April 13, 2009

Only a Partial "Rescue"; the Pirate Needs Rescuing Too!



This piece does not aim to undermine the courage or the commitment of the rescuers who put their lives on line to save a fellow human being, Captain Richard Phillips, who will go down in naval history as a model Captain.


A 'rescue' alright;
by snipers and seals so savy!
A brave battle in distant waters
betwixt a lifeboat and a navy!

Saving the innocent
from a dastardly attack
by 'pirates' of
a nation -
one fighting for morsels!
A 'rescue' albeit:
of the have from the have not!

A 'rescue' was it?
Tentatively balanced
on a few million dollars.
Hushedly conspired
in powered headquarters.


A 'rescue' no doubt:
one precariously towed-
with a hundred feet of rope;
one fervently prayed for-
on pretty Vermont slopes;
one testily argued -
in Somalian swelter;
one instantly admired -
by American viewers.

A 'rescue' so unique!
Made thinkers to ponder
as to who was captive,
and who the captor...

9 comments:

Id it is said...

Those young 'have nots' have captured two more cargo ships! How does one plead their case if they repeatedly terrorize innocents!

Sharique said...

Those 'have nots' are have nots because they chose to be that..didn't they have an opportunity to be in the 'have'?

human being said...

beautiful and strong piece...
loved your perspective...

the two sides are innocent and captive is us!

the captor is...

a few months ago i wrote this,

Crescendo

Echo said...

I love the flow of this, so unique.

Eshuneutics said...

A light poem with a heavy question. Neat.

Id it is said...

sharique,
I agree with you that their status of 'have not' is not entirely their fault; all the more reason for them to be 'saved' as well wouldn't you agree?

Id it is said...

hb,
Truly, the 'bleeding'and 'broken'and the 'croaking' and 'crying' from "Crescendo' are attributes for both the 'captive' and the 'captor' here! Your poem is sharp!

Id it is said...

Eshu,
Care to help me answer that 'heavy question'? In fact it becomes harder by the day to do so in the light of wht has been happening off the coast of Somalia these last few weeks.

EXSENO said...

You always write such interesting poetry.
My favorite part of this one is no doubt,

A 'rescue' no doubt:
one precariously towed-
with a hundred feet of rope;
one fervently prayed for-
on pretty Vermont slopes;
one testily argued -
in Somalian swelter;
one instantly admired -
by American viewers.

A 'rescue' so unique!
Made thinkers to ponder
as to who was captive,
and who the captor...

I don't know how you do it but that was perfect. I loved it.