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The Soup Reich

Chris D. Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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The Soup Reich

The Fuhrer's deceit is baked with OCD tendencies,
one hand doling it out to the masses,
while the other hand places more checkpoints
along the already tightly surveilled perimeter.

The Fuhrer's Souper Troopers, Gestapo and Souparazzi
scour the Soup halls for any anomalies,
for any Resistance Fighters of literature
who might distract the masses' attention

away from the Fuhrer's spotlight. And there! Hark
the Herald Demons, the Head Pig pounds the podium,
refocuses the little piggies' minutely distracted attention
with tales of fearful monsters, uniting the crowd

against a common enemy. 

Divide the mind, to conquer it. "Divide and Conquer,"
whisper the Fuhrer's elite henchmen
as they send-out another wave of soupmail propaganda,
while running fingers across the mustaches dangling

from their rat-faces like miniature toupees meant for 
the now-aged Ken dolls stricken with cancer from eating 
too many GMO Swastika corn-dogs and Huns.burger Helper --
cannibalistic swine eating their own kind. "Sieg Heil!" 

The little piggies devour Swastika slop from their troughs:
big lies broken down, fed to them over time
until they squeal dolefully, piggies wrapped in blankets
waiting for another bribed lullaby to help them fall asleep.

Poor little piggies. Believing themselves to have no talent
of their own, they ride on the barbeque sauce coat tails of a 
one-trick pony-pig Fuhrer -- selling short their own deserved
spotlight to a fugazi masquerading as a 24 Carat saint.

July 22nd, 2013


"Take the greatest deceits, decorate them with gold and hand them out as gifts. 
When the masses have swallowed the contents, you can make these people 
believe and do anything." - Adolf Hitler
 "The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."
- Dr. Joseph Mengele

"The most common characteristic of all police states, is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded. When citizens alter their natural conduct via the fear of being watched, truth becomes suppressed when public discussion turns into whispers." - Vance Packard

"To silence satire, is to silence freedom." - Sidney Hook

“The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity, but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.” 
- Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power." 
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

*Author's Note: This satire does not involve the TPS administration.


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  1. Date: 12/16/2013 6:17:00 PM
    So we sit quietly in the background and observe...those of us with our own minds. And we see; we see easily. Very nice Chris.

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 4:04:00 PM
    I like this poem...this post will be removed before 24 hrs. have elapsed, thus evading nsa

  1. Date: 8/5/2013 12:40:00 AM
    † Hmmm, Something Quite Troubling About Entering Into This Frey Of Flesh So To Speak ? It Must Be A Spiritual Thing Yet, Yes, Divide As Conquer And Hey, Love The Power Poe. Congrats Upon Being Featured, Love, John

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 3:22:00 PM
    WOW... such brutal honesty. Exceptional work... I'm pretty sure history repeats itself in every society, including this site.

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 4:24:00 PM
    I was alerted to this piece of blatant subversion by a friend who must remain nameless. Love it. Beware the midnight doorknock.

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 7:28:00 AM
    Dear Chris - Arghhh. Always, I've been fascinated by Hitler. I don't think in the voyeuristic way. It's hard to believe such a dirty man lived, although there are many other horror stories. I think your interweaving of the Soup is pretty clever. The hierarchy of life is not to be denied.

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 4:49:00 PM
    Your too smart for me Chris, you make my head hurt but in a good way, smile,xxx This rocks, xxx

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Such truth reflects from your words... well done my friend.....

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 3:56:00 AM
    And so they took care To close their doors Lock them firmly even And retire to the Bedroom (Which they made sure to lock) And there began to whisper.

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 3:28:00 AM
    As much as I was mesmerized by the poem...the quotes at the bottom REALLY added punch to it, especially the top two...Chilling to say the least...Always enjoy reading your poems sir - Tim

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 7/27/2013 3:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    An I'm SO glad you added that disclaimer at the bottom, Chris! For a minute I was starting to think...
  1. Date: 7/24/2013 9:10:00 PM
    Thanks for "filling me in" Boy, can I relate. Whenever I use my good intentions, somehow, in someway, I set someone off, though often I do see the point of view of the person whose feathers I ruffled, but then aren't we all human? Hey, I had been thinking of writing a blog for some time (Don't worry, a WRITING blog ;-) ) and so I did so tonight. Please peek at it, when or if you can... I THINK I am clearer in it than I was below... concerns FIXED line spacing in free verse. Care to talk shop lol

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 2:12:00 AM
    Hi Chris... just back for a re-read... and to let you know that I read your original comment as well as the edited version... agreed... as you wrote, viva la...

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 7:22:00 PM
    So, what do you think of arranging your lines this way? I am bouncing back and forth with arrangement in a rather "voiceless" way. I like the ideology behind the "formed" lined breaks, the rationalization that a poem should carry it's ... solidity? intensity? impact???... throughout the entirety, that the verse AS A WHOLE requires no dramatic line breaks, no arrows for the reader's eyes to follow, Oh, this this word right here must matter MORE. What are your thoughts on this kind of format?I like the ideology of this kind of a structure... that we should not orchestrate the reader, that the words and message of the piece should be more meaningful than how we arrange the lines. Interesting, yes? ? Hey, I know you are not into the whole print/publish “thang” but if you were, I find it fascinating that if you took out the soup reference the poem still burns with meaning and could easily find a home in a literary journal. There are times I won’t nod my head in agreement with what you say

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 7/23/2013 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ;-) But I always enjoy HOW you say it. And I am not certain why but your piece reminds me of Ferlinghetti! Certainly not his arrangement or style... hmmm... perhaps his intensity? Eye? Hope you see that as a compliment. Anyway, hope your summer is going well. Keep “howling,” Maverick. Cause, yes, it is a +/- thing...
  1. Date: 7/23/2013 1:56:00 PM nailed it......sad but true. Love seeing someone write the truth, even if there are no consequences, it helps to know someone else reads between the lines and sees what goes on behind the smiley faces. :) Thank You

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 9:44:00 AM
    I love you...(You hit the nail on the head.)

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 7:40:00 AM
    Yes, there is a lot of truth in this one...when people are being watched they cannot be truly themselves, unless of course, they feel at home with that. I've missed you, Chris, don't really see enough from you these days, this was an enjoyable read. :) Love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 3:09:00 PM
    I wish we can all join in this bowl of soup with all our different spices to create the.biggest sopu soup of friendship..of sharing thoughts..enjoying poetry.Poetrysoup is a place where i used to come to.relax but lately one never knows what s going to happen next.I try to be everybody s friend..I hope thats still something good..and re your humor never offended me the be honest i love it when you re controversial to my believes-your half.brainwashed catholic friend : p.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 1:56:00 PM
    So dismally true... can't say more, 'cause THEY are watching... Terry

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 12:31:00 PM
    Chris.........Soup Mail