[32] Two Poems, Gary Beck

Money Talks

Politics in America
used to be a dirty business
with so many dirty tricks
that people became cynical,
distrusting those elected,
yet learned to live with them.
Dirty tricks have been replaced
by big financial backing,
so eager office seekers
no longer need to buy votes,
they buy elections.



Sometimes desire is thwarted
no matter how much we yearn
and in our disappointment
we must learn acceptance,
since lack of fulfillment
of our expectations,
real or imagined,
can easily anger us,
and frustration can turn
to thoughts of violence
as we become possessed
with the urge to harm others
we risk another infliction
of irrational madness
in the age of terror.


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