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Poem: "Threatening Rain" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Threatening Rain"
This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Threatening Rain"


A rowdy boy and
an indifferent spy,
the background of
Vladimir Putin is
not dipped in glory.

He has gone from
premier to president,
president to premier,
and back to president again.

There are no rainbows over Russia,
though, civil rights clouded over
and threatening rain.

On Putin's orders,
the Russian military
intervened in Ukraine
and annexed Crimea

yet for all his grasping, he cannot
stop the river of time from flowing, and
power drips through his fingers like water.

The world leaders
watch him strut his stage,
splintered floorboards creaking.

He speaks four languages
but understands nothing.

* * *

Notes:

Vladimir Putin has been influential in Russian politics for years. Read his biography.

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From: technoshaman Date: August 9th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"He talks a lot. He doesn't say much."
-- my math teacher in 8th grade.

Putin has a LOT of....flexible truths ... surrounding him.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 9th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> "He talks a lot. He doesn't say much."
-- my math teacher in 8th grade. <<

Well said.

>> Putin has a LOT of....flexible truths ... surrounding him. <<

I doubt he realizes there is such a thing as objective fact.
From: technoshaman Date: August 9th, 2014 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Well... Kant says there Kan't be an *objective* reality, because we Kan't get out of our own heads ... but certainly Putin's reality varies radically from consensus.....
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 9th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I imagine that must be very limiting for people who actually have that restriction. Conversely I had to be reminded that most people spend their whole lives inside only one person's head -- their own -- and therefore find it confusing when an author skips around multiple viewpoints in a story.
From: technoshaman Date: August 9th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Oh, *right*.

Hmmm.

You're still, absent serious arcana, stuck with the same wetware (camera body) ... But you *can* swap personality lenses....

Okay, thanks for the perspective. This needs sleeping on...

So I shall. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 9th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I am stuck with the wetware, when I am wearing it; I can't readily get another body in this world without abandoning this one. I am not stuck IN this body. I can go elsewhere and shift my shape as easily as ever. Yes, this makes an enormous difference in how I think.

It's also a key reason why I am so damn hard to fool: I am not limited to locally accessible knowledge. I have ulterior sources.
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