Below is the poem entitled Straw Man, The 2012 Presidential Campaign which was written by poet
Goff. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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James Marshall Goff
......a strange color, green
Become better informed, listen to your teachers,
educate yourself....which branch will the bluejay
The hawk, circling, choose his best option?
Bleeding soldiers depend on doctors, rich men
depend on accountants, souls depend on preachers,
tap water depends on scientists and engineers,
nourishing the parched vagaries of citizens
Words fall like acid-rain, seemingly harmless,
we thought we understood rain, it falls, it
nourishes, fills our reservoirs....then leaves a stain,
a clear outline of abuse, like evaporated salt, clinging
to our shirts after a hard day, sound bite upon bite.
Still, we wade through flooded streets, hoping the
tides will descend, rhetoric return to sanity, our lives
safe, from future floods.
after the elephants parade through every mind
the straw left behind
collects promises dumped in the streets
ready to sweep it all up on election day
hit pause... wait four years
wait four years