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(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

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Anarchy

I saw a city filled with lust and shame,
Where men, like wolves, slunk through the grim half-light;
And sudden, in the midst of it, there came
One who spoke boldly for the cause of Right.

And speaking, fell before that brutish race
Like some poor wren that shrieking eagles tear,
While brute Dishonour, with her bloodless face
Stood by and smote his lips that moved in prayer.

"Speak not of God! In centuries that word
Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we."
And God stretched forth his finger as He heard
And o'er it cast a thousand leagues of sea.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • David L. Hatton (12/11/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    A superb example of how poetry succinctly captures a primal truth: that the fitting dissolution of ungovernable free-will creatures is wrought by nature's obedience to the corrective will of the sovereign and just Law-Giver. Never better said!

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  • Roxanne Dubarry (12/11/2013 3:03:00 PM)

    You describe the world during Noah's day before the worldwide flood. You have also described much of today's contemporary society. You also described both God's reaction, but also His redemption,

  • Plague Rose (2/11/2013 9:04:00 PM)

    Such a great poem. I love how it describe's God's reaction. The poet is truly talented in his works.

  • Dimu Eric Olowoparija (12/12/2012 12:09:00 AM)

    Like the title suggests its real anarchy. And a case of over reaction on both sides.still its a good poem.

  • Hasan Haskovic (12/11/2012 4:29:00 PM)

    Excellent, truly explicit and direct!

  • Zine Hadjira (12/11/2012 2:39:00 PM)

    Speak not of God! In centuries that word
    Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we.

    SO GREAT AND EXPRSSIVE

    I like this om very much

  • Ronald Shields (12/11/2012 2:36:00 PM)

    typical god...always overreacting

  • Walani Ndhlovu (12/11/2012 12:44:00 PM)

    what a nice picture is created in my eye as i read this poem

  • Sarrah Ibrahim (12/11/2012 9:52:00 AM)

    By far one of my fav poems in here! ! Thanks!

  • Rekha Mandagere (12/11/2011 1:48:00 AM)

    The poet deeply touches the cry of this modern era in which man finds himself as everything! Godless, fearless, valueless moribund world in which man finds himself supreme but the truth is, he is leading anarchic life! The poet has used wise imagery and it is highly educative.

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