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Author's Notes: "The Pied Piper from New York City," Parts One and Two, is a new political-verse poem that I just completed on September 7, 2017. I view this poem not only from the standpoint of it being a "political verse," but also as a "treatise" on the challenge of maintaining proper democracy in the United States with the ascension of the new presidential administration on January 20, 2017. It is also "my personal treatise of dissent" on many of the negative things that have happened since the person I call "The Pied Piper" has entered this critically important office as the Chief Executive of Our Land. You can draw your own conclusions from what I've articulated here. I've always felt that in dynamic times of great political upheaval, challenges and crises, and when the very foundations of our democracy itself are under attack as witnessed over the many years since American's very inception as a new nation -- to now, at this very moment in the twenty-first century; that it, therefore, certainly behooves poets and writers to speak out loudly and clearly on all significant issues concerning justice, fairness, tolerance, equality, decency, and opposition to all forms of prejudice, racism, hatred, anti-Semitism (to include all other religions), in the vital maintenance of democracy. Our cherished American governmental institutions and the strength of the very fabric of our democracy depend upon this very thing, as they do with the democratic governments our of Western Allies and other key partners worldwide. We cannot fail in this effort! (Gary Bateman - September 7, 2017) (Political Verse)
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The Pied Piper from New York City – Part One
Dare his name be said?
I say, of course, Yes!
The Pied Piper, himself, is the man, the myth, the legend.
And they, the so-called incurious lot of the hoi polloi in
American society, are the ones who accept the:
and rank buffoonery of this Pied Piper.
They are the ones who blindly choose to follow around this
Abject Charlatan and Bunco Artist without any question or
Thought or any civilized degree of true human concern, whilst
HE “pipes” loudly and rudely with an endless supply of hot air,
And with all due trickery and ferocity, his bombastic true-lies,
And his merry tunes of deceit, stupidity, and just pure-plain
“Baloney” for those seeking the simplest of answers to the
Significant questions and real problems of the day in our
Society and in the greater world, that cry out for and demand
Intelligent thought, discussion, and consideration of realistic
Solutions that directly affect people’s lives and their well-being,
And the essential stability of our country and of our allies in
This very complicated world of the twenty-first century.
Ah . . . yes, I wish this were only a dream in the deep-dark center
Of the subjunctive mood of my grammar, but not of my heart, and
My psyche—for it’s truly and unfortunately much more than this,
And it’s much more than one could ever imagine or ever venture
To say that this “Alternative Universe of the Pied Piper” is one
That’s a genuine “Nightmare,” a panoply, replete with:
a few truths,
so many more half-truths,
and endless deceptions!
And even incompetence to boot!
But look at this way, it’s just more of the old fantasies just like
The people in the past who received a fake degree from his sham,
Real Estate program at good old “TU” in the Big Apple!
Ah . . . yes, The Pied Piper is one who always takes great pride in the
Barnum-Fields' popular bon mot: “Never give suckers an even break!”
He takes this zinger to heart as part of his dubious modus operandi,
Whilst joyously snickering, and laughing behind the backs of those
Who are gullible enough and have the proclivity to believe anything
They hear him say— just as long as, “it sounds simple and good!”
When I unfortunately hear things like this, I roll my eyes and think . . .
“Simple is as simple does, and stupid is as stupid does!”
Ah . . . yes, these children of misfortune and those full of anger and
Prejudice—including assorted Hatemongers and merry groups of
White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and those so-called
Righteous Apostles of the Alt-Right who now arrogantly march and
Strut their ridiculous stuff in a true lock-step fashion to the beguiling
And mesmerizing shrill voice of this supposed modern-day hero!
This well-known, thin-skinned man with his pair of clay-feet and an
Overblown Reality TV persona is Our New York Flim-Flam Man!
All this, is clearly on display when the Pied Piper reprises his most
Famous on-the-air gig in the Reality TV World as—The POTUS!
Horribile Dictu! Horribile Dictu! Oh yes, horrible to be told! And
Horrible it is to be told for sure! This is all I can say in response to
This troubling reality for America and for the greater world.
Let us all now pray! Let us all now pray!
These poor people have no idea at all that they are being played
As fools, suckers, and willing and unwilling victims, duped by
The Pied Piper’s “Big Lie” mantra in the storied tradition of the
Twentieth-Century by the clever propaganda machinations, that
Are truly reminiscent of past evil luminaries such as: Hitler, Hess,
Goebbels, Goering, Mussolini; and don’t forget the likes also of
Lenin, Stalin, Molotov, Beria, Brezhnev, Andropov, and so on,
All the way today to the likes of Putin, Assad, Duterte, and Maduro.
Just to name a few!
Say it ain’t true . . . Say it’s not possible . . . But it sadly is!
What a motley gallery of rogues and apostles of deception,
And out and out liars and frauds to be associated with!
All the while the Pied Piper decries and bemoans the supposed
“Fake News,” and the cherished, historical role of the Free Press in
America, as protected, along with the rights of Freedom of Speech,
Religious Worship, and Peaceful Assembly as all are enshrined in the
First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
All the Pied Piper’s crying and bemoaning are quite telling and nasty
For someone who sang his paeans and voiced his fulsome panegyric
In support of “WikiLeaks,” which took great pride in their role as a
Conduit for Russian propaganda and fake news, with the obvious goals
Of spreading lies and fomenting trouble in the hope of disrupting the
U.S. Presidential Election and the general electoral process in 2016.
The Pied Piper’s despicable actions in this regard tear at the most sacred
Institutional fabric and foundation of our nation’s grand Union, whilst
Threatening the very heart and soul of our precious democracy, and the
Accepted tenets of:
Moral leadership, and
Expected professional conduct.
In this instance,
His actions and those of his henchmen
Have been and truly are shameful!
The Pied Piper also chooses, at times, to defame and shame those who
Would dare to disagree with him in both the public forum and in private.
In exacting his revenge, one of the Pied Piper’s favorite ploys is to wrap
Himself in the patriotic aura of the great American Flag, the famous
“Stars and Stripes,” which is most sacred to our American history.
This is quite rich for a man who has never served in the military, and
For one who is certainly not a veteran! He lambasts his opponents in
This fashion by calling them both “Unpatriotic” and “Un-American.”
***SEE PART TWO FOR CONTINUATION AND CONCLUSION OF POEM***
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September 7, 2017 (Political Verse)
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