2014 Poetry Theme Challenge

#08 Brotherhood of Man




Thank you all who took up the last challenge. Sometimes when we hear, read or see the news it is hard to believe we are all human. However I am sure we have all seen or heard things that restores our faith in Mankind. This challenge is about those things, big or small, that show the brotherhood of Man.


Quote - I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment - Malcom X


My Comforter

Well hast thou spoken, and yet, not taught
A feeling strange or new;
Thou hast but roused a latent thought,
A cloud-closed beam of sunshine, brought
To gleam in open view.

Deep down, concealed within my soul,
That light lies hid from men;
Yet, glows unquenched - though shadows roll,
Its gentle ray cannot control,
About the sullen den.

Was I not vexed, in these gloomy ways
To walk alone so long?
Around me, wretches uttering praise,
Or howling o'er their hopeless days,
And each with Frenzy's tongue; -

A brotherhood of misery,
Their smiles as sad as sighs;
Whose madness daily maddened me,
Distorting into agony
The bliss before my eyes!

So stood I, in Heaven's glorious sun,
And in the glare of Hell;
My spirit drank a mingled tone,
Of seraph's song, and demon's moan;
What my soul bore, my soul alone
Within itself may tell!

Like a soft air, above a sea,
Tossed by the tempest's stir;
A thaw-wind, melting quietly
The snow-drift, on some wintry lea;
No: what sweet thing resembles thee,
My thoughtful Comforter?

And yet a little longer speak,
Calm this resentful mood;
And while the savage heart grows meek,
For other token do not seek,
But let the tear upon my cheek
Evince my gratitude!

Emily Bronte

Useful Words and Phrases:

Stand together
Compassionate heart
Act of kindness
Equality
Unity



Broterhood of Man Theme Challenge



Terry Clitheroe

Two Lovers

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Lu Zhishen
Methuselah Returns



Terry Clitheroe

Two Lovers

The time is near and once again I weep
Too soon it comes each year this tim of pain
The pain of loss of you that cuts too deep
The time we had is gone, each night live again
And your look your laugh still infects my brain.
Would that I could change the fact of death
But Cancer most of all is caused by breath.

When first we met, like any magnet we repelled,
'Til unknowingly we turned and met so strong.
No power could separate, at love we had excelled
Our love though brief on earth, will be so long
But know this, I know that together we belong
We knew that to each other were strongly tied
Like Romeo and Juliet, by love we are so allied.

The Universe expanse and Infinity too short
Eternity will be our time, soul mates, shared souls
For what the Gods have joined, they will not abort
Though death has parted us, you wait in hallowed halls.
Next life we'll have a garden somewhere without a wall
Like the Phoenix out of deaths flame we will arise
Out of Winter's darkness will come our new sunrise.



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Divena Collins

Lu Zhishen. Flowery Monk - Part 1

A sacred bond who had worshipped proud
That became a monk within heavenly spirits
Devout within the gardens of Ancient China
He bore his remarkable strength with pride
Ranked thirteenth of the Liangshan heroes
Where he flourished a spade and dagger
A sacred bond who had worshipped proud
That became a monk within heavenly spirits
His body depicts the fine art of a tattoo
In keeping with strength of will deep within
Within his powers he uprooted a willow tree
From the depths of the sacred Gansu river
A sacred bond who had worshipped proud
That became a monk within heavenly spirits.



Part 2

Winds of great change predict his future life
Which foretold of fate within his pious faith
Great friendship had claimed him a brother
Lin Chong an avid instructor of martial arts
Who was sent in exile far from Kangzhou
Mistook tho' he was for a barbarous bandit
Winds of great change predict his future life
Which foretold of fate within his pious faith
Lu Zhinshen hidden from view to protect him
From the evils that his captors would inflict
Even if it had meant a fate worse than death
He would procede to the last breath he had
Winds of great change predict his future life
Which foretold of fate within his pious faith.



Part 3

He seeks great peace upon Mount Twin Dragons
Where lost spirits shall return deep within his soul
To survive the heartfelt denials of a passive monk
Great strength he had once has now been denied
What must he do to regain his future composure
When the flesh remains weak and blood runs thin
He seeks great peace upon Mount Twin Dragons
Where lost spirits shall return deep within his soul,
Being one of the few survivors after the campaign
Refusing to be ordained to the life of an Abbot
The sudden crash of tides of the Quaintang River
Gravely took his last rights away as he perished.
He seeks great peace upon Mount Twin Dragons
Where lost spirits shall return deep within his soul.

Epilogue: Now I finally realize that I am myself!



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Methuselah Returns

Primitive within thoughts of antiquity
remains a relic of prehistoric extinction
vulnerability towards future eniquity
fortold from medieval goth predictions
yet he has surpassed many generations
he was ancient of past historical times
yet within stature shall remain sublime.

Bearing witness to the greatest of floods
mass deteriation upon the globe of earth
of all that nurtured within natures moods
instinctive behaviour upon animal rebirth
only Noha within his Ark showeth mirth
when their journey reaches a final phase
Methuselah shall return back to appraise.

He shall survive until the end of his days
within stature he bears so much wisdom
when this earth shall reach a final phase
remains forever within Gods Kingdom
yet may return here upon earth seldom
shall there ever be a soul left to impress
Methuselah he says no more and no less.



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