Conflict | Daniel J. Koren's


Posted by danieljkoren on November 1, 2012 in Fun stuff |

This political poem was inspired by  A Horse Savagely Thrown Down by a Tiger by Eugene Delacroix of Paris, 1828


Passion, fight, fear and

Fury—that’s what describes our world of hurry.

We live to win or die in this

Fight, as those in charge make wrong seem right.

The victim and the

Victor: identity has no sure predictor.

Even from name so high and

Grand have come the lowest of the land.

Even in the fierce face of the

Tiger, have even with fear its eyes grown wider

As bigger foe comes its

Way: there no safety is, come night or day.

A power-beast is the

Horse, but such grace has been made the worse

When claw and tooth of clout and

Greed have swiped another with such speed.

Animals we’re not, but savage

Beasts who’ve civilized such  dreadful feasts.


Daniel Koren, “Conflict,” Bordertown, (Joplin, Mo.: Missouri Southern State University, 2007), 26.

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