Commentary, Political

The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court a few years back still infuriates because its effects keep impacting our lives.


Commentary, Poetical


So five Supreme Lords of the branch, judicial,

declared that corporations should have the same rights,

political, as a human, individual, and that since donating money

is a form of free speech, metaphorical,

this is a right, constitutional, which cannot be denied

to said groups, institutional. But to suggest that corporations,

that solely exist to profit, that evade taxes

on those profits, that pay the lowest wages, possible,

to the rank and file while paying wages, colossal,

to executives, often irresponsible, even unethical,

to rule that these institutions, which send our jobs

to foreign countries, are entitled to the same rights

as citizens, individual, seems a classic example of

activism, judicial, and of logic, unfathomable.

For corporations are “birthed”  by lawyers filing papers.

Corporations do not breathe,

get hungry, fall in love, do not, themselves,

bear children, except in ways metaphorical,

and do not worship anything but gains, quarterial.

Thus to grant them first amendment rights seems an INjustice,

undeniable, giving them even more power over us.

And to regard the paying of money, which we people do,

to keep the water flowing, the lights on, the house warm,

the doctor paid, the bank satisfied, the tithes made,

the indigent fed, the tuition paid, the tuition loans paid,

the loans that help to pay the tuition loans paid,

to, again, regard the paying of money as a type of free “speech,”

takes the adjective, “conservative,” upends it,

requiring “lawyer-logic” to defend it.





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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

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