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The Pounding Fist

A poem against dictatorship

By Michelle LiewPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
The Pounding Fist
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A person with an iron fist is one of the hardest to like in this world. Few people can accept dictatorship.

We all run into people and superiors with a "my way or the highway" attitude. They do so out of insecurity and a need for power. 

Managing people with a misplaced need for power over another human being is tricky. One needs a lot of composure. There is a need to establish common ground. One must also know when to disengage, redirect conversations, and encourage collaboration.

It's difficult to prevent the iron fist from swinging, but here's a start. Enjoy this sonnet. 

The iron fist that swings with force

Pounds, vigour not needed

Forges ahead with calls to pause

Cries to stop unheeded

To hold the swing, a task complex

Requires unending calm

Even then, it still reacts

Swaying unbridled arm

Momentum of swing, a second's wane

To get the swing to stop

A moment comes to ease the pain

And halt the pounding rock

Fist pushed away art to deflect

Still harder art to reconnect. 


About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great poem! Stand up! 💙

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