Under their Thumb


Impossible maps;
States with gaps in their borders;
Edges that don’t join.

Paradox nations;
Armys at war with themselves;
Friendly gunshot wounds.

A failed state has not
Coward its citizens. A shame
To have failed at shame.

A successful state
Has it all under its thumb,
Last time it dared look.

Freedom does not come
In penny packets. You get
It all or none.

Mike Lesser

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2 Responses to Under their Thumb

    1. to defeat an enemy, first you must place in his mind, the idea that he will be defeated. ..Sun Tzu, art of war.

      Comment by david shields on 21 August, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    2. this poem says it all about my country…” penny packets of freedom”. brilliant.

      Comment by david shields on 21 August, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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