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The Devil Went Down to Washington

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The Devil Went Down to Washington

The devil went down to Washington to see what he would see
Ah yes he said everything looks real good to me
Everything is sliding down as I have planned it
That phrase “under God”: they have all but banned it.
This is sweeter than in the days of Adam and Eve,
Appeal to their almighty pride and they’ll believe,
any old thing I wish them to perceive,
or ridiculous philosophy I may conceive.

“I” the great perpendicular pronoun,
they all love that delightful sound!
By using their pride I can steer them.
forcing the meek to fear them. 

Those prime time commercials were my special inspiration,
The ones that reinforce their economic and ego inflation,
with the phrase “I buy this product because, “I’m Worth it!”
Or my favorite humility killer, “because I Deserve it!”

It’s so funny! They all think they do!
They stick to their mirrors like glue
While sliding in their own poo!
My what a little vanity can do!

Makes me feel like singing!
As my dark angels are winging

“Glory, glory well for me-ee
Glory, glory hell to thee-ee
Glory, glory hell to we-ee
I’ll have more compan-eeeeee!

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  1. Date: 3/7/2012 11:37:00 AM
    This poem packs quite a punch, Rob! Love the reference to the humility killers. Those commercials make my stomach turn. Your theme here has much in common with the poem I posted today and I hope you'll have a chance to read it. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 7:57:00 PM
    ROBERT, glory glory... well... i did find the entire beginning funny... the more the merrier... great poem..pd

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 6:05:00 PM
    I think thats about it Bob,, good put ..)

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:40:00 PM
    I needed another peek at your rant, this has such insight into the source of the evils we succumb to. The last stanza wraps it up beautifully.

  1. Date: 2/25/2012 4:02:00 PM
    I like this one.Good job.I posted 5 new poems.

  1. Date: 2/17/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Send it to Washington Robert; they deserve it and send it to the letters to the editor so others can applaud your brilliant take on reality!

  1. Date: 2/15/2012 12:03:00 PM
    "Helluva poem, Robert!" Thus spake Senator Bilgewater. Funny thing, though, he don't know what the hell you're talking about. As usual, good write. Love, daver

  1. Date: 2/10/2012 9:49:00 AM
    Bloody Brilliant Robert, it is not just Washington, but just about all the profit loving free world at the moment. there they are lining there own pockets, while preaching to us restrait, this is a awesome poem, should be hanging on every notice board in the country. harry

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 9:36:00 AM
    Gosh, I heard about this on the news Robert, it actually makes me sad.. Love the way you bring your point across.. How are you doing btw? Love Wilma

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 7:06:00 AM
    I am glad I live in Norway and not in Washington..:) :)Here we only have "TROLL". - Super done poem Robert! - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 2/8/2012 12:07:00 PM
    Robert, this is going straight to my favorites!! That little diddy in the last stanza should be in the books my friend, an excellent satirical yet frighteningly honest and real poem. I pray as does Mr. Hinshaw that perhaps morality can yet be restored. Thanks for sharing this excellent poem.

  1. Date: 2/8/2012 9:38:00 AM
    riveting piece, robert... more room in heaven , then?... amazing flow of thoughts!..:)

  1. Date: 2/8/2012 9:12:00 AM
    Ha! I truly dig this one....dig this poem so much, I have to be careful not to dig all the way to hell. Strong ending too.