07 October 2015

About Arms


'Right Shoulder, Arm, and Hand' by Thomas Eakins.JPG


If you disarm
will you be arm less
and have to feed yourselves
with a fork between your toes?
Will you be broke then, broken, bashed
and battered beyond recognition with
the rest of the poor under-employed?
If you disarm, will you be disarming?
or will you have lost your ability
to charm and hoodwink,
look powerful and
wield images
both arms
circling
in air?



Posted at Poets United Poetry Pantry #273
The photo is "Right Shoulder, Arm, and Hand" by Thomas Eakins, 1880, photo by Wmpearl 


Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



19 comments:

humbird said...

What a thought provoking 'diamond' poem! Love your playing with 'disarm'. Sure, peace and love!

brudberg said...

I think this is very clever.. I think I can accept being disarmed in one way but not in other.

Gillena Cox said...

Quite a bomb dropped in shape, thought and rhetoric, amazing poem!
Have a nice Sunday Susan
Much love...

Mary said...

I would say this is quite a commentary on the political arena. There is a lot of hoodwinking going on, neither charming nor disarming.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I especially like, "If you disarm, will you be disarming?" I so wish every nation was disarming, Hope would do a happy dance!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is such a strong & thought provoking piece..!
Beautifully executed!

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Old Egg said...

I have always been charmed to be disarmed by pretty faces. However being so that makes me vulnerable to their wiles. There is so much more in your poem, a darker side, recognition perhaps that you cannot have an upper class making money without the underdogs struggling to survive and worse. Sadly we think like individuals and are happy so long as we are not them.

Loredana Donovan said...

The diamond shape of the poem is really creatiive ~ and so is the play on words on arms and disarming ~ clever.

Truedessa said...

Strong picture poetry and I wonder if you disarm will you be armless? That is a strong image..

Anonymous said...

That's very meaningful wordplay...

Sumana Roy said...

love your title and play on arms / disarming....peace on earth...an amazing poem...

Unknown said...

Wonderful form to this and such clever, meaningful word play...hayes Spencer is Kanzensakura

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A witty (but not funny) expression of a very serious question!

dsnake1 said...

wonderful play of words! much to ponder.
loved this shape poem. :)

Locomente said...

This made me stop and think..
Well done!

Jae Rose said...

A clever poem - in a different way I can empathise with the threat of loss of limb - frankly another way can always be found as the mind tends to be stronger than the limits of the body - which indeed your poem so wonderfully suggests

Anonymous said...

Wonderful word play and makes a whole lot of sense,

Elizabeth

Natašek said...

love the outline of the poem and the idea.

Gen Giggles said...

Insightful and rather dark.