The Dove

April 24, 2009
By Adam Rosencrans BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
Adam Rosencrans BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
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white, wondrous dove
you float through the air
like a lazy cloud, pure and clean
but you are a wooden horse, with hate in your belly
sitting, waiting, watching

white dove
with olive branch held lightly in hand
why can't you be more like us
noble men, united under the bent cross
with fair skin, just hearts and guns in hand

O dove
conform, I say! your filthy wings look beautiful
you are unkempt, darkened, dirty and must be washed
for that is what we are doing, cleansing you
so why must you resist?

deceiving dove
you fight with the strength of a hundred men
your talons terrorize our towns, still clutching your withered olive branch
your piercing blue eyes glare at us, forcing us to submission
but why! WE are the just ones. WE stand for purity.

serpentine dove
as we lay here, broken, bloodied, battered, cowering under the master's ever watchful eye
you call yourself victorious, celebrating life and freedom
yet what of the charred remains of your olive branch?
as you rumble through the air, a dark and foreboding thundercloud

O black, hateful dove

The author's comments:
We were asked to write a poem about something we saw in the room. I saw the UN flag, with the dove on it.

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joy26 said...
on May. 1 2009 at 10:09 pm
wow. this is superb.

it raises, to me, the questions of ethics and paradoxes... what is right? what is wrong? what is love? what is hate? what is justice? what is mercy?

and what is peace?

thank you for this poem. please keep writing!!!

Miaoru said...
on May. 1 2009 at 2:39 pm
Miaoru, Sunnyside, New York
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Nice descriptions!


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