A well-tried tactic of power
is to tempt with no chance of being caught,
then to spill the beans to bring down.

It will do this to all lesser powers than itself,
but particularly to upstarts.

If the latter happen to be on the same side,
infiltration will bring down,
more than if they don't.

It will make them think they're saying they will,
when they think they're saying they won't.

by Douglas Scotney

Comments (7)

A well articulated piece of poetry, nicely encapsulated and penned with insight. A lovely piece indeed. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. ➕9
Very logical and thought provoking words. Thanks, Anna.
I came across your above mentioned poem today, as it has been posted as the 'Member Poem' of the day. I couldn't agree more to what you have said in the poem. A short poem, but deep and firm.
Out of the poems in the main page this was the one that drew my attention the most. Simply great and you placed into words what I think regarding this subject. To kill is not only the act itself. 10/10 no more words needed.
very true... great write.
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