"Shepherd and Sheep in a Moonlit Lane" by John Atkinson Grimshaw‘A Communist Specter Haunts the West’ by Adam Jon Miller The Society August 22, 2017 Deconstructing Communism, Poetry, Villanelle 1 Comment A Villanelle “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” —George Orwell From the first green grass we navigate— Through days & nights of wake & sleep— Down this road that leads to our house of hate. When the wise are fools, it’s far too late— Kneels a shepherd down to beg his sheep. From the first green grass we navigate. When fish have feet & man is bait, Hail dirt—hail dust—burn brooms—don’t sweep! Down this road leads to a house of hate. While a city ruined must face its fate, Still a law that lives, so rare, worth keep. From the first green grass we navigate. Say something—anything—they lock the gate. Because they, my friend, are meek—skin-deep. Down this road leads to a house of hate. When wrong is right, most celebrate. Nearly dead—the truth—yet few will weep. From the first green grass we navigate Down this road that leads to our house of hate. Adam Jon Miller earned a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in Northwest Florida with his wife and two children where he co-manages a family real estate brokerage. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response James Sale August 22, 2017 An ambitious poem – I like it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.