We the People

 Pablo Picasso

We’re a nation
of angular states
Little curvature to
our hard boundaries
The people’s chins
carved as of iron
Marlboro men

We are states
of angular cities
drawn on the grid
Avenues and Streets
the Guineas there
the Swedes here
tracks between

We’re a people
of angular roots
from some place
we can’t remember
except for habits
we won’t forget

is what we do
by angular laws
written & enforced
by our citizenry
lest the tyrant
own us again

“I heard about the Government
      and I went out to find it. I said
         I would look closely at it when I saw it.
   Then I saw a policeman dragging
         a drunken man to a callaboose.
   It was the government in action.” ~ Carl Sandburg, ‘Government’


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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5 Responses to We the People

  1. great poem – love the imagery, and the quote


  2. marvelous – (my favorite work by Sandburg is his 6 volume Lincoln bio)


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