Richelieu, or: the Conspiracy

Sword dripping with foes' dark ink
Pens mightier words

d’Verse Open Link Night

I am sharing this poem for d’Verse OLN #313.

This is a senryu that I wrote back in August ’20, a few months after launching this blog. The words came to me as I was lying down to sleep, and I worried that I might not remember them in the morning… so I got out of bed and turned my laptop back on.

The concept for this poem was inspired by a timeless quote:

“Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 – 1873)

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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