Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,043 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

What Lurks Beneath Civility - Poem by Gert Strydom

Is there an animal
that hides in every heart
and waits for a chance
to materialise?

Is homo homini lupus
etched into every soul
and does every human
wait for an opportunity,
to hunt and destroy
and to gain
from its fellow man.

Is this the way
until the One appears,
who will breake the spears
and dwell in hearts?

[References=>Homo homini Iupus=> Man is a Wolf to Man=> men prey upon other men. 'The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them' (Isaiah 11: 6) . ]

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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