like looking for an honest politician..

like looking for an honest politician

the brown bag prophet
said
as he
entered
a local tavern
i’m
gonna find
myself
a new lover
someone
who’ll
ignore
these wrinkles
and
gray hairs
in the sink
someone
to pour my wine
and
not whine
’bout
what
i forgot
to do
today
or
yesterday
as
the case
may be
yes
someone
to warm
my bed
and not
bother
my head
willing to rub
these old bones
without
a requirement
of passion
saying
i’ll love you
always
guess
i’ll be
sleeping alone
again
tonight

carefully measured…

carefully measured

each word
and
phrase
crafted by
the finest
wordsmiths
no denial
of wrong doing
one
must avoid
lawsuits
brought on
by momentary
bouts of the truth
such
remorseful words
hurt the bottom line
and mean
a loss of revenue
so
best to avoid
any statements
that could be construed
as an admission
to something
which was
our fault
it’s best
to pin it on
fate
or
an act of god
that’s
a safe one
even the courts
buy into that
as a justifiable
excuse
for
ineptitude
maybe
we should
get the government
to give more tax dollars
to the churches
since
they’re god’s agent
and
they’re cheaper
than legislators
oh it
doesn’t matter
in the end
people
forget
in ten years
and
in ten years
we’ll be
retired

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go on down…

copyright cwmartin 2012

go on down
to jordan
go wading
in the water
wade away
your sins
wash them
so clean
that heaven’s gates
will open
just for you
when
that
sweet chariot
comes swinging low
low enough
to trouble
the water
now
don’t you
go getting concerned
cuz ‘
government folks
ain’t there
to see you rise
from the ashes
of life’s tribulation
they’re busy
busy
as usual
washing
the blood
of the poor
off their hands

they’re back…

aunt bea
was taking
on the phone
to aunt liz
about
spiritual things
reincarnation
of all things
well
she said
that in the past
she had had
her doubts
but now
she was totally
convinced
that reincarnation
was real
how else
can one explain
the snake oil sales
approach
of government

bring in the clowns…

political flimflam man
has got
a song
for you
each
word
was written
with you
in mind
not one line
says a thing
but
sounds
as if
it does
there’s no doublespeak
no speak
at all
carefully colored
with emotions
they’re
cotton candy words
so
hurry
hurry
hurry

to the big top circus
of government
where death
for the very young
is not defied
but
part of the act

the shell game…

a simple game
of chance
three shells
legislative
judicial
executive
we’ll place them
right here
on flat political surface
now keep your eyes
on that little thing
called democracy
as the hands of greed
and self-interest
move the shells
from left to right
and right to left
depending upon
the shell man’s whim
just a little political shuffling
here and there
to make the game seem fair
now
let see
how confident
you
really are
about where
your freedom lies
are you willing
to bet
your
life