Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 7 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
Life Arts   

The Riding Lesson

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Message Vi Ransel

The Riding Lesson

The apex
of the population pyramid
is surmounted by the privileged,
straddled there
while the rest of us
are saddled
with them.

As they gaze down
with an exquisite contempt
born of their own dependence
and displaced on the
who support them,
they do their best to forget
the extent of their dependence
on the benevolence
of the numbers in their scaffold,
who can decide
at any time
the free ride
is over,
uncinch the saddle,
walk out from
and allow them
the privilege
of supporting themselves.

"...the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs,
nor a favored few booted and spurred ready to ride them legitimately
by the grace of God."  -  Thomas Jefferson


Rate It | View Ratings

Vi Ransel Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Superior Force

Class War in America, the Ongoing Assault

pro invidia

The Rape Room

Worship of Eostre

Where the Wild Things Are

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend