On Democracy

Brenda York  artspan.com

Brenda York       artspan.com

America gathers
at the National Park
for the quadrennial contest
to see who gets to be its leader
The two massive teams will
face off Red vs Blue
across the chasm
full of mud

Each team
holds one rope
in the Tug`of`War
each trying to pull the other
into the filthy swamp of the pit
filled by a year campaigning
all to win the rope
hold the power
over policy

The Captain
of the Red team
is a brute of a man
who motivates his followers
by demeaning insult & bravado
Past greatness is his promise
tho his own history’s
dubious at best
mostly myth

The Captain
of the Blue team
is a woman of steel
her voice like a serrated edge
stops diplomats in their tracks
Her promise future greatness
not only for the few
but for the many
mostly dreams

The teams
are gathering
now on the hilltops
Armies clad in their Red & Blue
ready for the fateful day of battle
And you & I will soon join them
donning a uniform
hand to rope
Heave Ho!

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” ~ Marie Curie


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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2 Responses to On Democracy

  1. John says:

    ‘hand to rope’ Let go! I’m thinking by this evening when this nasty election is finally over and we can get on with things that really matter.


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