Slouching Towards Oligarchy (Poem-A-Day 22)

Thomas NastToday is a Tuesday, and you know what that means: Two for Tuesday Prompts! Write one, write the other, and/or write both!

  • Write an optimistic poem. The glass is half full.
  • Write a pessimistic poem. The glass is half empty.

Slouching Towards Oligarchy

There is hope yet
Despite corporations
Spending untold money
On other corporations
To manipulate the masses
Which the Supreme Court
Rationalized as speech

Despite the minority
Withdrawing rights
From the majority

Despite the hyper-rich
Withdrawing money
From the country

Despite all this
There is hope yet

The centre cannot hold
When it goes hungry

And the 1% of the 1%
Have let so few crumbs fall
The rough beast is awakening
After eight decades
Of stony sleep

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About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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