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VxPoem ID: 47122

Category:
personal_life

Posted: May 27th. 2017 6:06:02 PM

Views: 443

This Mouse! This Man!

by Radko Vacek

Age Group: Adult



"Poor innocent little creatures, if you were reasoning
beings and could speak, you would curse us.
For we are the cause of your death, and what
have you done to deserve it?" Isaac the Syrian

Oh no! Yet another mouse, trapped in glue!
How long has it been writhing? All in vain
Its struggle for freedom, like a man nailed,
Condemned to starve and wither, innocent!
As did Isaac the Syrian, I ask,
What have you done to deserve it? Could you
Have a clue of the boundaries of man?

They say that this world was made by this God
Compassionate. The desert stretches wide,
Far removed from the life-giving river.
Important is this spring between the rocks!
Through its water alone these creatures live!
The sun sets. The desert sky comes alive
With the light of even the faintest stars.
They scoff at astrology, yet I find
Much more evidence for it than for that
Caring God to whom they fervently pray.
This reality stretches wide, so far
Removed from this empathic Creator!

What does not kill us does make us stronger.
Suffering, with redeeming value, makes sense.
But the mouse and the man? "The doctor says
My lungs are shot. Here I sit, just waiting
To die!" As Jim spoke, his upper body
Writhed, like the glued mouse. No hope, no value!
Oh, ever so important is the love
Springing from my heart, like an oasis
In this desert, this world of apathy!

I lift the mouse, its feet ruined with glue,
Out of the trash can. I petition to
Smintheus, Apollo Lord of the Mice,
For strength to wield the plank mercifully.
With one blow what suffering is ended!




Author's Location: Toledo, Ohio
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