On Trusting Princes

Jan Richardson paintedprayerbook.com

Jan Richardson paintedprayerbook.com

The human spirit
   is meant to be free
It abhors every tyranny
   as it does any tomfoolery
politics masked as democracy
The demagogue’ll say anything
to get you to buy into his brand
though all he sells is snake oil
   social security less taxation
field labor less immigration
   free trade in isolation
and full employment

Watch the candidate
   tickle the voter’s ear
Feeding into all his fears
   of the Muslim the Hispanic
of the Others Black Brown White
all while swearing he’ll represent all
until the lights dim the camera gone
we see he represents but himself
   and his corporate bankers
in whose interest it will be
   to seduce democracy
into dull complacency

“Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.” ~ Psalm 146:3-4

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to On Trusting Princes

    • Hey, they’re there on the Right and on the Left and have a well`worn path in between!

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      • indeed there are – and a pox on both their houses – and the litanies you expressed are public policy issues that have all become partisan flashpoints that both parties demagogue to the point of harming the nation – with both parties being trenchantly opposed to each other on every issue – btw, corps are people like me (officers, employees, and investors) which corps have also consistently done more to raise the American standard of living than any public sector organs

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  1. rivrvlogr says:

    Corporations are people, too!
    (or so we’re told)

    Like

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