Sunday, February 7, 2016

At the Barber Shop

I went to get a haircut
a trim, please, just above the ears
and don't forget to taper the back
I would have given more instructions
but I found it hard to speak
faced with fascist symbols
on the windows and the doors
and right there on his beak
which wobbled when
with nasal but polite invective
he trotted our the usual sneeze -
a political breeze - in an ineffectual plea
to dazzle me with all the specious
glories of the Right...

those denizens of capital
who whistle in the darkness
while dabbling in the night where they
conjure up methods to use their means to
strike the laws by which
we live and whereby we atone
with the hammer of their hairy, steely fists
so that what we thought
was made of Constitutional stone
turns into broken rubble in a stream
and idles meaninglessly down the mountainside
where the poor folks die alone.

Copyright © 2016 by Lowell A. Anderson.  All Rights Reserved.


Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes!! I love it and no one says it better, Lowell!! Thanks for sharing - as always!! You do know how to get my day started!! And, we have SUNNY, BLUE, CLOUDLESS SKIES for the day!!!! I'm a happy old broad today!! I hope you have a great day, too, in spite of the politics!!!

William Kendall said...

Very creative!

Kay Slagle said...


Taken For Granted said...

Lowell, that is a fine poem, but the right wing conservative politicians are scary and do seem to want to destroy our way of life and our government. I've always been surprised at how mean spirited they are when attacking those who are the most powerless.

Bob Poris said...

They are not mean-spirited!! They are determined to win and do not care how they do it! Such people do great harm as they are willing to use whatever they can to accomplish whatever they want to do or get paid to do. Most people have some scruples and are concerned with not doing harm. We kid ourselves by not understanding that they are not like most people we know. It remains why so many of us remain powerless. We try to reason and to be fair. They strive to win, at any cost.