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The Incumbant

So nice of you to mention 
from your lofty Bully Pulpit
the bravery and sacrifice
of honor driven men.
Spewing verbose platitudes 
that smell of self inclusion,
when pack straps, boots, and pistol belts
have never chaffed your skin.

The microphone before you there
will magnify your ego;
with bold, practiced inflection
you'll dispense your puffery.
Styled and dyed, your hair was 
never sweat or helmet flattened,
your suit is by Brooks Brothers
and your tie is by committee.

You segregate your audience
and know them before speaking,
a patriot for veterans,
fear monger for the weak.
Quote the bible for the clergy;
they want to hear you pray,
and praise the second amendment
when you address the N. R. A.

Tell the minions "God will guide you,"
keep in step the righteous;
and rants against "entitlements"
plays well in wealthy homes.
Your conjured Muslim bogey men
sell billion dollar bombers;
while at the local high school
there's a bake sale to buy books.

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  1. Date: 12/1/2011 1:08:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Wayne. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/30/2011 6:16:00 PM
    I like.

  1. Date: 11/30/2011 5:28:00 PM
    great poem well done! great wording and descript. All of it sounds conspicuously like the last three years campaign by one who takes great wealth to advantage... depending on who the audience was. Strange thing. The commander/chief of the armed forces need never have even been in the armed forces.... interesting. Again Wayne....very well done poem. Congratulations on your featured. God bless you .

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 5:25:00 PM
    Doesn't make a difference. A politician is a politician, self serving. The ultra rich protect the ultra rich. Two party system is actually a one party, screw the people system. God help the USSA. Vince

  1. Date: 8/31/2010 11:48:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your poetry today Wayne. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/31/2010 5:33:00 AM
    Truth!! Veridian!! GREAT!!

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 8:52:00 PM
    Oh so very true are the words you have written here!Well done~~Take care~Deb