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Between What's Black and White
The Chauffeur by Marillion
 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Poetry
  Posted: February 5, 2008      Views: 377
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Marillion is David Nelson Bradsher, a self-constructed Byronic Hero (or Zero), flawed but well-meaning, simple but paradoxical, and still a work in progress.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1989 with a B - more...

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A man delivers one inspiring speech
after another, and the nation's keys
are fished from pockets, tossed and, near his reach,
they hang and jangle in the shifting breeze.

Election Day: a driver takes the wheel.
One passenger becomes the State Chauffeur.
Peeling away from curbs, the tires squeal,
and he accelerates. The engine's purr

goes to a jackal's chatter, harsh, intense.
The car careens off course and plows afield,
then crashes through an old, forbidding fence
that was, by time (and purpose), long concealed.

This way is new: a thicket, overgrown,
a mass admittance to the wild unknown.

The book continues with The Sagging Flag. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

Author Notes
Lines 2 and 7 have metrical substitutions to begin the lines. Note the trochaic (DA-da) emphasis rather than the iambic (da-DA). This is done to give the word more weight. Some readers don't care for the why's and how's, but this is for those who want to open up the sonnet and realize the method to the madness. Thanks for reading.
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