Several Ways of Looking at Domination–Poetry Potluck


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several ways of looking at domination

i.
i saw two wrens
attack a jay
the urge to protect
overpowers strength

ii.
in summer
green prevails
abundant charm
delights

iii.
but in winter
green gives way
to brown
to gray
to white

iv.
sometimes
the one who rules
is really subject
to another
we call it
manipulation

v.
it is a fearsome
thought—
polis who rdetermine our fate
cannot control
their weiners

vi.
red, not black
dominates color
(sorry, Wallace)*
pulses energy

vi.
if it is true
that we create god
in our own image
who’s in charge?

*The form of this poem is inspired by poet Wallace Stevens. This stanza is a response to his poem, The Domination of Black.

Submitted to Jingle’s Poetry Potluck: http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/ for this week’s theme of Dictatorship, Autocracy, and Despotism

The image is of Wallace Steven’s Connecticut home.

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19 thoughts on “Several Ways of Looking at Domination–Poetry Potluck

  1. Joe Suzz says:

    The scary part is the question at the end.

    Joe

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  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    Clever and very fine, but the seventh surpasses all. Brilliant!

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  3. Judith Evans says:

    Every stanza is priceless. I love the last part…interesting insight into our concept of God. Love it!

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  4. brian says:

    haha…weiners…nice play…and a great question in the last one…intriguing vignettes when put together…

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  5. trisha says:

    fantastic words of wisdom.

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  6. bendedspoon says:

    remarkable thoughts! your ending could start the ball rolling, anew 😉

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  7. Kavita says:

    *Applause*… and more applause!! thta was one power packed write, Victoria…
    As for red, *sigh*… that’s all I could say…

    Some superb illustrations of dominance indeed… in various circumstances too…
    I loved how you did that!!

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  8. Ravenblack says:

    Insightful gems. Loved the imagery in i and ii. iv and vi are very thought provoking. 🙂

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  9. Lafemmeroar says:

    Nicely done. If we create “God” in our own image and there are more women than men, then here’s to the rule of the Goddess. She’s taking names, kicking ass and some uncontrollable weiners will roll.

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  10. Excellent! A jaunty look at the world of who-is-in-charge.

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  11. Jingle says:

    truly love it.

    everything is relative, human greed is the problem at times.

    keep sharing.
    🙂

    A+++

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  12. ALIVE aLwaYs says:

    a startling question to end your remarkable color dominant, perspective poem, or may be it was sarcasm, because I thought man is in-charge of man or men (and there’s domination, damn it!)

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  13. Interesting. Some great observations, symbolism and a lil straight up tellin’ us how u feel. Kool post. I liked it.

    http://henryclemmonspoet.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-kingdom.html

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  14. Multiple delight here Victoria! I like the summer and the winter domination! To me at least the colors of each season and the seasons dominate when it comes to my inside peace!

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  15. Bodhirose says:

    Excellent–all good examples of domination–really enjoyed these. Yeah, Weiner and his weiner! What the hell was he thinking?!

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  16. I enjoyed it all, especially the weiners. 🙂

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  17. jgavinallan says:

    I like the part about weiners…lol

    Jaye

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