Friday, July 14, 2017

Before the Terror Comes the Tyranny

July 14, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is revolution in honor of Bastille Day, which is celebrated today, July 14th.

Today’s poem is a Bastille Day poem warning of the dangers of revolutionary chaos.

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Nick Gordon

Before the terror comes the tyranny.
A bloodstained flower has roots in bloodstained soil.
Some would steal the fruit of others' toil,
Then claim it as a right of property.
In revolutions, though, if chaos reigns,
Legitimacy is lost, and many will
Look back with less distaste at former ill,
Eager more for order than for gains.
Days of terror yield dictators new,
As the many yield power to the few,
Yearning for the clarity of chains.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Revolution
July 11: Andrew
July 14: Before the Terror Comes the Tyranny

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