Whispering in Central Park

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    Before every judgment day on earth, god sent a prophet to warn before.

    Whispering in Central Park

    Horns, mad taxi’s rabid voice

    Horns blare into street air

    And silver plate glass shudders

    Because it just doesn’t care

     

    Sirens, crying of the victims lost

    EMT’s, or the thin blue line

    It’s all blood red after midnight

    Inside the marked yellow line

     

    Whistles, white gloves’ rapid gesture

    And behemoths all stampede

    But pedestrians simply walk

    To show they have no pressing need

     

    Voices, shouts and deprications

    Is it a game or just a mob?

    Orders, fierce bosses yelling orders

    Dammit all, just do your job!

     

    It is a loud life for a city

    Concrete, glass and steel

    Please skip the pot-holed madness

    And let its people feel.

     

    But there in Central Park.

    A delivered child of Tophet

    Speaks fearless into the noise

    The quiet surity of a prophet.

     

    Judgment has been long delayed

    But surely not forgotten

    Sense the wind America

    And sniff the omen burning rotten.

     

    No one finds pure justice anymore

    Jurists bought and sold

    Crime now pays its dividends

    Where e’er its story dares get told.

     

    The church, the state, march arm on arm

    Against all private conscience

    You’ll buy and sell or go to hell

    Without a voiced remonstrance

     

    Soon, you’ll arrive too late to listen

    So hold that dead tomato

    Before you throw it in the eye

    Of the final stealth tornado.

     

    You ask me why I do not yell

    As if to increase my profit

    A whisper carries just as well

    When delivered by God’s prophet.


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    carynontherhine commented on Whispering in Central Park

    01-04-2011

    I love this poem as it speaks to me with my own upbringing and very early adult years of being in the city. The ending is superb and the entire write is outstanding work by you with your signature all over its pages. Hugz

    arronpalmer commented on Whispering in Central Park

    01-04-2011

    I adore the imagery, or rather the sounds, you carefully crafted in this one Harver. The contrast you create by painting the noisy city first is a joy to listen to.

    HarverTomsson

    01/04/2011

    That did seem to me to be the task of hearing God's voice. First one must filter out, or listen through the noise. Harv

    tenderpoison commented on Whispering in Central Park

    01-02-2011

    this is truly words to the wise Harv - very well done and I love the final stanza - you have a gift for powerful closing lines :) 10

    HarverTomsson

    01/02/2011

    Hopefully the voice of Revelation 13 will be heard even in the nois eof city life.

    twayneking commented on Whispering in Central Park

    12-31-2010

    Very nicely done piece. The last two lines particularly resonate, though prophets actually do have a long history of shouting a bit when they are trying to get a message across.

    HarverTomsson

    01/02/2011

    Yes, I agree, but I also was replaying " Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit . . " and then there is that "still small voice" Thanks for reading, Harv

    ginga commented on Whispering in Central Park

    12-31-2010

    Harver, A detailed poem starting with the chaotic city leading to the graft and political corruption that lies within its borders. Your style of leading us to the dog's dish is quite clever you know. ginga

    HarverTomsson

    12/31/2010

    hah, hah, but hopefully you do not regard the message as dog's food! Harv

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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