The Politicians | A Poem of Social Commentary

The Politicians



Stone cold hearts

they wear on their sleeves,

Proudly polished with the snake oil of hypocrisy,

Thinly veiled

in a cascade of lies.



Their only care to

deceive, corrupt,

and claim

All the goods, the riches,

the power--for themselves.



Long forgotten or ignored

are the hard-won battles

Our forefathers fought

Against

just such as these.



© 6-13-15 C.E. Elias
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© 2015 DzyMsLizzy

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whonunuwho 18 months ago from United States

Truth is hard to come by, yet you have managed very well. Nice message. whonu


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

How true but sad.


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ whonunuwho - Thank you verymuch for the compliment. I'm glad you liked the poem

@ FlourishAnyway - Yes, indeed, how very sadly true. :-( Thanks for stopping by.


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I love the last stanza. So true...so sad....I am so fed up with politics right now. This is the worst I can remember seeing. I just don't feel as though most politicians are working for the people.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

So true, Liz. It's a crying shame, too.


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ billybuc - Agreed; most politicians these days are but paid shills for the mega-corporations and their over-paid executives. I have a t-shirt that reads "Proud to be an American." I refuse to wear it in public anymore--it has been banished for use as pajamas only. And that makes me both sad and angry.

@ bravewarrior - Yes, indeed, it is. If only we could get the majority of Americans to WAKE UP, and vote these greedy, immoral, obstructive clowns out of office, perhaps we could get our country back.


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

I can remember, Liz, a long, long time ago, when serving in politics appeared to be an honorable profession, but in today's world it seems to be a fast track to personal aggrandizement at the expense of the people.

With so few words, you said it, m'dear, so well!


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi there, drbj!

Yes indeed! Nowadays, it seems that being selfish, greedy, bigoted, and a pathological liar are all pre-requisites for public office! Grrrr

Thanks so very much for your nice comment; glad you liked my poetic rant. ;)


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

Power in a small package. You say so much in this short poem. Great job!


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thanks very much, MsDora; I'm delighted you liked it so well.


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The Examiner-1 18 months ago

Well, I have never followed politics so I did not understand that at all. I still pinned it though.


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

LOL, Kevin--your wit is showing. Thanks for the pin!


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

MsLizzy, you are so spot on, but we must keep on voting for the ones that are the least rotten and throw out the worst of the worst as best we can. I have heard an old saying: "You can't be a doormat, unless you lie down and let THEM walk on you." So...unless we put our foot down, they will put theirs down on me and you.

Voted up, UAI and shared.

Blessings MSLizzy

Shyron


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi Shyron!

You are so correct! Yet I fear for the future of our country, when so many people have become SO digusted and discouraged that they no longer vote at all. That is a surefire recipe for disaster. Nothing gives the power freaks control faster than voter apathy.

Thanks so very much for your insightful comment, votes and share!


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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England

And oh so very true Lizzy! its the same over here, blah blah can you vote for me because I will tell the truth, etc then they get in and totally do the opposite! you hit the nail on the head! nice one, nell


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Nell!

Yes, I do believe most, if not all, politicians are cut from the same cloth. (I intended to be clever, there, and not use that old cliche, but my brain failed me. LOL)

Glad you liked this bit of verse! Thanks very much.


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annart 17 months ago from SW England

Not just in America! I'm fed up with our politicians who keep promising the earth and delivering not even a grain of sand. Shame there is none with integrity, at least none that continues past the first post.

I hope enough people make a stand against these corrupt figures and manage to change the approach, but I fear my hope is in vain.

Great poem, Lizzy.

Ann


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DzyMsLizzy 17 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

So sadly true, Ann--I wish there were some way to inject some basic human compassion into these yay-hoos!

I'm most pleased you so liked the poem. Thank you.

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