We squabble over crumbs on the floor
While the big pile of money… oops… food
Sits on the table just out of reach.
We eat self-help slogans
Never acknowledging that this game
Of life is rigged against us.
Slogans offer little sustenance.
We dance as the puppet masters
Pull the strings.
We follow the magicians’
Sleight of hand
And allow ourselves to be astounded
With their misdirection.
We obsess with details
Refusing to ever see the big picture.
And we are amazed that we remain
Copyright 2013, Kat Micari
I will post this poem every year until things change in the United States for the better. I feel like this year has allowed more people the time to really reflect on what type of society we should be growing toward. The structures need to be dismantled, and we need to be a population compassionate and active citizens. Will we ever get there? I don’t know.
I said that I would post this poem every election day until things really changed in this country, and here it is again. Originally from The Little Book of Insurrection or the Poetry of My Discontent. And you can also see me doing a reading of it here.
I know this isn’t a very exciting election cycle nationally, but your vote counts more locally, and it is through making changes on the smaller levels that we can get more change at the higher levels. If you choose to vote, vote for your convictions, not for the almighty dollar or for the corporations. Unless your convictions are to worship said money and corporations, and if so, I might have some questions for you.
I want honesty and integrity and all the muck out in the open. I want civic leaders to be true leaders, examples to the rest of us, and not repugnant filth that I wouldn’t want my children to go near. It shouldn’t be too much to ask. But that’s not how the game is played. My solution, as always, is to change the game.
I said I would post this poem every year on election day here in the United States, and this year I did a reading and posted it on YouTube for all to see. Here it is!
Hi, American readers! Are you planning on voting tomorrow? If so, consider downloading and reading my poetry collection, The Little Book of Insurrection or the Poetry of My Discontent, tonight! It might help you think a little more deeply.
You can download the ebook for free at Smashwords in a variety of formats, or if you really want to pay for it or buy a print copy, head over to Amazon.
Also, remember that your vote counts more directly in many ways for the local elections, so you may want to investigate the issues concerning those officials before you make your selection tomorrow.