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Crooked Days Crooked Days
by Nikos Laios
2015-05-12 10:42:58
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Crooked Days

The
Crooked
Flapping
Flags
Unfurled;
Their
img_0758_delirium_400Crooked
Ways,
Their
Crooked
Days.

Old
Men
Panting,
Rhetors
Ranting;
Smashing
Crystal
At Their
Feet.

Black
Boots
Sailing
With
The
Fleet.

Jackboots
Stomping;
Jackboots
Romping.

Brownshirts
Stomping
In the
Streets.

Bricks
Are
Hurled;
The
Smiles
Are
Curled;
In their
Hurly
Burly
Ways.

In
These
Surly
Deadly
Days;
Fly-blown
Festering
Winds
Are
Curled.

Around
The
Piles
Of
Smashed
Up
Skulls.

Around
The old
Men in
The
Ghettos;
The
Children
Dying to
Rigoletto.

Jackboots
Stomping;
Jackboots
Romping.

Brownshirts
Stomping
In the streets.

When
The
Shadow
Passed
Us
All.

A
Shadow
Jung
Foretold
Would
Fall.

Now
We
Live
In
Modern
Days;
Healthy
Wealthy
Modern
Ways.

While
The
Bureaucrats
In Brussels; 
Dine
On
Tasty
Salty
Mussels.

Old
Men
In
Cafes,
Remember;
Bloodied
Older
Colder
Days.

When
The
Crooked
Flags
Unfurled;
In those
Crooked
Older
Days.

When
The
Chancellor
Was smiling;
When the
People
Were
Defiant.

In those
Crooked
Older
Days.

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With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios

 


   
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Emanuel Paparella2015-05-12 15:49:12
Indeed Nikos, as your poem hints at, poetry needs to evoke not only the glory days but the crooked days as well, what you aptly call the Junghian “shadows” of a civilization. For unless the whole picture is accurately and unflinchingly portrayed and analyzed, one runs the risk of arriving at a priori near-perfect but inaccurate picture. That is what ideological puritans usually do: they portray an over-idealized perfect polity to be imposed forcibly, which looks impregnable from outside attacks (in effect a myth of sort), and lose sight of the fact (as pointed out by de Tocqueville’s acute analysis of American democracy) that most republics and democracies destroy themselves from the inside; they lose their liberty the very moment they become a home to “the tyranny of the majority,” and not because of external threats. In the process of such false narrative those ideological purists end up not only not solving the problems of a polity but become integral part of its problems.


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