We the People

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Paul Klee

Where the revolutionary
Where the masses singing
Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
in the face of the new world
re`aligning itself east & west
the west with all its excesses
the east with all its fanatics
Why should we really care
so long as we have Soma?

When freedom devolves
into I can do what I want!
equality easily morphs into
I don’t want you living here!
Where then is brother`hood?
Where then our sister`hood?
A society self`obsessed will
choose a self`obsessed god
Ought we to be surprised?

We the People so it began
before Individualism’s day
when I stopped caring how
much you had to pay in rent
if your kids had lunch money
that you slept on the streets
after you lost your good job
your house was foreclosed 
and We didn’t even notice

“The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish . . .
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.” ~ W.H. Auden

Auden’s complete poem September 1, 1939 can be found at https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/september-1-1939


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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9 Responses to We the People

  1. packs a wallop – utterly brilliant


  2. rivrvlogr says:

    What surprised me the most about November’s outcome was the attraction across “class” of the fear mongering rhetoric that was spewed (and continues), with each class rationalizing the voice in their ear. I have to wonder if even Huxley seriously thought it would get this far. That soma will have to be pretty potent to get them to ignore the administrations actions, as they unfold.


  3. ebbtide says:

    thank you for this!


  4. but I’m pretty certain you still care…


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