The Snap of the Olive Branch

At the snap of the olive branch
do not talk of emotional bluntness
do not talk of retribution
do not talk of bitterness
even where there are brains
flooded by endless spite
and actions driven by malice.

For at the snap of the olive branch
there is a rejection of goodwill
and a sense of impending discord
that causes a closing of the throat
which threatens despair
engendered by the
intransigence of others.

It is the snap of the olive branch
that signifies the sadness
of misunderstanding
or the refusal to mediate,
confer, consult, debate
or understand in others
the desire for accord.

The snap of the olive branch
will lead others to wonder
why an offer of peace
can be seen as ever so futile,
the rejection of which
is caused by the power
of ego to obscure sanity and reason.

At the snap of the olive branch
a teardrop that has been
resting in the corner of an eye
dislodges in a gentle breeze,
yet the snap of the olive branch
will not destroy hope
or deter the future push
to Panglossian power.

Henry Bladon is a writer of short fiction and poetry based in Somerset in the UK. He has degrees in psychology and mental health policy and a PhD in literature and creative writing. His work can be seen in Potato Soup Journal, Forth Magazine, Mercurial Stories, Asylum Magazine, Tuck Magazine and Spillwords Press, among other places. Read other articles by Henry.