From The Hilltop

July 2, 2011
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From a bluff above the countryside
They’ve set a camera up
And as their cassette flickers on the screen the neon lights flare up

And then that Arizona sheriff
Said, “Mr. Obama, build this wall!”
Holds his magnifying glass on ant hills
Until the day he gets the call
Then he rides the welfare crutches
Into the downtown clinic’s universal clutches
To cure the tumor in his skull

Now there’s pirates in the suburbs
The Aliens work the farms
Weasels dodge shots with no cover
Holding Bibles in their arms
By the terrace on the corner
There’s a poor man with a cup and song
He’s been mingling with the pigeons
Asking where the bread has gone… From the hilltop

And in the dormant Capitol Building
The smell of bacon wakes the suits
While the Tea Pot kettlers sound the drumming
Pull up your shorts and strap your boots
And then the masks fall to the pavement
And you realize what the whole campaign meant
Do they look familiar to you?

And the women on the corner
Are in the dressing room tonight
The comics shake their purses
While the Bishop takes a light
Your money lives with pandas
While you have plastic bags for shoes
And the local summer squatter
Is now sharing sleep with you… From the Hilltop

If you can call that generosity
It’s all they could construe

Now the Yemen bombs fly free Southwest
On board B-2’s to Chicago
But the Security men can’t be sure
If you’re the passenger or cargo

And while rewinding back to Y2K
They see discrepancies on the Flight Log
While the two-term man’s laughing it up
They see it’s an inside job

They said they saw the Inside Job
They said they watched the market fall
They said they see Tom Brady

They said they saw it all… From the Hilltop

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Odessa_Sterling00 said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 9:26 am
Great job on this!  Could you check out some of my short stories?
-daydreamer- said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm
This is an incredibly interesting poem and I love it. Haha I wish I had your ability to take what's going on in the world and turn it into poetry. It all just flows together perfectly! This is great, keep writing please!
musicispassion said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm
intresting and fantastic u should listen to qui133 it would be a great slam
qui133 said...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm
you are a wicked, wicked social critic, TAR11. i had to google half the references but it was worth it. i am incredibly glad to have read your work. get this published. read it at a slam. become a revolutionary leader. maybe you are already. eitherway, i will recite the empty phrase that has become a mantra in itself here on this website: great work.
qui133 replied...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm
by the way, what's the deal with Jeffery Robinson?
Laura_Oliver said...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I've never read a poem about relating to politics. Somehow, this works out really well, though.

I love it! Thank you for pointing it out.

Captain56 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm
This is really great, but I have a feeling it's going to go over a lot of the people on teen ink's heads.  Most people on here are to concerned about their relationships to grasp the plane that you're on with this genius! 
TAR11 replied...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 8:21 am
Yeah I agree. I try to write about things that have not been done a million times before.  Thanks for the kind words. 
TAR11 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Thank you!  I have a few fiction articles pending. 
BooFr said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Wow, I really like this.  I think I get all of the allusions and everything too!  Nice social commentary. 
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