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Analogy: President Bush And Iraq

Rating: 4.8
The problem is pike:
someone dropped
a pair in the lake,
and these savage predators
are multiplying,
eating all the other fish,
whose natural habitat this is.

Your mind is a vast, vast net.
You throw it and its resources
into the lake
to try to surround all the pike.

If you leave even two
they'll infest the whole place again.
Then you'll cast your net once more,

maybe a bigger net,
to try to get it around
the whole problem
once and for all.

It's hard to tell, each time—
you can boast of success at first.

Sooner or later, though,
it will be obvious to all:
the pike will be gone,
or only pike will remain.
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COMMENTS
Anna Russell 22 February 2006
Very clever and well considered. Thoroughly enjoyed this - thankyou. Hugs Anna xxx
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Linda Ori 09 February 2006
Max - Like the pike, the terrorists will always be there, just out of sight, waiting to rear their ugly heads just when you think you got 'em all. Great perspective on a no-win scenerio. Linda
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Gregory Gunn 17 January 2006
Max, Extremely high marks here. Clever approach metaphorically. Encourages me to want to read more of your work and indeed I shall starting right now. Kudos! Gregory
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Amanda Lukas 15 January 2006
It looks like you're getting back into the swing of things, Max. A fine metaphor and a very good poem. I read about the pike problem a few years back. It's happening in many different places, actually.
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Declan McHenry 14 January 2006
A piece to think about Max. Well put together and had me scratching my head for a while.
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David Tanguay 11 January 2006
My solution is tame the pike, to live with the other fish, or nobody claims the lake.We will all perish.
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Joseph Daly 11 January 2006
So Max, is a bigger net required or a different method of catching the pike? This is great work, not in - your - face rantings, and hints at an important question whilst there is a slight condemnation. Or is that just me?
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Charles Chaim Wax 11 January 2006
fantastic to see a politcal poem appear here and saying what needs to be said, now those who need to hear somehow to get this to them great work
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