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Sonnet: Democracy Without A Leg To Stand On

by John Kendall Hawkins


A nation divided against itself

can't -- urbane, urban, rural, absentee --

stand long, when it's lost its ability

to see what unites, fractured in its wealth.

Elites left and right -- Karl Marx, Adam Smith,

Snowballs, Napoleons up the yinyang;

city folk can't hear the farmer's twang,

and expats laugh, cash in -- above, not with.

We need Ahab's crazed obsession with whales,

scrimshawed ideas worth risking your life for,

mad thrown harpoons that strike us at the core,

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