Rome Burns

I will fiddle while all

about me Rome burns

I will find my slumber

while derelict of my duties

I will leave the post

to which I am assigned

I will stand and shout

down all authority

I will flout the law

and the system it supports

I will howl nightly

at a gray, jagged moon

I am of the huddle mass,

the disenfranchised,

those left without, looking in

I will buck wildly

against the system

and in all of this

I will not be alone


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on August 25, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. This is superb! I could visualise the scene. Thank you for writing itπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  2. Especially timely thoughts, John. Powerful messages for those who need to hear. Conflagration is sure to come. Perhaps not In my lifetime but surely coming. Those “without” have yet to realize how fortunate they are to be “out” and not “in” as consuming the “in” is to drink the poison that is the cause of our displacement in the first place. You definitely are not alone.

  3. The courage it takes to be a rebel… Most talk about it, some dream, very few act… Taking a stance of any kind is risky and courageous. I admire those who can even speak about it in a public prose… It inspires those who may not have the gumption to do it themselves. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Following a particular ideology or a pack of like-minded people can be a trap not to mention boring. lol I always like to stay away from those kinds of things and think for myself. To rebel is to be human. I hope we all will.

  4. The courage one takes to be oneself is truly admirable! Awesome poem! I’ve nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award!! Please do join in! Please do check out my newest post for more information!

  5. Invokes Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

  6. Awesome, I love this. I’m not sure why but it reminded me of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Lay me Low”, which I also love.

  7. Reblogged this on Billy in Blunderland and commented:
    I love this man’s poems, and I particularly love this one, the mood and, well, Rome is MY city after all, so why not πŸ™‚
    Please go and check out his other poems too.

  8. Got my ticket, and my number, authorities say they’ll let me know when I can be part of the huddled mass. For now I’m worse than that. At least I’m in line.

  9. This reminded me of an Indian politician Arvind kejriwal πŸ˜‚ He does the same and so the opposition parties call him an anarchist. Great post though πŸ‘

  10. Something to each morning before going out into the world

  11. Roll on the Revolution…… πŸ˜‰

  12. You have such a way with words.

  13. I feel your frustration. I know we are not of the same mind in all things, but some things to be sure. I apologize for the one transmission I sent, I only have half a head sometimes, and I didn’t think that was you. I feel my heart race and my skin crawl when I hear people talk as if there is no God, sorry.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ It’s always great to talk to anyone who isn’t of the same mind. There may be disagreements or even arguments but there will be something learned if we are open to new information.

  14. Hi John This is very inspirational πŸ™‚

  15. most interesting, as individual as we are, we are never alone. shared solitude… namaste Michelle

  16. Reblogged this on unlockthedoortolearning and commented:
    Another amazing reality check from John White about the world in which we live in 2015. Where do we go next? And who is in charge? Shokai

  17. Great poem – just what I need to lift my mood today! Thanks.

  18. My favorite from you thus far.

  19. Nice one, Nero πŸ™‚

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