Timely Poems from the Past
Back in 2012 Greg Austin published his second book, "End Times Prose and Poetry". It was dedicated... "to those political leaders who, because of circumstances beyond their control, now must face Earth's largest challenge." The book's main focus was climate change, but it touched on the political atmosphere in America as well. The following are two poems from the book that ring as true today, as they did 11 years ago.
Ranting daily with vulgar denouncements,
Ridiculing moderate pronouncements.
Down with liberals and progressives,
Up with conservative negatives.
Their own government held up to suspicion,
Taxes always in a demeaned position.
Those who do not fall in line,
Ares socialists and communists of evil design.
Listeners falling for the pitch,
As hate radio and television get rich.
Double speak, flippant finger pointing,
Still listeners quickly joining.
This tyranny of meanness
So contrived with shallowness.
Invites the many to the gates of Hell,
As the willing rush there pell-mell.
They reject love of country,
Paying taxes, and honoring authority.
Let us pray that they may see
Such nearsighted inappropriate folly
Chancing a hot seat for eternity.
Let’s pretend they did it!
Facts, law, evidence be dammed.
Emotion and noise are in command.
Repeat the lies daily
Emphasis, emphasis, lies become truth
Say it over and over again
Your opponent is full of sin
Ludicrous as it sounds, too many believe
Destroy your opposition
To obtain position
Political punditry inaccurate
Sports punditry even more incorrect
Time wasted in buffoonery
As so many fail for accuracy
Society slips away from reason
As too many swallow the poison.