with apologies to karl…

 

since
i was late
for work
i made
a mad dash
across
the park lawn
unfortunately
someone
had not
followed
the city ordinance
about
picking up
after your dog
i believe
i used language
appropriate
for the event
as
it happened
the brown bag prophet
had
witnessed
and
heard
the entire
nonsensical drama
he gave
a wry smile
and
said
i read
that
all events are
blessings
given
to us
to
learn from
i with
a more than
irritated tone
inquired
and
what
might the lesson be
he said
well
just view the whole thing
as
a metaphor
for
where we are
with
the current
government

 

pay-for-slay…

 

the brown bag prophet
was holding up
a sign
that said
let’s do pay-for-slay too
and yes
once again
i was compelled
to
inquire
why
the prophet said
well
we give billions
to
israel
and
other countries
so
if we really want
the killing
to
stop
we’ll deduct
from
those funds
for
each
innocent life
taken
of course
given
the number of deaths
already this year
some countries
will owe
us
money

 

sing along with your own words…

 

lord knows
i ain’t
heard
this song before
deadly force
justified
for
women
and
children
to
protect
well armed men
from
their terrorist tears
tis
my country
where the hell
is
the liberty
and
the justice
for all
a land
stolen
by immigrants
now
rejects
immigrants
to defend
against
someone
from stealing
jobs
they don’t want
or
need
all encouraged
by
a draft dodger
who feigned
injuries
hell
to the chief
and
i mean
that
literally

 

for the good of the country…

 

trickle
down
honesty
and as
necessary
outright
lies and denial
there’s
no need
in
respecting
oaths
sworn on a book
regardless
of
its symbolism
to
society
although
such
sentimental thinking
is
taught in schools
it’s
rarely practice
in
the real world
we
have
to accept
all the shades
of
black
that define
the world
of
politics
people dying
for
the uncommon good
is
just how
the rich
get
richer
fantasies
of
freedom
and
justice for all
are
merely
promotionals
not
to be
taken
seriously
which most
americans
apparently
have grown
to accept
given
their
voting record
these days

 

interrogation gone wrong…

 

24
saudi assassins
at
my door
i
wonder
what’s in store
for
me
will i have my knees
when
they are gone
or
will the dawn
find
me
kneeless
or
worse yet
breathless

 

as you were…

 

it’s
a free market
those children
torn
from
their parents’ arms
are
commodities
made in
the
usa
an
adoption bonanza
for
sex slave dealers
a business
only
interrupted
briefly
by
public outrage
but
the media’s
gone
and
public concern
is
on
monday night football
so
dealers
as you were
did anyone
really care
about
those black children
murdered
by
the police
when
even
the president
says
he could kill someone
and
the american public
would
forgive
and
forget
no doubt
with the claim
of
fake news
so
officers
as you were
oh
and
mentioning denials
have you heard
the one about
where 15 saudi assassins
enter a consulate
and
only
they
come out
saying
what murder
but
they have no fear
for
the path was clearly
outlined
by
the us president
whose
outrage
over the event
has lasted
as long as
his tweets
so
assassins
as you were
and
one cannot
have such a verse
without
mentioning
for
you to forget
the
weekly
target practice
israeli soldiers
take
on
palestinian children
world outrage
with
a flurry of words
but
in the end
soldiers
as you were
should
i
mention
starving children
here
and
abroad
diseased ravaged bodies
from
war
and
natural worldwide disasters
oh
probably not
your
favorite
podcast
or
roman colosseum type event
is
certainly
due to begin
so
as you were

 

 

“As you were” is a standard military command. It means, literally, “[return] to your previous posture”.