Thursday, April 25, 2013

Conundrum Squared

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Conundrum Squared

“And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy
to his mighty heart, until the Devil whispered behind the leaves,
“It’s pretty, but is it Art?”.” ---Rudyard Kipling


Again, again, Islamic extremism rears its ugly head,
as immigrant converts murder & maim innocent people;
Infidelism now is the jihadist slur America suffers.


Christianity has been misused by zealots throughout history,
yet today too many view Islam as a religious cancer,
and mosques as breeding grounds for extremism & terror.


Yet much of the world remains tranquil ensconced within
Buddhism, Bahai, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, & Taoism.
Even the plethora of pagans prefer peace over chaos. 


Does God, in his many guises, smile at our fervent posturing?
All inflexible worshippers seem to be lost in their stoicism,
and doves cannot fly in a vacuum of grief and misguided gall. 

Glenn Buttkus

April 2013

Posted over on dVerse Poets FFA

Would you like the author to read these Sijo poems to you?


Claudia said...

it's sickening sometimes how we tend to put people into different drawers and mark them good or bad just by their nationality...ugh...makes me angry..i wish we would learn to love more and blame less... kudos glenn

Laurie Kolp said...

Lots to think about here, Glenn...#4 is so powerful. Great job with the Sijo form.

Anonymous said...

Love the title and the Kipling quote - these are four thought provoking poems and the final line in #4 - just beautiful. K

Anonymous said...

All so complicated. Wonderful that you could work the form so fluidly. k.

Anonymous said...

I want to comment, but dont want t be drawn into a debate of religious or political ethics.

Suffice to say, all 4 are hard hitting and very thought provoking. I had better leave it at that ;-)

Brian Miller said... is intersting to think on how god feels in the wake of killing in his/her name you know...i dont think it is what the original intention was...only a reflection of our falleness projected on god...

Björn said...

So much truth in what you say... personally I believe any religious war is non-religious... It's against all definitions.

Heidi said...

Tightly written and it kind of punches. Nice job.

Yousei Hime said...

You had me at Kipling. So much to think through in each of these. Philosophy does that, doesn't it? Thank you for these.

Grace said...

Beautiful message specially the last verse ~ I prefer peace over fanaticism ~

Anonymous said...

History repeats under another name. Whatever group, there's always good and bad. Nice write.

Paul Bauck said...

Well said!

George Polley said...

Well and perfectly said, Glenn.

Semaphore said...

No wonder you wrote a series of sijo - the theme you've chosen is ambitious beyond even the expanse of the forty-five syllables. Your exposition of the political and religious framework behind current headlines is incisive, thought-provoking.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to stir up a hornet's nest here, but there are Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jewish extremists too - and they are also ready and willing to use violence to further their aims, whatever those might be. It seems to me that where the world is today is what happens when faith is replaced by religion.

Anonymous said...

Excellent poem

But duly note in the last few years Buddhists in Myanmar have murdered thousands of Muslims in retaliation for Muslims murdering Buddhists, and many sects of Buddhism have a goal of intentionally antagonising various govournments and militarities to provoke violence against them and then these sects retaliate with violence

The Israel-Arab conflict - need I say more?

Hardcore Jewish Settlers attack fellow Jews in Jerusalem 24/7; an ultra-Orthodox Haredi Zionist Jew murdered Israeli Jewish Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Hindus have oppressed and tyrannized and raped and robbed and genocided each other and Hinduism is rife with honour killings, and various sects of Hindus have threatened and attacked Muslims and Westerners alike

Sikhism is also rife with honour killings

Violence exists everywhere

Akila G said...

Very religion or books advocate terror..its sad that the readers interpret it for their own selfish motives...we all, with no exceptions, go back to the five elements from where we come!!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes indeed!

A powerful use of the form.

Anonymous said... religion or books advocate terror


Yes they do and it's a liar who says otherwise

Anonymous said...

Man's mind is the root of all evil

Violence predates the spoken word and the written word