Thursday, October 8, 2015

Extinguishing the Bern


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Extinguishing the Bern

“Let us wage a moral & political war against the billionaires
& corporate heads whose policies & greed are destroying
the middle class in America.”--Bernie Sanders.

Today there is a new article in the New Yorker magazine:
Integrity disqualifies Sanders for the White House.
The electoral system has safeguards in place
preventing anyone who’s outspoken from becoming the President.

Integrity disqualifies Sanders for the White House--
this political reality conjures fear and anger,
nearly dashing all hope for a better tomorrow.

The electoral system has safeguards in place
excluding him from back room deals & cronyism
that may be a necessary requirement for election;

preventing anyone who’s outspoken from becoming President
because no Populist can raise the necessary billion dollars
while criticizing the blatant buying of the other candidates.



Glenn Buttkus

Posted over on dVerse Poets Pub MTB



18 comments:

Mary said...

You have spoken truth here, Glenn & used Trimeric form perfectly to do so.
What a chilling commentary on the political process.

brudberg said...

I would say most election systems are broken.. at least it is maximum 8 years and no changed constitution to make sure you can sit as long as possible, like Putin or Erdogan..

The world is falling apart with or without who get's elected.

Grace said...

So much money is spent on election campaigns ~ I beginning to wonder if candidates are really independent, not being bought out by other vested interests ~ A good political commentary Glenn ~

Toni Spencer said...

As usual, I will not comment on politics since we are commenting on form today but I will say you did a most excellent job with the form. This does seem to be an extremely adaptable form and it is one that seems to like you and your thoughts.

howanxious said...

That's dreadful. The Presidential and Prime Ministerial elections around the world have become a political game played with money and influence.
A wonderful piece. And the form suits your verse perfectly. :-)
-HA

Kate Mia said...

Form of politicians.. broken DArk Truth..
There is no money.. in Truth and Light..
A day will come when money falls..
All is left.. human being..

There is no money.. in Truth and Light..
All is free.. wheRe human lives
Sad cold eYes.. lose eyes of warmth..

A day will come when money falls..
Money fails on day one.. Now..
Judgement.. heArts no Love..

All is left.. human being..
cold illusion.. money sinks..
Love melts money.. Truth SinGs LiGht..:)


Sanaa Rizvi said...

What a truly powerful use of this form!!

Gabriella said...

I hope the NYT is proved wrong. Bernie's voice is a refreshing one and I hope that at least some of his ideas can emerge and change people's lives for the better.

thotpurge said...

Interesting use of the form to make a political point!

Bodhirose said...

Ugh...idiotic politics, I can't stand it. Well written to the form, Glenn, but the subject matter had me fuming. And yet, I'm still feeling hopeful...a little.

Bryan Ens said...

can't remember the quote exactly, but I recently heard that "anyone who is willing to be president should in no way be allowed to do so." It's a shame that sometimes those who are most qualified and able to lead a country have no chance at doing so, but those who end up with the position are often charlatans and scoundrels. I speak not only of your nation, but of mine (Canada), and perhaps every other nation on the planet.

Pleasant Street said...

"The electoral system has safeguards in place
excluding him from back room deals & cronyism
that may be a necessary requirement for election;"

This is especially thought provoking. The thought Sanders could actually win makes me uneasy.

Sumana Roy said...

you've used the form brilliantly for the political scenario not only true for your country but also for the whole world...money matters...sigh...

georgeplace2013 said...

yes, a catch 22

Suzanne said...

I do like political poems - they always have a raw and gritty honesty. Yours doesn't disappoint. How terrible that our world has become so circumscribed that anyone speaking out is disqualified from becoming President.

Victoria said...

You show how the trimeric lends itself to so many topics...including politics.

rhymeswithbug.com said...

this really worked well with the form.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Too true, alas – and well said.