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The guns roared. The bodies fell. The bullets flew. The dead lay waste on empty shells. The stench of death reeked in the air. Survivors wailed from tear stained despair.


We’ve been here before. Oh so many times. With each falling body. The death knell chimes. I’m right, you’re wrong. The oft repeated song. Won’t mean a damn if humanity’s gone.


Olive branch extended. Only to be burned. Friends close. Enemies closer. Historic lessons learned. Yet inevitably will be spurned. Like Darwin says only the strong. Compromise shot. Walls prevail. Cross us again. Run out on a rail.


Rulers talk. Party’s spit. Talks behind closed doors. Media has a fit. Speculation abounds. Talking heads resound. Blank air awaits to be filled with something profound. But nothing forth comes. Addition without sums. Those in the know don’t. But shout out from their lungs.


He gave away the store. Now there is no more. He stabbed us in the back. Guards take him to the rack. We didn’t hear what we wanted. Now our days are haunted. He put us in an awkward position. Enter the Spanish Inquisition.


Hawks mad. Doves confused. Media scrambling. Who lit the fuse. Innocent until proven guilty. How dare you throw that in our face. We’ve walked away from that precept in our infinite fall from grace.


Court jesters abound. Over airwaves they resound. With rating on the rise. Their pockets oversize. This plot thickens. All blood sickens. Being fed their crap. Well knowing it’s a trap.


They all cast assertions. Believing their diversions. The truth is no more. They have to manipulate the score. The liars stand proud. The cloak of might is their shroud. Shots are fired as they dance. Never willing to give peace a chance.


For their peace is a piece of the pie. The whole thing to be known. As their truth is a lie. To share is forbidden. Suffering and pain is a virtue. But when the sun finally explodes. They too shall die.


Ric Wells



Mustafa Kemal Added Jul 17, 2018 - 8:30pm
Ric, nicely done.
You captured the essence quite well
Ward Tipton Added Jul 17, 2018 - 9:15pm
Who says we have not learned from our history? Why right here we have noted evidence of American politicians and even the American people utilizing the principles of Sun Tzu, Mao, Goebbels, Marx and others ... why maybe if we are lucky, we will get a chance to implement some of Stalin's policies into American "Identity Politics"! 
Well written and well played! Very profound look at the world around us. 
Ric Wells Added Jul 17, 2018 - 9:20pm
Thank you both.
opher goodwin Added Jul 18, 2018 - 5:20am
Ric - excellent poem.
It is a story that forever goes around. We never seem to learn. We seem to be ruled by emotions and not logic. Time we started thinking with electricity and not chemicals.
Ric Wells Added Jul 18, 2018 - 5:49am
Oh. Thanks. Don't know if this is a poem but it's it really prose either. Maybe it's prosetry?
opher goodwin Added Jul 18, 2018 - 7:38am
Ric - free verse with a bit of rhyme.
Kurt Bresler Added Jul 18, 2018 - 10:02am
Humanity is not boring.  If everyone did what was expected no one would be happy!
Even A Broken Clock Added Jul 18, 2018 - 11:27am
I think it qualifies as excellent poetry. Now we just need some music to set it to.
Ric Wells Added Jul 18, 2018 - 1:14pm
Kurt if everyone did everything the same there would be nothing to write about.
EABC Thanks.
wsucram15 Added Jul 19, 2018 - 12:03am
Very nicely done and true. I always like your work but this one well, heartfelt and sad.
Ric Wells Added Jul 19, 2018 - 5:32am
Thanks Jeanne. To be able to write it lightens the load so to speak.
Neil Lock Added Jul 20, 2018 - 10:44am
Ric: It's all very well to write moving prose or verse about the problems we face today. But we all know about those problems; and some of us have diagnosed them. So what is your diagnosis, and what are your solutions?
Ric Wells Added Jul 20, 2018 - 4:16pm
Neil a very fair question. 
First I would like to see continued talks take place between The United States and Russia. I am glad that Mr. Trump has invited Mr. Putin to visit in the fall. Although I know full well it is partly a political ploy to do this before the midterm elections I feel it is necessary to keep the lines of communication open between the two nations. I would also like to see these talks continue on an annual or preferably a semi annual basis and focus on what the two nations have in common rather than their differences. This would probably take place on the economic front at first and then involve more topics as time progressed. I would also like to see these talks televised live so that the spin doctors and talking heads are left out of the picture who do nothing more that sheer conjecture and impose their own opinions. It would also be important that action take place on joint policies invoked in these talks. As these talks progressed I would like to see China become involved so that triangular summits are started for the same purpose. As these talks evolve and actions are instituted I would like to see the United Nations disbanded as they have outlived their usefulness. Along with this the EU and a representative from the Sunni faction and Shia faction become involved. At this time Israel and Great Britain would not be involved directly in these talks as they have a ready ally in the United States. As these councils evolve and grow I would imagine some sort of security council would be formed which I would strongly recommend against. But if so it should be by majority rule instead giving one nation the power to block anything. The logical place to start would be on the economic front as this is the faction that reaches across the boundaries of all nations and the area that could tie us together as a people. In time, if transparency and truthfulness remain in the forefront, I foresee a day when borders and boundaries are no longer needed. Free flow of ideas and economic progress could and will take place in order to benefit all of humanity instead of a select few. Knowing full well that the results of these actions I will never see this, I feel, is what is necessary in the long range policies to benefit all of humankind. I do see that when the six representatives have evolved there would be a need for a seventh in case a tie breaker was needed and I haven't worked that one out yet but that would be a detail that would evolve as the council grew. Some will scoff that this is a Pollyanna vision and any result would take place decades from now and that is true of long range planning but long range plans cannot be instituted if they are not started and the time for initiating some sort of continuous talks or summits is now. 
Ward Tipton Added Jul 20, 2018 - 11:04pm
Open and transparent dialog between the governments would be a major step in the right direction. What are the chances though? Would be an interesting legacy to leave behind however ... and one difficult to dismantle! 
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 21, 2018 - 1:46am
Without darkness light goes unseen
Ric Wells Added Jul 21, 2018 - 7:34am
Ward open transparency might be closer than we think. With the demand to have translates state what they saw and heard open talks might be the logical next step. At least worth s try e en though very little of substance would be seen at first. It could build into something substantial. 
Ric Wells Added Jul 21, 2018 - 7:38am
BH I foresee a day when there is a world wide threat that develops where the major govts have to come together to solve. Possibly of a biological nature or some catastrophic that mother nature grows at us. Or even some type of event from our solar system. 
Stone-Eater Added Jul 22, 2018 - 11:20am
As usual a very nice one. And I can go along with your political analysis and comment. Although it's a nice dream I'm afraid. The actors in that soap opera (except Putin, he's really got the say) can twist and turn as ordered by their economic masters, but won't get anywhere. Trumpie does as being told, but there's multiple interests behind it and not all pull at the same string, and Putin does as he decides, because HE pulls the strings. That's why Dump admires Putin. Because he's got REAL POWER and doesn't have to justify his acts to a wider circle of deciders...
That's the difference.
Ric Wells Added Jul 22, 2018 - 2:10pm
Stone-So where would we be without dreams. No cars, no planes, no ventures into space, no cures for diseases, no progress in technology. Unless one stumbles on something accidentally just about everything starts with a dream of sorts. So I will discount your statement and stick with mine.  

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