Deliver Us From What We’ve Become by Gary Glauber

Truth becomes a churlish notion

in hands of unholy crew,

setting course for deeper ocean

beyond straits of misconstrue.

Never stop to ask directions,

always earn a tidy sum.

Bless the workers’ genuflections

under watchful leader’s thumb.

Pay to grab inside advantage

as prelude to righteous rage,

don’t get caught applying bandage

(wounds are tendered to off-stage).

Here the story’s never ending,

there the money lands offshore,

follow where the bank is lending,

under every stone explore.

Bully for this extradition,

kudos to the watchful eye.

Lying is the new tradition:

never give the reason why.

Act as if it’s all expected,

so much for this sleight of hand,

what they hope went undetected

turns up with a new demand.

Headlines turn outrageous folly

into depths of soulless ice,

Deaf ears never seemed so jolly

when evading sound advice.

Fiction seen as real creation,

pulling wool over the eyes,

accolade as accusation,

rich reward of peaceful prize.

When shall sound the judge’s gavel?

When shall justice rear its head?

Every day new threads unravel,

greater runs the flow of dread.

Watch, we watch and wait and wonder,

bracing for the iceberg’s cross,

hoping that this spell we’re under

breaks before the mounting loss.

We the people want solutions

reckoning approaching soon,

fast before our institutions

fall apart in wrack and ruin.


©2018 Gary Glauber


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Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers.


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