Senryū 29 Feb 2016

Barely has the dawn

Cracked… And the day’s off racing

To a dusky close.

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Remember Humility!

Why should I curb my caustic tongue

When seeing all the damage done

By all your fears and monstrous greed

Harming those in dire need?

All so you can gather more

To bank away so far off-shore

Lest someone else, who has a soul

Exact from you too high a toll

Jeopardizing some distant dream

In which you finally become the cream

Rising high atop the rest

Like life is just some kind of test

To judge just who the worthy are

For us to worship from afar?

Now listen here! You’re just man!

I’ll never be your fawning fan

Nor will I censor bitter word

When faced with statement so absurd

That none with eyes and open mind

Could, therein, some logic find.

And if, by chance, you take offense 

Because I choose to look for sense,

Before you sigh, express lament

About the “fools” you represent,

Remember you’re no mighty king 

Unto whom we peasants sing,

It’s your desire, oh so fervent

To be elected, OUR public servant!

Pablum for the Multitude

Like Ben Franklin’s fish,

Political punditry

Really starts to smell

With their vile agenda to sell.

Why should we let them serve that dish?

Drive our country straight to hell?

We should pitch them down a well!

Wouldn’t that be rich?

Yank our nation from the ditch!

Buy us peace? Who can tell.

Arrest your heartless banditry;

Don’t hawk that pap. It’s not for me.