s hour
remains between
symbol and reality
measured over and again
paces of the cage
called oppression
shouting to be heard
remains chained
by another truth

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