Saturday, January 3, 2015
Poem of the Day: "Divergence" by John Hunt, MD
John Hunt, MD is a co-founder of Trusted Angels Foundation http://www.trustedangels.org—which provides medical, educational and entrepreneurial support for orphans and others in Liberia, West Africa. He is a pediatrician and author of Assume the Physician http://www.amazon.com/ASSUME-THE-PHYSICIAN-Medicines-Catch-22/dp/0985933208/ref=tmm_pap_title_0, reviewed in Songs of Eretz here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2012/07/review-of-assume-physician-by-john-hunt.html and Higher Cause http://www.amazon.com/Higher-Cause/dp/B00R8GMLL0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420123867&sr=1-1&keywords=higher+cause, reviewed in Songs of Eretz here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2012/07/john-hunts-premier-serialized-novel.html and is currently writing a series of six novels with his coauthor Doug Casey. Dr. Hunt’s poetry has appeared previously in Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine.
John Hunt, MD
A statesman’s unethical commandments
Good men civilly disobey.
The State demands that they obey.
But Morality has its own commandments.
Lying to a woman is not a crime.
To bed a woman, untruths he states.
To do so is fine, so sayeth the State,
yet against Morality it be a high crime.
Money printed by the Fed: a con.
With counterfeit funds, the bankrupt State
Purchases all the land, the real estate.
Morality expunged from the lexicon.
Two paths diverge to left, to right:
Morality or the State.
Most follow the track paved by the State.
The Moral man turns right.
Poet’s Notes: Laws of Nature are discovered by human inquiry— we study—through analysis and empiric investigation—the rules necessary for the thriving of the individual and the species. In contrast, Laws of Man are the whims of the powerful, given authority through force.
This poem recognizes the contradictions between the Laws of Nature (moral action) and the force and fraud that is the nature of immoral government. The Founding Fathers of the United States encouraged the Laws of Nature to be our Laws. Sadly, such is no longer the case.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Hunt’s point is certainly open to debate, but he makes his point eloquently in the form of this memorable poem. I was reminded of some of the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance here. Fight on, John!