Possibly wrongly accused
cop killers Mumia and Leonard,
rot in prison after decades.
Cops who kill unarmed minorities
still patrol and accumulate pensions.
You’re entitled to a lawyer
but money buys freedom.
Front page blaring accusation
eighth-page innocent blurb.
Soldier are heroes one minute,
homeless veterans the next.
The huge taxpayer funded,
billionaire football stadium owners,
laugh at those who footed the bill.
Wall Street earnings rise or fall
over the slightest rumors.
It illustrates how fragile
the Capitalist system is.
The nightly sound of gun fire
has replace crickets and frogs.
Political candidates give us,
fast talk and promises.
When the shit hits the fan,
when war is at hand,
when racism is fanned.
when mass shootings fill the land,
when books and history are banned,
we find politician man
has no game plan
and offers up,
thoughts and prayers.
Thoughts and prayers will not
stop a war, stop a bullet, stop racism,
stop an overdose, stop a bankruptcy
from medical bills, stop homelessness
pay the rent or feed a family.
Yet, pray we do.
We pray we don’t get laid off
or lose our job.
Jobs that don’t even keep up with inflation.
We pray that our children will be safe
and have a better life than us.
Only the rich have time to live,
as, the rest of us are too busy praying.
Complacency has replaced voting.
And the electoral college
has replaced the majority vote.
Many say Agent Orange’s stay
in the White House,
poisoned our lives with hate.
But political hate was apparent when
JFK, RFK, MLK and Malcom X,
were stopped in their tracks.
Hate for political opponents
gave Nixon an enemy’s list.
Hate for working people
showed when Reagan busted unions.
His hate for children was apparent
when he declared ketchup a vegetable.
Profits before people was realized,
when the Supreme Court ruled
that corporations are people.
We have, lots of humans but no humanity.
Lots of Christians but no Christianity.
The biggest thieves don’t use a gun
and there ain’t no referees.
It’s always starkest
before the yawn.
Wham bam, time to wake up man
and upset the establishment apple cart.
I’d like to at least see the seeds
of a better world in my lifetime.
“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.” —Confucius