A rough update of a 14th century depiction of hell.‘Dirty Hands’ and Other Poetry by Connie Phillips The Society January 4, 2019 Beauty, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 14 Comments Dirty Hands on Communism’s evil specter The evil specter’s dirty hands Have soiled the windows to the world. It’s smeared them with the blood and tears Of millions killed throughout the years. The evil specter’s vicious lies Have spoiled the children of the world. It’s pierced their brains, destroying faiths And rendering them hollow wraiths. The evil specter’s crumbling house Is such an eyesore in the world, It’s harboring a discontent That shelters hate and ill intent. Communism’s evil ghost Still lives, and morphs throughout the world. From socialist to modernist Mankind’s traditions are dismissed. The evil specter’s usurped God And wants control of all the world. To lure pure hearts is its desire, And burn their souls in demon fire. The evil specter’s twisted face Will be exposed for all the world, And windows all will be washed clean— A retribution never seen. Be Free “I need,” “I want,” “I wish”… desire — The hunger burns inside, like fire. To profit, gain, amass, acquire: This seems to be all we require. God gives us each just what we need To live the life we’re meant to lead— No competition, sans the greed. If we have faith, we can succeed. Have patience, kindness, honesty, And give to others lovingly. Compassion truly is life’s key: Unlock your heart, and you’ll be free. Connie Phillips is a former English teacher and editor living in Massachusetts. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 14 Responses Joan Erickson January 4, 2019 Great poems! Strong – great endings to both. Wow! Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 HI Joan, Thanks very much! Reply James Sale January 4, 2019 Thanks Connie: yes, I agree, compassion is the key, or at least one of them, that breaks down the emotional and mental strait-jackets of false ideologies. Really enjoyed your poems. Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 Thank you, James. I appreciate your comments! Reply David Hollywood January 4, 2019 Two poems of great conviction and strength. Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 Thanks very much, David! Reply David Paul Behrens January 4, 2019 Beautiful, heartfelt and meaningful. Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 Thank you, David, for your kind words! Reply David Watt January 5, 2019 These poems each convey a forceful message very well. “Be Free” sums up the essence of what is actually important in life. Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 Thanks, David. Glad you liked them 🙂 Reply E. V. January 5, 2019 Both poems are excellent! Reply connie phillips January 5, 2019 Thank you very much, E.V. 🙂 Reply Monty January 5, 2019 My feelings for these poems, Connie, have been adequately summed-up in two words from an above commenter: two poems of conviction and strength. I’ve just donned a bullet-proof vest before writing the following sentence . . . Given my own personal view on world-history in the last 500-odd years, the mischief in me couldn’t help noticing that if one were to subtract all the ‘evil specter’ terms from the 1st poem; and swap the word ‘communism’ for ‘capitalism’ . . the poem could easily refer to the combination of Britain and America. Fire away, everyone . . Reply Joseph S. Salemi January 7, 2019 The problem (here in the United States, at least) is that too many stupid people are still voting Democratic. And today, the Democrat party is essentially Communism with a Smiley-face button. Reply Leave a Reply to connie phillips Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.