wanna play….

the brown bag prophet
and
several of his cronies
were in the city park
playing
political-guess-who
the prophet
said
clue #1
deliberately and repeatedly
abuses the rights of citizens
there was
a deafening silence
that
followed the first clue
which
is understandable
given
the conditions in many countries
these days
clue#2
systematically represses
and
 criminalizes opposition parties
all the while
encouraging the use
of
force
against demonstrators
and
the press
once again
there was nothing but silence
also
not too surprising
given
conditions in the arab world
and
beyond into africa
clue #3
aspires illegitimately
to usurp
the constitutional role
of
democratically elected officials
rewrite the constitution
and
impose an authoritarian regime on the people
another useless clue
given
this pandemic characteristic
of
governments
these days
clue # 4
has mismanaged the economy
and
engaged in systemic corruption
as well as
refused to provide
humanitarian aid
finally it hit me
oh for god’s sake people
it’s maduro
the prophet
turned
and
said
clue # 5
think closer to home

 

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