SENTINEL POETRY
ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY  ISSUE #11 OCTOBER 2003  ISSN 1479-425X

Contents

JOSEF LESSER
Six Poems

OBIORA UDECHUKWU
About The Poet

Poems from Portraits and Landscapes

Poems from What The madman Said

SUNDRA
Interview: My E-Conversation with Sundra by Nnorom Azuonye

Six Poems

LINKS
Notes on contributors

Past issues

Home

JOSEF LESSER


Free and Equal

Have you ever wondered
watching a worm for instance
if all are born "Free and Equal"?
The group in the compost
with their access to a world of
gourmet delights in a myriad
shade of colour, size and taste,
pumpkin seeds to play
and puzzle
cucumber caves to hide and seek.
While in the cool still earth
across the way
the cousins, first and second
thrice removed squirm
within their insular surrounds.
A bird inside
its one bedsit of wire.
Oh the very best of seeds, no doubt
adulation and applause
from honoured guests, encore encore.
While in the moody sky
on message wires and trees
the others of the tribe
roam wild and free,
of course must learn the knack
of dodging speeding cars
and the man with the gun,
by accident or fun.
Free and equal we
can butter our toast on either side.
Elect when
to perch high in a tree, from a limb
explode our will out to the void.
True friends will applaud,
even twice, encore, encore.
So who will jeer?
only the man with the gun
and his kind,
like the worm will continue to squirm
inside his nebulous mind.

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