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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

Whatever happened to common sense when did we all become so dense ya can’t fall off an un-sat fence dreaming of why and where and whence trying to figure out farthings and pence trapped in a world of hereafter and hence can’t really recall but it’s been that way since we o’erthrew the king to favor the prince expecting pure satin – wound up with cheap chintz our armor now rusted, bloodless, with dents thrown out of our houses we now live in tents downwind from the castle’s hungerless scents venom the substance of our effluence fueled by delay of our just recompense and for our actions offer no penitence our fields long gone fallow wait in suspense for the word of a dead king “let planting commence” a king raised to power at our expense John G. Lawless ©12/13/2021

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Date: 12/21/2021 2:19:00 PM
John, I loved the lines "we o’erthrew the king to favor the prince expecting pure satin – wound up with cheap chintz". We always expect the next regime to be a vast improvement over the last. Great writing.
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Date: 12/14/2021 8:10:00 PM
My, but haven't you written the history of man -- wallowing in familiar futility -- in a mere 24 lines!! Bravo, John.
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John lawless
Date: 12/17/2021 9:11:00 AM
BUT WAIT......COMING SOON....."THE HISTORY OF MAN" PART II
Date: 12/14/2021 7:19:00 AM
Wow. Incredibly brilliant writing. Enjoyed and hope our prayers reach the One who is truly in control of it all... He can make everything as it should be. God bless you. Love, Gina
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Date: 12/13/2021 12:26:00 PM
enjoyed this sophisticated rhyme. This is how I feel about the "fat cats" in Washington--our ruling class. While they have us bickering about democrat and republican, they hob nob and exchange investment strategies, and make deals with foreign governments. Same old story of power corrupting...
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John lawless
Date: 12/14/2021 7:01:00 AM
ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!
Date: 12/13/2021 9:00:00 AM
John, very fine monorhyme! I'm sure it's a metaphor, but I'm still trying to unravel all of its meanings. Interesting story on face value, however.
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John lawless
Date: 12/14/2021 6:57:00 AM
It is a metaphoric traipse through history's repetitive upheavals...and their tormenting sameness