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LEGAL RODS 

A tyrannical states’ best weapon against its citizenry
Are the laws it passes

Democracy cannot exist when man 
Has his rights codified in minute detail
And where he is always disadvantaged
By those who legislate excessively 

Him who wants individual freedom
Will be frustrated by the weight 
Of bureaucracy that protects
Those in the prohibition industry 
And the property of the socially upward mobile 

House prices of the middle class
And voter popularity 
Are the new golden calves  
That must be protected by slaying society

When friendship and cohesion would be best 
Segregation and dehumanization exist

Blinded by pseudo evidence
We believe that wrongs that are mere topical fads 
Must be legally deterred
Irrespective of the goad we pass on to 
The inheritors of our short sightedness

The misdemeanours of a selfish few 
Act as a rod to beat compliance from all
The law that was a reaction to a particular person’s sins
Applies to him and to every member of a comatose society 

The net of authority traduces indiscriminately  
The cry of unfairness would be too late 
When we are forced to be reactive 

We distrust the instruments of rule
Abhorring dialogue to such a degree
We always need a lawyer to extract us
From the states grasping hands 

Red tape abounds
Laws and regulations create a mockery of openness
And offer no reward for 
Society functioning with minimal state intervention 

A little phrase for a big headache
Is red tape 

The man who does not vote
Has no say 
But must take what he gets 
From an aggressive parliament 
That will always vote itself into eternity

The passing of laws should not be a measure 
Of a governments popularity
In the age of efficiency
The state is measured not by quality but by quantity
The more intrusive it is the better it seems to bureaucrats

Humanity and wanting to belong 
Imbues us with inbuilt breaks
That eventually may make us aware 
Of the error of going against the grain of fair-play 

Laws and regulations are nought but
Thistle among the corn 
They may offer protection for now 
But are rigid and unfeeling 
And accept no philosophy of change 

With the state at the forefront of democracy
We have a junta in all but name 
With plain clothed civil servants as its henchmen 

The value of a person is nil 
His life is smothered by constant battles
With authority 
He is a man under duress

Laws do not iron out misunderstandings in society
They foster distrust 
A government should encourage voter autonomy
And be an advocate of last resort

Give humanity a chance 
Let the rush to legislate be calmed
We all have in us the ability to
Care for our neighbour
Laws can never be our saviour


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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 11:18:00 PM
    an interesting poem, on politics... enjoyed~ SKAT

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 6:46:00 AM
    Yet they emerge on their own within society, don't they? But I do catch what you are saying, and you said it rather well. Best read today.

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    Date: 7/18/2013 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank u.i wrote after seeing new signs outside a park stop drinking and another one about littering .. I thought it a bit much as the people who drink in that park are mostly immigrants who are In packed houses and they need a break and fresh air.....I thought what about them , where will they now go.. I thought the council was being unfair and hardhearted