Dominion

Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar. This 1899 painting by Lionel Royer depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC).
Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar.
This 1899 painting by Lionel Royer depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC).

When a chieftain comes to power, it’s because he’s acted well
in providing for the welfare of the tribe.
When a politician rises with smooth rhetoric to sell
what’s not really his to give, then it’s a bribe.
When a clique of any dogma with agenda driven goals
should encounter opposition to its plan,
that’s when greed and self-advancement will supplant more lofty roles,
and the powerful will kill because they can.

When a species such as humans has no predators to fear
yet they have the wherewithal to calculate,
it’s perhaps the plan of Gaia (causing some to disappear)
to allow cupidity to turn to hate.
For it’s certain through the ages, those in power decimate;
we can hope for what it’s worth that mankind wakes before too late.

© Lawrence R. Eberhart, 2014

Review

I find the message to be the compelling force. I am inadequate to comment on meter. I will say that the contrast of the chieftain to the politician says so much about simpler ways being better for the populace. “When a chieftain comes to power, it’s because he’s acted well, in providing for the welfare of the tribe” should be exactly the same reason a politician rises, but so often is not. It leads to the question — “What is the driving difference between people in mass and people in a tribe?”

Your lines, “When a species such as humans has no predators to fear, yet they have the wherewithal to calculate, it’s perhaps the plan of Gaia (causing some to disappear) to allow man’s avarice to turn to hate”, reminds me much of a movie call “The Moment After” — in which all the children and many adults suddenly disappeared, and one explanation was — “Mother Gaia is cleansing herself” (guess they hadn’t heard of the Second Coming). So reading this piece opens doors to much to ponder on the state of Mankind.

Katherine Michaels

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