George Murdock

Ariel - Poem by George Murdock


Oh troubled world what will be done?
What will happen if Ariel dies?
Will we settle into sleep?
relieved of his bluster and contempt,
spared from his smile which could be
no less sincere.
Will we escape the narrow eyes?
of a man who has never lived
with clean hands.
Will we coast into Bethlehem?
in the middle of Passover
our spirits crushed
by the wailing
of hired mourners
and a dirge of device and reparations.
Will the clanking of armor
ever cease under his dread auspices,
the noise of war and wailing,
of endless speech and curses.
Will the sands accept him?
as he sinks like the corner of a billboard
or a ragged running fence lost in drift.
Will his echo reverberate in stucco houses?
built atop catastrophe and eviction
which may as well have been built of mud
and straw and stand longer
The jagged world of Palestine will not miss him
for they have suffered him.

Comments about Ariel by George Murdock

  • (10/13/2009 8:44:00 PM)

    Piece of perfection. Great job. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/28/2009 9:20:00 AM)

    So few peace makers left in the world, yet at no time in history have we needed them more. Excellent write George. As usual, you have your finger on the pulse of the world. (Report) Reply

  • (12/21/2005 2:34:00 PM)

    My old friend, you are up to your tricks again, writng good poems behind my back, trying to catch me sleeping, trying to slip down the wave in front of me. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2005 9:03:00 PM)

    Interesting timing on this one, George.

    It seems Mr. Sharon has suffered a mild stroke. Timing is everything. By the by. The poem is beautifully crafted, though, I, too, sense the need for a question mark ending the sentence beginning with armor. That is nit-picky. This is a solid piece of writing. It captures well the despair and desperation of Palestine and the Holy Land. Strong images.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 18, 2005

Poem Edited: Sunday, December 18, 2005

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