Max Reif

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Analogy: President Bush And Iraq - Poem by Max Reif

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.

Comments about Analogy: President Bush And Iraq by Max Reif

  • (2/22/2006 5:40:00 AM)

    Very clever and well considered. Thoroughly enjoyed this - thankyou.
    Anna xxx
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  • Linda Ori (2/9/2006 11:48:00 PM)

    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.
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  • (1/17/2006 10:06:00 PM)

    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!

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  • (1/15/2006 11:14:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 2:14:00 AM)

    A piece to think about Max. Well put together and had me scratching my head for a while. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2006 10:35:00 AM)

    My solution is tame the pike, to live with the other fish, or nobody claims the lake.We will all perish. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2006 10:18:00 AM)

    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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  • (1/11/2006 10:16:00 AM)

    fantastic to see a politcal poem
    appear here
    and saying what needs to be said,
    now those who need to hear
    to get this to them
    great work
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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