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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)

Categories: allusion, america, betrayal, corruption, judgement, new york, and political.

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:
bluster,
ignorance, 
lies,
rudeness,
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,
untruths,
insults,
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:
Good governance,
Tolerance,
Fairness,
Good judgment,
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***

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved
September 7, 2017 (Political Verse)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 11/25/2018 7:14:00 PM
Gary, you have begun to scratch the surface of how evil and despicable this man is. He is obviously a monster to anyone with any vision. One thing we must realize is that our opposing political party doesn't understand that our candidates have to be likable (at least). What a freakin disaster to allow this all to happen! I think the most important election of all time was the one in 2016. We really blew it. The coronation planned went awry. So hopefully some lessons were learned there.
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Date: 11/26/2018 7:08:00 AM
Hello Duke, I see you found Part One of my Pied Piper masterpiece!! I think the Dems got the message you speak of as evidenced by the recent mid-term election. And, over time, the traditional "GOP" has metamorphed into the "POT" (Party of Trump) with all of the negatives that go with that. I wish they would teach robust civics programs in the schools once again in the USA. So many people are ill-informed and don't even vote!! Lessons learned are vital too!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 10/24/2017 9:02:00 PM
Gary, after reading this poem. I have one word for you, GENIUS!! YOU ARE A GENIUS in the tradition of Mark Twain and Thoreau. You are so gifted man!! Thank you for this piece. Thank you for your insight. Thank you for your commitment to truth. Man I don't write that much political stuff anymore, but this poem sort of makes me want to get back into it a little. Man I am inspired by your talent. Thank you for being you!! God Bless! Woody Lucas
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Date: 10/25/2017 12:29:00 PM
Hello Woody!! And thanks so much for your read and wondrous comments here on Pied Piper - Part One. Please be sure to read Pied Piper - Part Two, since it pulls the key themes together and has a very passionate ending which warns about the fragile nature of Democracy and the threat that all Pied Pipers perpetuate to attack good governance and to help to usher in the evils of totalitarianism. Please read any of my other poems as you choose to do so, and likewise, I will drop by your site to check out your poetry. BTW, this Pied Piper Poem (Parts I and II) will be featured in my future-planned second book for publication. Best!! Gary
Date: 9/30/2017 8:00:00 PM
Hello Gary, sorry for the delay commenting, I read this fast but wanted to come back and read this slowly, and enjoy the poem, before commenting, you have expressed this so very well. I could say a lot but your poem does such a fine job, I can be silent!
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Date: 10/1/2017 2:30:00 PM
Thanks Arthur!! I'm very glad you enjoyed this particular narrative. I wish I could say it's about a fictional person and events, but, sadly, this is not the case. We can only hope for an early departure for the subject of this political verse. Time will tell. It can certainly get worse too!! Let us hope not!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 9/11/2017 9:53:00 AM
Gary when I read your work a prayer keeps popping into my head, " forgive them Father for they know not what they do". May the Lord be with us all, during these unsettling times my friend, Emile.
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Date: 9/11/2017 2:24:00 PM
Hello Emile, Thanks for taking a read of my rather-pointed political verse here. I do think the prayer that kept popping into your head is actually spot-on!! With the several major crises created from the 2016 election, to include the flood of WikiLeaks "fake news," and the obvious Russian attempts to tamper with the U.S. electoral process as a whole, these and others have only added to the unsettling times, in addition to present threats to world peace and security. Pray we must, and may the Lord be with all!! Cheers, Gary
Date: 9/9/2017 6:07:00 PM
Gary, Excellent poem that unfortunately is true. An ape of a man who disrespects woman and all decent people. I shudder to think of the destruction and havoc this baboon will turn loose on the world...thank you for the great write...Donna
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Date: 9/10/2017 11:03:00 AM
Hello Donna, Thanks for your read here and for your most descriptive comments!! They are most appreciated!! I do wish that this whole thing was some sort of a fantasy write, but it's not at all that way. As long as the Pied Piper is allowed to buffoon-his-way-along in his current position, I do think we may be in for some progressively darker and chilling times. Time will tell. Congress and the Judiciary may be obliged in the near-future to act sooner, rather than later!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 9/9/2017 5:04:00 PM
the pied piper is working along with a heap of rats and the snakes are crawling to his bidding and between the lot of them working in a sewer stirs a lot of lies always giving the three sixes when he speaks smiling excellent pen gary
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Date: 9/10/2017 10:50:00 AM
Me thanks you Brother Liam from the bottom of me little Irish heart for your image-laden and quite descriptive words here concerning the Pied Piper and his pool of lies and mistruths!! The three-sixes as he smiles, eh?? Your symbolism here is right on target. I'm very pleased that this write heightened your attention even further!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 9/9/2017 4:17:00 PM
Hi Gary, i am sure it has pained you to write this one but things must be said. You have written your feelings honestly. Many people inside and outside America think the way you do about this loon. What has happened to America? The world used to look in that direction. Now the world is beginning to look elsewhere. As always, your truths hit home. Why do people not see him for what he is? I tell you what, i am afraid that this nuts finger is on the red button. Your Friend....Mike.
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Date: 9/10/2017 10:42:00 AM
Thanks Mike for your read of Pied Piper - Part One!! It's most appreciated!! Yes, for sure, in many respects this one was painful to write as I had to think about many of the just plain-wrong things that have occurred since the Piper took his golden throne in the White House. And, despite the detail of my research and what went into this narrative, there was just so much more to talk about than I had reasonable space for. I'm personally shocked and saddened by all that's occurred. America has been that harbor of freedom and democracy which has played an indispensable role in helping to bring peace and stability to the world, among many other great contributions. All of that now is at risk with this erratic person at the helm of power!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 9/7/2017 2:58:00 PM
- A political poem of greatest quality, Gary - The reality must be seen, heard and understood once and for all ... we only have this earth - Proud of you, my friend - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/7/2017 3:54:00 PM
Thanks Dear Anne-Lise!! As both an American and a retired military veteran, despite the satire, irony and my strong words and thoughts, it was painful to write this one -- but in the end, very necessary. As I told you earlier, imagine writing something of this nature in Russia, China, Turkey and other dictatorial countries. Their jails and prisons are full of dissenters, writers, poets, and others who just want to flourish and breathe the air of democracy and freedom. I'm glad you liked this one very much!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 9/7/2017 2:33:00 PM
Mein freund Gary, this is a profoundly outstanding poem that everyone should read and profit from it! Seldom we witness such depth and comprehension of today's political scene and of society in general! It goes without saying that it is a fave for me! Congratulations my friend. Wunderbar!
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Date: 9/7/2017 4:09:00 PM
Hallo Herr Professor!! Demetrios, Ich bedanke mich sehr hier fuer deinen Kommentar. Das ist wirklich die Wahrheit, nicht war?? This one did take some time to unfold in my mind as I wrote the verses, and thought about what to say. (It ended up right at 1,444 words of short-story length. I could've easily made it a regular short story too!!) Thanks for your advice on the formatting aspect too my good friend!! And thanks for The FAVE!! Cheers and Best, Gary