To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Saturday, December 5, 2020

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Lines For My Friend, Sandy, Who Wanted A Lighthearted Poem

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BY SHARON MARTIN

It’s hard to be lighthearted

when your president’s a liar,

when the whole dang world is threatened

by his pants that are afire.

 

He shreds the Constitution

and feeds it to the rats,

rules by whim and fiat

and blames the Democrats.

 

To think, he used to be one!

But then the party turned.

No longer segregationist!

The Jim Crow laws all burned,

 

at least in legal rule books.

We know Jim Crow’s still here,

and the liar’s words and actions

stir up the racists’ fears.

 

Adored by evangelicals.

I can’t imagine why.

This preacher’s kid knows Christians,

and this hater comes up shy.

 

He’s stacking courts with corporatists

undoing revolution.

We shed the aristocracy once.

This backward evolution

 

should not sit well with patriots,

and that’s us, do you hear,

the workers and the poets,

the brown folk and the queer,

 

moms and dads, day laborers,

all those who earn a wage,

who vote and pay their taxes,

the ignorant and the sage.

 

We’re all in this together

We all must march and shout

and call and vote and rally.

We can’t sit this one out.

 

Here’s hoping there is justice

and it lands his butt in jail.

Do you believe in karma?

Will Putin go his bail?

Longtime Observer essayist Sharon Martin read this at the Woody Guthrie Poets event Saturday in Okemah, OK. Martin’s latest book, Not A Prodigal, is available through Barnes and Noble. Her recent children’s book, Froggy Bottom Blues, can be purchased in hardcover or paperback from Doodle and Peck Publishing and in paperback from Amazon.