Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted November 30, 2019


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Echoes of Wordsworth and Yeats remixed

The Stolen Blooms

by Lordinajamjar


I wandered the dark alleys away from the bustling crowd, wherein I spied a host, a host of precious lives stolen.

Come with me O human kindness, among the destitute and down and out, where the streets are filled with weeping.

I know you will understand as my heart, with pleasure filled, rejoices as you dance among them in the breeze.

 


Free Verse Poetry Contest contest entry

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2019


I wanted to write a poem that had echoes of two of my favourite poets, Wordsworth and Yeats. I wanted to write on the subject of homelessness which is an issue near and dear to my heart.

I chose to echo verses from Yeats "The Stolen Child" and from Wordworth's "Daffodils". I wanted to knit the two poets works into my poem, trying hard not to completely plagiarize their verses. Nevertheless I wanted echoes of their verses to be recognizable in my work.

I chose the title "The Stolen Blooms" with the blooms representing Wordsworth's daffodils. Instead of beautiful yellow flowers resplendent in their full glory in the English Lake district as witnessed by Wordsworth, I wanted them to signify the stolen lives which no longer bloomed or never managed to bloom -- the homeless in this case which had been stolen from their natural environment to be cast out onto the city streets.

"Stolen" of course is pulled from Yeats famous poem and the homeless are the stolen children (blooms). In Yeats poem the child is stolen by faeries. In Celtic writings the faery folk are not the fairies of Disney. No indeed, they could be a mischievous malevolent force capable of bringing ruin to the lives of mere mortals. Good fortune too should they wish it. So in this piece they are the malevolent undercurrent that is behind the misfortune that has befallen the homeless.

The picture is reminiscent of the stolen child and mother. A hint of the Christ child and Mary or Horus and Isis perhaps. A reminder that the homeless are as sacred and as valuable as any other human being.

"There but for the grace of God go I".

Human kindness is the remedy to lift the homeless from their pitiful state. Not to be confused with a mere nod and an offer of food for a single day. In this case human kindness represents the real deal. The complete elimination of homelessness. A permanemt solution supported by citizens and government alike.

This is possible. Homelessness is not unique to one city or state. The solution needs to be addressed at the federal level. Other countries could follow Finland's lead which has all but eliminated homelessness.


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