Destruction of the Media Empire by Dustin Pickering
originally appears in lastbench North American edition
SATIRICAL LINES IN IMITATION OF Destruction of the Bastille BY COLERIDGE
As we listen to the talking heads now,
we cower in doubt against their boasting.
Today’s news stories are the language of the sow
and Donald Trump is barbecue roasting.
Pigs anonymous grate in grub—
Russiagate is the toe to stub
against our immediate past
formulated by false newscasts.
Breaking point is reached and we are seeing
all the nakedness politics of our being.
Billionaires are envy’s lot in process
as American oligarchs control
the deep state of affairs of which we’re blessed.
Darkness rallies against the country’s soul.
The EPA fails its mission
leaving us to our decisions.
After Flint’s water proved sickly
and the economy trickly,
corruption needs a display in full,
but the left is weak and accustomed to its rule.
So we cull up truth as the voting base to
unveil our sorrows as dreamers do.
Immigrants are left to fight for their race
as we hear presidents before did rue.
Obama did the same enact
against the moving people’s tract—
yet we hear only of Trump crimes
against human rights ours divine.
What hypocrisy stains this country’s faith
when it suddenly sees its face as time’s wraith?
Power is its full regalia now—
Donald Trump reveals the true strategy
of political pandering in plow,
sowing the seeds of humanity’s plea.
Should America liberate
Syria from Assad’s vile State?
We are the strongest on the globe
but what do we first need to know?
Will American ideals stay their course?…
Or will we compromise our world for the worse?
Very interesting mix of rhymed metered verse and modern political observations. I think the poet could edit further to eliminate archaic phrasing and to strive for clarity. But the piece certainly offers insights beyond the zombie norm
Lovely crisp and sharp composition