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Promised Brand (Rider)
© September 4, 2007, Roy Stucky

The rain is like a leaping dog
Bounding off the slab.
Its tugging tongue has wet my cuff
While running for a cab.

The out to in is uncontrolled
And pumps me full of doubt.
My subterranean senses slack
Once I'm inside looking out.

I want
To be a rider,
A divider of authority
To choose my route.
I want
To be a rider,
Insider -
My ship of state
Needs someone else to guide her
Into the Promised Brand.

The city's turned into the head
Of a thousand flashing streams.
My window thinks my breath
Is made of steam.

Some Hades holes are drinking down
A flow distressingly like cream.
Life-show softened to a haze
Like some film director's dream.

I want
To be a rider,
A divider of authority
To choose my route.
I want
To be a rider,
Insider -
My ship of state
Needs someone else to guide her
Into the Promised Brand.

The land lays strange
And I am tired.
Another can be hired
To lead the way.
Suspicion remains
But fatigue overrules
Ghosts in my brain
Where strangers are ghouls.

I want
To be a rider,
Leave providers of a service
To choose my route.
I want
To be a rider,
Insider -
Cast my weary trust
Where someone else can guide her
Into the Promised Brand.

 


Catching a cab one rainy night is the external image. The concept is that when you hand over control of your journey, you may not arrive at your intended destination. When circumstances combine with fatigue, surrendering control to a hireling looks oh so inviting.

If we accept our culture's materialistic value core, then our freedom shrinks from the Promised Land, a place of covenant, to a Promised Brand, a headwater of consumer goods, and a mark burned on cattle.

 


Quotations

"In mature life, the world overlays and varnishes us ...; the thousand proprieties and polished finenesses and grimaces intervene ...; then, we, as it were, abdicate ourselves, and take unto us another self ...; in youth we are, ... but in age we seem."
Herman Melville

 


Bibliography

God (forever and ever)
The Holy Bible

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Pierre (1852)