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An American Fable ca. 2000-2008

Norberto Franco Cisneros

It was understood that there would be sacrifice in blood and treasure

The experts said so logically

Their pseudo truths which we believed

Came rolling down forked tongues, but yet,

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Expecting their best, we received naught but lies


The Kingdom of Lies

Goes on devouring the marrow of our young

It goes forever gorging

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And extinguishing their song

We watch them hide our children's bodies in

Black plastic bags as they come back home

While we with platitudes to power

Never utter anguished truths that scream

But speak tired, feel good prayers

We don't really mean while

We sit quietly pretending

We're not brainless drones but

Victims of pundit talking clones.


To drink the lie and not be sickened

To be betrayed and not fight back

That is the question of our times

To be ruled by dimwits all

With a perverted spiritual call

Who think that what is in this world is only theirs and

Quick as light become our worst nightmares and

Swiftly as they turn the page

Their greed becomes the rage.


So rejoice!

We're in the greatest Kingdom of them all

Be proud and strong to conquer all

And never fear to fall for

You fight for flag and country

Not to mention family

And know your red blood's spilled

For Freedom, Liberty!


They rule the Kingdom

Can't we see

It is their destiny

We'll all be free

We'll be fulfilled

On that shining house up on the hill

Just don't you ask

And don't you tell

Of the horrors and the deaths that fell

This mighty Kingdom in distress

So don't confess

Be silent still

You the gullible of the false!

You the gullible of words of those who never sacrifice but only profit!

You the flag waving naive

Who believe giving children to madness makes them heroes!

You the fools who believe in the goodness of your Lying King

Wake up! Wake up!

Your country is dying and your children are hungry!

a resident of AZ, writer of Poetry - Poetry has an edge and is politically liberal - published 12 times throughout US - at present writing a novel about Cottonwood and its people, a murder mystery - and in the middle of a screenplay about a Pioneer (more...)

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Kingdoms and great countries fall because their le... by norberto franco cisneros on Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 8:35:55 AM
We need jewels even more than scalpels. ... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 8:37:46 AM
(I'm no poet, but let's see if I can make this som... by Ruth on Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:25:15 AM
Norberto, I love your poem. Thanks.And Ruth, I nev... by Sarah Morgan on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:39:12 PM