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  Meditation on Lord of the Flies
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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I guess Back-to-School and the Health Care uproar brought this book to mind today.


Meditation on Lord of the Flies

 

I am Ralph

Always watching my feet on the rocks

Thinking and planning

Yearning for home and the moors’ ponies

Trying to hold things together

With nothing but rules and consensus

That there is a way to live together in peace

Though the work of it makes me weep.

 

I am Piggy

My brain burgeons with solutions

Craving and cowering

Despairing as they mock me, my ideas

With my glasses not myself valued

That I wish an adult could help us

For alone the beast will win.

 

I am Simon

The candle-buds’ beauty kindles a fire in my brain.

Dreaming and sharing

Seeking the butterflies and the shaded glen.

Yearning to bring others to the light

With nothing but a smile and silence

That there is no way to survive the beast

And the sea’s soft embrace surrounds my body.

 

I am Jack,

The storms of power surge through me.

Hunting and bullying

Grasping for meat and might

With so much fury and fear

That there is a way to control the tribes

With the heart of it skewered in madness.

 

We are boys

We are English, raised one way

Stiff upper lip and the good of the many

Struggling between man and beast

With only a shared history and hope

That we may support one another

Or die one by one,

Stripped of humanity.

 

 




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Reviewed by D Johnson
It should not be a surprise to understand that we, like the boys, are lost in a jungle of bureuacracy and deception. Nice write.

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
Thanks for the memories. Great book and film. Still feel sad for poor Piggy. J'nia
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Fascinating book, interesting movie and stripped of humanity we shall soon be...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
I've not read this book, these lines make me want to. Well done, Eileen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
As a fan of Lord of the Flies I loved how you captured their personalities and summarized them into a unity. Well done.

hugs
fee
Reviewed by JMS Bell
WELL DONE! IT HAS BEEN QUITE A WHILE SINCE I READ THAT BOOK AND I DON'T REMEMBER THEIR NAMES BUT I REMEMBER THEIR STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE IN A JUNGLE AND THEY SAW THEMSELVES AS THEY NEVER HAD BEFORE. YOUR DISCRIPTIVE IMAGERY IS GREAT. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS.
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This brings back memories of my grade 10 English class, Eileen. Your poem is a fine summation of the characters. Well done! Love and best wishes,

Regis
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