Rend

So wish to God I
more water to weep,
more blood to river,
more flesh to rend from bone!

Think you, you wolves to have me?
It is me and only simply me
and the rocks and the earth and the sea and the sky
and all that is immutable
who lie here prone and silent,
ravenous with patience,
waiting just for you—
fools you—waiting just for you.

The idea I was trying to convey in this poem is best summed up by a quotation from the New Testament, Matthew 5:5: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

This quote is now often said with sarcasm, reflecting its use over the past centuries by the rich, powerful and manipulative as an excuse to subjugate and exploit other people by class, race, nationality or economic strata. The irony of this is undeniable: it is both a justification of greed, and at the same time, a sanctimonious suggestion that such rapaciousness somehow benefits the downtrodden. Ridiculous, of course, but hypocrisy seldom makes much sense in the end.

And in the end, there will be justice, if not this world, than the next.

Thank you so much for reading Rend. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.

john

© 2013 by John Etheridge; all rights reserved. This poem and accompanying notes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This applies to all original work found on this site, unless noted otherwise. The attribution claimed under the license is: © 2013 by John Etheridge, https://bookofpain.wordpress.com.

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  1. l wrote a poem once about the difference between the MEEK and the WEAK. I can’t remember what I called it – I’ll have to see if I can find it. I also believe that literally the meek shall inherit the earth. Thanks for your explanation. I know someone who believes as you do and find it very interesting, but I remain a Christian. I have an open mind regarding reincarnation. In some ways it does make sense, but not in others. Mankind is not improving at all in my opinion. His barbarism simply takes on a different form. I really like this poem.

    • Denise, I would *love* to read a poem on “meek vs. weak”! Please do try to find it. As to man’s continued barbarism, there is much, daily, that saddens us yes, but the Pinker book does make a good point: that in terms of overall social violence, it is on the decline. Thank you for liking the poem!