What's Cooking?

By dwells

I tried to explain to the children
who thought they had nothing to learn.
The world was a bubbling cauldron;
the Devil was happy to churn.

Invoking the power of reason
to counter the evil of Men.
A patriot warning of treason,
but they were all sleeping by then.

And so I stood up to be counted,
too old to bring much to the fight.
While each on the other they mounted
in quest of a welcoming tight.

Now here in this kitchen of worry,
that we would soon lose what we had.
The children in slow motion scurry,
preparing a dish for the mad.

In agony, begging the children
(their hunger I clearly discern).
But they were no longer my children,
who lighted the pot where I burn.

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Copyright 2017 dwells
Published on Friday, May 12, 2017.     Filed under: "Political" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

Playing with some anapestic feet (^^I) - cheers!
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  • Cassette On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Cassette (1307)By person wrote:

    I feel like when children stop learning, they begin growing into jaded adults; losing that sense of wonder, that curiosity. I know that this poem is deeper than that, though.

  • Quill On Friday, May 19, 2017, Quill (67)By person wrote:

    I love how this was put together. It has an old feel to it like I should have heard it before. But it's not set in that time. Amazing pen.

  • dwells On Monday, May 22, 2017, dwells (5552)By person wrote:

    I think I probably was influenced by Kipling's "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" Q. A little-known but favorite poem of mine. Cheers! - Dan

  • molock On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, molock (323)By person wrote:

    they should be reading this on the 8 o'clock news cast. your pen always rises to the occasion, you're the master dwells

  • Kaiser Black On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Kaiser Black (1510)By person wrote:

    I always enjoy your social commentary. I also like this salty side of you. You don't sugarcoat anything and that's always a welcome sight. Well written dan.

  • SolApathy On Sunday, May 14, 2017, SolApathy (389)By person wrote:

    ...There are way too many sleeping these days, eh DW? Even with their eyes open they fail to see what is inevitability bearing down on us all What a fine poem, a salty peanut to enhance the sweet chocolate of your last poem!

  • Drea On Friday, May 12, 2017, Drea (1422)By person wrote:

    I always enjoy your work. You have a way of telling stories. That fourth stanza stands out to me. All of this just feels right (if that makes sense). A pleasure as always.

  • tmanzano On Friday, May 12, 2017, tmanzano (135)By person wrote:

    I tend to shy from a rhyming read... I however found this clever, and well thought out. I also was traveled easily to this kitchen with this well written rhythmic brew... youth, lost always on grandchildren eh? Loved this one D.

  • dwells On Friday, May 12, 2017, dwells (5552)By person wrote:

    Many thanks TM - just stopped-by to fix a typo in the second line (dropped the "h" in nothing). Must be getting old...cheers my friend! - Dan

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