To read Rousseau partakes in history
A personal and public insurrection
Gives society a new direction
And everything is better than it was
When sensibility’s allowed to rule
No one is left behind to play the fool
One soul so sensitive began the movement
A boomerang for everyone’s improvement
A long time reason reigned and overbore
The will of nature beauteous and bold
Wild impulse of a passion never told
Revolts against the head till many rolled
The bloody revolution made us pause
How worthy was the insurrection’s cause
Can headless bodies navigate our fate
Or heads without a body guide us straight?
2 thoughts on “Insurrection”
I particularly like the last two lines of this poem–unexpected and startling, but upon reflection, inevitable.
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Thanks Liz. The idea comes from a story by D H Lawrence, “The Prussian Officer.” One of his better ones.
Have a nice evening.