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

 

please select one…

 

of the following items
please
indicate
which
one
constitutes a national emergency
item 1
1 in 5 children
going to bed
hungry
everyday
item 2
having the highest
first-day death rate
in
the industrial world
item 3
providing services
to
260,000 veterans
diagnosed
with traumatic brain injury
item 4
addressing the needs
of
the 40+ million people
living below
the poverty level
item 5
preventing
the daily
20 suicides by veterans
item 6
building
a 15 – 25 billion dollar wall
because
of
an
i-want-it syndrome

 

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