An Exceptionally American Virus

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(I’ll be posting this poem in a more social media friendly format to the big three: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If you approve, please like and share. Here’s the raw text of the poem for the search engines.)

An Exceptionally American Virus

Our government is infected
by a Republican virus
leaving it irritable and lethargic
and we are the cure.

It lacks conscience,
holds no principles,
seeks only power
and we are the cure.

Money is the vector.
It wants mindless consumers,
instead of engaged citizens
and we are the cure.

It suppresses our vote,
stifles our speech,
spurns our protest
and we are the cure.

At least the Democrats
can be prodded and shamed
into doing the right thing
once we put them in office.

So Stay Loud,
Stay Alive,
Stay Registered
and Vote!

We are the Cure.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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10 Responses to An Exceptionally American Virus

  1. JeanMarie says:

    #DemocracyOpenMic

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kritika says:

    Awesome write. 👍

    Liked by 1 person

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