Political Arena

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“Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
        Do you judge the people fairly?
     No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
        your hands deal out violence on earth.
     People will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
        Surely there is a God who judges the earth.” ~ Psalm 58:1-2,11

The gods of the land
gather in their marble councils
weighing the needs of the people
weighing the rights of the people
who should be above the laws
who should be beneath

Those clad in crimson
insist each man is on his own
let free markets be unregulated
capitalism brings its own cures
lower the taxes of the wealthy
The poor will always be

Those clad in marine
pursue the welfare of the state
let liberties belong equally to all
let prosperity belong to workers
tax wealth as a cure for poverty
By diversity discovery

Like champion teams
the gods do battle in the arena
gaining a few yards on one cause
sacrificing a few yards in another
meanwhile the nation ponders
if there’s a God or not


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 Political Arena

  1. nicely framed – but in the end, a plaintive whistle in the washington wind


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