Anthony Di'anno

Freshman - 2,070 Points (Yorkshire)

Sisters and Brothers

They steal our sons and they steal our daughters,

They cash and carry out wholesale slaughters,

They are the ones polluting our rivers,

They are the takers nary the givers,

They are the ones who are stealing our lands,

They are the ones who are binding our hands,

They are the ones who have the true power,

They are the ones who watch as we cower,

They are the ones who would tower and rise,

They are the ones being cut down to size,

They are the destroyers of their own dreams,

They are bearers of pain and silent screams,

They are the ones who stop us being free,

Sisters, brothers we are they,

They are we.

Submitted: Friday, February 07, 2014

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  • Rookie Daniel Brick (6/14/2014 12:24:00 PM)

    This reminds me of POGO. A little background: The late Walt Kelly was a cartoonist who created an animal fable for the commix pages. But he was a genius, an humanitarian, a wit-and-wisdom man. Pogo was his main character and spokesperson (I could never figure out kind of animal POGO was!) During the height of the Vietnam War, Walt Kelly, an early dissident, had POGO make a statement that was so provocative that the White House chided him! Pogo says, WE HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND HE IS US. Your poem climaxes with a similar bitter truth and it's amazing that almost half a century after Walt Kelly's version of it your version is relevant. When will we brothers and sisters all wise up? ? (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,042 Points Hazel Durham (2/27/2014 7:34:00 AM)

    We are they, so true, greed and corruption can infiltrate us all, if truth be known, a powerful, hard hitting write! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,536 Points Geetha Jayakumar (2/13/2014 1:24:00 PM)

    A Beautiful poem with fantastic flow of words. Very beautiful lines..
    They are the ones, polluting our rivers..
    Very true said..No place for humanity here...
    Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (2/12/2014 4:32:00 PM)

    Normally I find rhyming couplets to be too contrived, but you handled this poem very well. They combine to give a forceful, powerful effect and carry a strong unexpected message. Nice one Anthony. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,104 Points Valsa George (2/10/2014 7:54:00 AM)

    Yes, man is his own enemy and we are defeated not by an external enemy, but ourselves!
    We are they
    They are we..... Very true! ! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,047 Points Valerie Dohren (2/8/2014 3:37:00 PM)

    Very good Anthony - words of wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 244 Points Joseph Anderson (2/8/2014 1:24:00 PM)

    A passionate, powerpacked sonnet-Amem, Amen. Glad to see you back in production with your
    potent writes. Check my latest sonnet (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,905 Points Soulful Heart (2/8/2014 12:48:00 AM)

    a statement that win you an election...................but a good poem which should be contemplated to the letter (Report) Reply

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