Thursday, May 8, 2008

Poetry by J-Ray

Angels, Daemons, and Giants

Giants are ordinary men
But will the world remember them as angels?
Or Daemons?

There are those who strive to do good
To do the best job they can
To do what they believe is right.
Few in number,
Their wings concealed
And wielding great power
Empowered by those they are sworn to serve
With no written obligation at all.

These human angels
Were once ordinary men.
None were born to shake the earth
They hat to find the tremors within themselves,
Like a treasure that is steadily unearthed with each shovelful taken away,
The trove within the hearts of men grows as they dig deeper.
Many of their shovels are named
Gumption, says one.
Chutzpah, says another.
Determination says a third
And Will, says a fourth.

The toils of the outside world are trivial
But their battle within the earth with a spade
Will last a lifetime.
There are also daemons
Who work the same earth.
Their horns are concealed,
And though few in number,
They swell by making slaves of lesser men.
The bearers of malice are powered too by those they swear to serve
So that they may serve only themselves.

Small wonder it is when they dig in the earth
With spades named strife
And death
They can dig to find their treasure more quickly than others
But they find themselves wanting more
Never satisfied with small heads of Caesar
Or old pirates dubloons.
They toss them away with the dirt.
They man digging next to him cries out in anguish
But rejoices when he finds his fortunes have multiplied.

Some men dig forever
Hitting rocks that destroy their shovels
Excavating until their hands are blistered,
Their backs stooped.
Still, they find nothing.
But in the deepest crevasse of that which bore us
These men will find the greatest reward.

At times when men become frustrated
And their grip on the spade of greed becomes so tight
Their spade becomes a sword
And their horns are revealed
As this man the daemon threatens his neighbour.
His neighbour with only a shovel named Will.
A tail lashes and eyes burn with rage
As the daemon demands his treasure
For the daemon is poor
Having passed up what wealth of treasure he had
Looking for something that wasn't there.

The man with a shovel named Will refuses
So spade and sword are unleashed.
Sparks fly and dirt is thrown
As blood is spilt
By the man with the sword.
A shovel named Will lunges left and right
Protecting those around him from being bloodied
The angel receives cuts of his own in reward.

In the end, the shovel named Will gives of his master
All that he has to give.
But the people he protects
Become better for it.

For the daemon finds himself without wealth
Because not evil men, but the world at large receives the riches of angels
And the blood spilt by daemons
While daemons inherit the riches of none.

Giants are ordinary men with spades
Purchased with blood
Or gold.
And it is by this that they leave behind
That the world remembers giants as angels
Or daemons.


~Julia said...

I have to say, I really like the line and idea that daemons 'swell by making slaves of lesser men.' ^.^ I never realized (till I started reading you're blog) that you were so good at poetry. Have you ever read these to someone? Overall, a terrific analogy...

J-Ray said...

Yes actually, I read some of the better ones from time to time at my school's poetry open mic once a month. The best one so far has been "Pound". That one went over really well.