There was a time when I believed in the goodness of mankind.
But ‘humans’ have no goodness and to this, I am resigned.
We gave up so easily and now we look the other way
if they beat the poor and homeless; we don’t even show dismay.
When the truth is just ignored and the battle weary die,
and if we say that we will fight for them, of course that is a lie!
Who is outraged, or angered, or crazed enough to act?
When we sag in helpless misery; that’s our answer to the smack.
If the jobless lose their homes, no help can they expect.
The people’s voice was silenced, dissent was put in check.
When the hungry go without and the wealthy kick their ass,
they divide us into groups; the middle and lower class.
We eat that shit and run with it and sling it against the wall.
There’ll never be a movement where we stand for one and all.
We’ve lost and we must recognize that we did this to ourselves.
There are no trophies for the losers, just empty, dusty shelves.
When all is said and done, they’ve got us on the run.
Dark days are dead ahead and you’ll forget there was a sun.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
From now on, I am going to write about sex and foolishness because we have had our asses kicked and kicked royally. And what do we do? We whimper and we say that we are fighting? Really? How? When? Where? Who? Oh, that’s right! We’re going to vote! Wow! Yep, we really win when we do that, don’t we? Isn’t that why we’re in the sinking boat that we’re in? Because we vote for thugs and then re-elect thugs? Correct me if I’m wrong, but what have we really done to fight back? Hmmm? The world is in chaos! People are fucked up in _________<—insert just about ANY country and a bell will go 'ding! ding'! Actually, we are ding dings because we are practically comatose since that IS how ya fight isn't it? You just close your eyes, fall down and the bully will go onto the next. That's what's happening isn't it? I mean the Americans gave up and decided that it was in their best interest to get felt up and radiated in order to keep the shadowy bogey gubmint made up terrorist at bay and board that airplane, isn't that right? Americans piss about drone strikes and spying and war crimes and whatnot and then when the gubmint looks in their direction, they simply close their eyes and fall to the ground in helpless surrender. A budget deal was reached that included untold billions to keep wars going and uncontrolled spying, but somehow, the American gubmint just couldn't come up with a bipartisan plan that included extending benefits for those 1.3 million Americans who make up the long-term unemployed. And as much writing as I've done on the plight of the homeless, can you actually see me attempting to put poems together to cover even half of the 1.3 million Americans who will end up homeless right at a time when food stamps have been cut? And the rich? Well…never mind them. We love 'em. Meanwhile, we're 'Wowed'!, over the SAG awards, the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the whores of Hollywood, the playoffs are on and the Super Bowl is in a few weeks. So, we're good!