Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sweet Success

Poets Against Greed was a success! Several poets showed up to read their work and we had an awesome night of poetry. Battling stuttering and nervousness, I managed to get through my first reading with dignity and now I can't wait for the next one. Eric Sutherland's performance was inspiring. I say "performance" because his poetry reading is its own art form. I'm so glad he was able to come down from Lexington and join us.

One of the poems I read was just written today and is still in its rough draft stage. It is called "The False Savior."

Yours is the wickedest deed of all

Offering painted promises
you reach out to the
Hope-starved masses who
search for a savior

Your words inspire them
Your face frames their
dreams for the future
Kindling hope

Your smile is sodden
with the greed that drips
from your brow like sweat

If only they could peel back
the promise-paint and see
the empty husks beneath

If only they could see beyond
your mask to the pockets lined
with the bounty of vampires

Yours is the wickedest deed of all

You are a false savior
bartering their trust for your success

1 comment:

Rick said...

I agree! PAG was a great success (don't you love how I acronym everything? Only an excessive acronymer would use acronym as a verb!) I was inspired, too. I hope to get my newest poems posted soon; they were a result of the great poetry shared that night. Glad you put this group together.