The President of Sham and Shame

Reeking Orange Thief!
Be warned: Never trust his brief
as he laughs up his sleeve…

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

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standing on the deck round midnight

brightening… fading…
fireflies – oh fireflies, green eyes
of this starless night

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

looking into the garden at night

dark shadows of trees…
from a high branch the full moon hangs
fruit of wakefulness

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

MANIFESTO FOR A NEW DAY IN AMERICA

The task at hand is not to mouth meaningless political slogans about greatness.

The task is to dedicate ourselves, body and soul, in words and in deeds, to bring to fruition – for ourselves and all our fellow citizens – the rights and practical goals enshrined in our nation’s founding document: namely, Life – as in quality of life; Liberty – for all of us, both as individuals and as members of a loving, peaceful community; and the Pursuit of Happiness – where one’s happiness does not harm anyone else or deprive her or him of their rights.

Let us begin today to work together as our foremothers and forefathers did so selflessly.

Here, to assist us in this important and necessary work, is a list of guidelines for right action, basic principles with which to work better together:

1 – DO ONE THING AT A TIME.

2 – KNOW THE PROBLEM.

3 – LEARN TO LISTEN.

4 – LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS.

5 – DISTINGUISH SENSE FROM NONSENSE.

6 – ACCEPT CHANGE AS INEVITABLE.

7 – ADMIT MISTAKES.

8 – SAY IT SIMPLY AND CLEARLY.

9 – BE CALM. BE PEACEFUL.

10 – SMILE!   SING!   DANCE!

© Gregory V Driscoll 2017

night storm

bushes: stooped shadows—
FLASH, as from a camera—
far off thunder, rain

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

‘Fessing Up

Since January 20th I’ve pondered
deeply and long on our country’s new top
executive. And I’ve decided, yes –
he is incompetent and vastly unknowing,
as well as a tad insane. But, hell, he will
finally destroy the Republican Party
and also that of the Democrats: that’s
surely something in his favor! Yes, folks, yes.
But sadly, in achieving that worthwhile goal,
he’ll also crush our economy and, yes,
like Samson, pull down the very pillars
of our government, perhaps even our society itself.
But let’s admit: the structure was already undermined,
quite deliberately neglected. We’ve too foolishly
abandoned our democratic roots in pursuit
of world hegemony and being top dog.
There have been all too many snarls and bites,
so now it’s time to whimper and to grovel.

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(c) Gregory V Driscoll  2017

the impossible dream

like hands, Spring leaves reach
for the moon haloed in mist:
unobtainable

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017