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the wheel

civilized man
sees the shadow
and the wheel keeps turning
watch it run
rabbit from the snare
the trap lies above
stars observe
the miniscule maze
amused at the prize
they shorten the days
the king of cheese
has shut his eyes
and the wheel keeps turning
soldiers march
on checkerboard fields
pastures green and crimson pools
where nothing yields
a collision of fools
and the wheel keeps turning
time the great master
with lessons to learn
come to the table
or stand and burn
forge ahead for
dread has no meaning
in the gleaming
the dead remain dead
and the wheel keeps turning
black birds have flown
sad songs were sung
sweet winds have blown
lifeless pennants
hung to harken defeat
soundless drums
offer no beat
none to witness
a final appeal
hares and men
meet the teeth of the wheel
one circle ends
another begins
no place for atonement
a world without sin
to early
to late
in the nick of time
there is no sentence
there was no crime
long ago written
witnessed and sealed
just men being men
and the wheel
the wheel

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  • Elucidate
    Elucidateabout 5 years ago

    c’est la vie.

  • ha …perfect…..:)

    – butchart

  • Hathor
    Hathorabout 5 years ago

    Woohooo! YES! Amen, bravo, and right the F on, for seeing the wheel; acknowledging the wheel; staying ON the blood-soaked wheel; and writing it with respect and love. truth is born upon the wheel; as we form our spines, wrapping our bodies on the outside curve of the wheel, while watching the inside out.

    sorry…got carried away. brilliant poem! love, K xo

  • don’t be sorry my friend… i love how you started up where i left off… that damn wheel keeps turning no matter what… ha……. thank you so much for your wonderful words….. peace and light…….b

    – butchart

  • barnsy
    barnsyabout 5 years ago

    man and wheel eternally linked. nice x

  • hey.. great to see you.. and thank you so much… i really like your new avatar… i hope you are well……… love and light……b

    – butchart

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 5 years ago

    that was good man

  • Hey MT.. glad you like it buddy… i’ve got some time off coming in the next couple days.. we can catch up……. i hope all is well…..b

    – butchart

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonabout 5 years ago

    Rich in symbolism and honesty which are the staples of a Butchart piece. Evocative as always terrifically written. X

  • thank you so much sweet paul… it’s sure good to see you…… i hope you’ve been well…… love and light…..b

    – butchart

  • lianne
    lianneabout 5 years ago

    Oh my heavens Butch – what a masterpiece this is! The repetition of the phrase “the wheel keeps turning” brings home the point if the rest of this poem did not. This one, dear heart, is going to haunt me for weeks. It is beyond brilliant how you have captured this truth in your exquisite – almost painfully exquisite – metaphor, your beautiful symbols. One of my all time favorites of your, sweet man, and that’s going some! Love it, and of course, love you! xox

  • bless you dear friend…. came to me in the night… at sunrise actually… kind of like a ton of bricks… it just had to get out.. and it felt GOOD… i will try calling you tomorrow.. i sure could use a dose of you……. as always thank you for your unwavering support… it and you mean the world to me…… lots of love… and more……..b

    – butchart

  • blamo
    blamoabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful writing …………from the master wordsmith

  • i thank you kind sir…. good to see you around….. stay well……. love and light…..b

    – butchart

  • JaneSolomon
    JaneSolomonabout 5 years ago

    Most interesting write Butch….a write that could have many interpretations…. I did think of many things including breaking from old patterns…..hopefully we are not all hamsters on a wheel….although I have sometimes felt that way. I’d definitely like to read this more than once. xx

  • i think in the grand scheme of things..we are nothing and we are everything… it is up to us to accept that we are the creators of our own reality…. as you have done….. thank you for your words here……. peace and light……b

    – butchart

  • Alexander King
    Alexander Kingabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful , you are mamzing

  • wow.. thanks for the kind words.. i’m really glad you stopped by my work alexander…. thank you………….b

    – butchart

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirabout 5 years ago

    Just masterful butch most likely how i feel but that was dark meaningful and life goes on!
    great words.Magic

  • i’m humbled by your words martin… thank you so much… i hope you are well……. peace and light…..b

    – butchart

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