February 2013-March 2014
17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
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Poems Inspired by Book 5
Nell Perry and Karin Heyer
by Nell Perry
Human Destructiveness, Now and Then
by Karin Heyer
Loaded gun held up high
towards a bound man at a simple pole
fearful fire riddles the still air and his body.
A musician sings near the corner of a street,
He was made for times of peace.
He stood without guilt at the furious waters of war:
A cruel sword pierced his temple.
The ground was warm and sodden with blood; brutal, gruesome, flaying spears,
strike full in the face,
two comrades fell beside each other dying.
Fatal wounds harm hundreds of men,
men made to fight trampling over
heaps of withering men.
What mad impulse drives man
to this criminal act of war?
Untold suffering hits the common, bound man.
It is said, obedience to an order from above
lifts the burden of murder and accountability
for deeds evil.
-so they say-
Oh no, you cannot disown responsibility
for deeds done,
inhumanity towards another human
freezes the heart into stone,
you remain a killer for all time.
You can find out more about Nell here:
http://www.zonepoetrymagazine.com/>>See sidebar for more details.
Karin Heyer, as yet, does not have a website.