how democracy died…

2023 house agenda

small infected cut
not visible to the eye
but soon it’s poison
entered the body’s blood stream
shutting down vital organs

2023 house of representatives’ agenda…

2023 house agenda

now
be advised
that
it takes a lot
of
time
to do nothing
well
nothing but
obstruct others
from
doing
what’s right
lord knows
being so divisive
creating
national hostility
between
lifelong friends
and
neighbors
is going to be
quite time consuming
that’s why
i’ll
never have time
to
do my job
oh
i know there
are
a few folks
out there
hoping that my
all-consuming fund raising
and
hell-raising behaviors
should be stopped
and
i should turn
my attention
to
national and international
issues
that directly
affect the lives
of
my constituents
and
i would
seriously
consider
those alternative positive actions
but
i just won’t
have
time

 

 

death certificate requirement…

death certificate requirement

as we cycled by
a corpse
had been placed
by
the side of the road
it needed to
be counted
by
an official
who
could not
arrive
today
so
the body
was placed outside
of
the village
that
would facilitate
the count
tomorrow
since
the official
could
just drive by
to enter it
into
the records
then
the body
could be buried
afterwards
that
reminded me
of
how we vote
in this country
placing the body
of
freedom
on the side of
the road
of
personal gain
not realizing
our children
will have
to
bury the body

some nasty scars…

malpractice

beneath the layers
of red white and blue fabric
are some serious wounds
that have not completely healed
and though they are kept concealed
they’re ever-present
oozing an infectious hate
into the bloodstream
of even those not yet born
part of their inheritance
an inheritance
of denied national crimes
covered over with
the fabric of myths and lies
revisions to history
protection rewrites
turning criminals into
national martyrs
while the true martyrs that died
are ignored cuz it’s bad press
the founding fathers
started this whole mess so it’s
not too surprising
scars are deeply embedded
into the nation’s body
what’s most upsetting
is it appears that gangrene’s
in the nation’s mind
those once thought to be insane
now are heralded as leaders
surely this maddness
is a harbinger of death
the death of freedom
and of all our aspirations
for a true democracy

 

 

response to ransom note…

ransom note2

if one breaks the law
the law must be enforced
if not there’s no law
we cannot let mobs rule us
for then democracy dies

 

 

a den of thieves…

life's garment

the edges
of
the dream
have frayed
the finely
woven stories
of
youth
have
not
held up
over time
the rough surfaces
of
reality
have worn away
the protective
layers
of
myths
and
the religious strands
of
those
gospel weavers
and
preachers
who
now stand
indistinct
from
the sinners
they
warned
us
of
their robes
now bare
clear marks
of
truth’s whip
and
their hands
are dirtied
from
the coins
gathered
from
the temple floor
money changers
now
tell weavers
how
to run
the looms

just some old news…

just some old news

breaking news
cold
blooded murder
under
confusion’s cover
government sanctioned
hate crime
just
another
reporter’s assassination
to
be
added to
the
weekly homicide
statistics
these data
will be collated
and
used to prepare
a monthly report
names
family affiliations
and
life history
of
victims
will be stripped away
for
the sake
of
economy
final results
will be
used
for
an annual report
initial analysis suggests
that
each death
has eroded
freedom
and
democracy
bringing
each
to the brink
of
extinction
when
the final report
is approved
by
committee
a summary
will be printed
and
distributed
to
concerned parties
or
converted to
a digital format
breaking news
citizens
are outraged
with
increases
in
the cost
of
living

where were you when the lights went off…

where were you when the lights went out

save your platitudes
there’ll be no raising the dead
from hope’s shallow grave
your words are dead dry flowers
on humanity’s warm blood
something to make you feel good
your words cannot heal
bloodied wounds of human flesh
nor suture the souls
ripped apart by promises
to support democracy
but bookkeepers rule the roost
so as often said
save your breath for future lies
reach into your purse
and place some copper pennies
on the eyes of all those who
trusted in your empty words

bicameral…

bicameral

deserted chambers
the walls destroyed from within
believe in nothing
for traitors are everywhere
they’ll say some comforting words
while stealing your life’s freedom