John McCrae

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

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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  • Veteran Poet - 1,542 Points Noreen Carden (12/11/2014 10:05:00 AM)

    John congratulations on your poem being named poem of the day. It is a very powerful piece. Beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,365 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (12/11/2014 5:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetic portrayal of a society void of justice, where big fish feed off small fish ('Matsyanyay' in Sanskrit) , and its ultimate road to perdition! I loved the brevity of expression! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 152 Points 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, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 38 Points Melissa Cantrell (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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 84 Points Hasan Haskovic (12/11/2012 4:29:00 PM)

    Excellent, truly explicit and direct! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points 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 (Report) Reply

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

    typical god...always overreacting (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 197 Points Walani Ndhlovu (12/11/2012 12:44:00 PM)

    what a nice picture is created in my eye as i read this poem (Report) Reply

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

    By far one of my fav poems in here! ! Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 399 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (12/11/2009 9:23:00 AM)

    Poem shows that GOD runs the show here on earth - the stage. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (12/11/2009 7:33:00 AM)

    This is Christianity gone mad. No city is 'filled' with lust and shame. The flood was the story of an act of vengeance by a maniac God no one now believes in. This is the unacceptable face of religion. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 572 Points Ramesh T A (12/11/2009 1:39:00 AM)

    Another part of ravages of war is quite inhuman and more than animal like is wonderfully depicted during the course of WW1! Despite many changes aftereffects of modern wars are not praiseworthy even today! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ian Singer (12/9/2008 8:59:00 AM)

    it is ok i didn't really like it that much. i don't see how it got into the top500 that is what has me confused. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kimberly Strothman Anderson (12/11/2005 3:39:00 AM)

    Hmm. Interesting I'm pulled in by the remarks of God (Report) Reply

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