Driven By Fear

Driven By Fear long poem

Our lives are driven in a state of fear
The voices downtrodden are so hard to hear
The captain and crew are in it for themselves
All others are pushed to the back of the shelf

Captains of industry and lords in their halls
Bawl at each other dividing their spoils
Two or three houses and more than one car
Just who the hell do they think they are?

And the captain orders full steam ahead
Though we all look on with fear and dread
The boilers are lit and the pressure is high
Our uplifted faces beseeching the sky

Such a treacherous sea as we steam on by
The tips of the icebergs are all we can spy
The danger lurks beneath cold dark waves
Taking risks with our lives for they think they’ll be safe.

We look back in time, lessons learned from the past
We shout and we wave but we’re going too fast
We’re on the brink, we can see the falls
But the powers that be are ignoring our calls

And the captain orders full steam ahead
Though we all look on with fear and dread
The boilers are lit and the pressure is high
Our uplifted faces beseeching the sky

But the ship roars on leaving a desolate wake
It’s too late to stop it, it’s too late to brake
On a path of destruction we are sensing the end
But no lifeboats are found, no mayday to send

Then out of the east comes a wave dark and tall
Rolling and threatening to swamp one and all
The captain ignores this insidious threat
He has his escape route laid out, you can bet

The wave swamps the boat with a shuddering blast
And into the sea, now screaming, we are cast
The ship rolling over the captain is stuck
He foolishly though he would have better luck

And the captain ordered full steam ahead
Though we all looked on with fear and dread
The boilers were lit and the pressure was high
Sinking down beneath the waves we lose sight of the sky.

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ALL POEMS ©2015 DARREN SCANLON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. * Words and music have always played a major role in my life. A life without being able to enjoy music and express in words would be, for me, empty and cold.I have been writing since age 16, some 30+ years now but have only recently started publishing my works. Since doing so in Dec 2013, I have published 4 novels and 5 volumes of poetry, (available on Amazon.co.uk).My words are my life. If they touch you in any way, if you are able to take something from them, then my work has achieved its goal and I am a happy man.Welcome to my world. Darren.
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Enigmatic verse @dartherino, your talent is amazing, is it just a ship at sea that you describe or is the lives of men who are at sea in their life?

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