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While You Were Sleeping

A speaker stands upon a hill, he talks of change and hope And while you're at the ballot box he's knotting up a rope. A general kills another man whose children scream and cry And while you watch the tragic news more sons are sent to die. A CEO accepts applause for giving good returns And while you're waiting for your share an oil platform burns. An actor stands upon the scene of profit, death, and greed And while you're shopping for your food he tells you what you need. A weatherman predicts the end with charts, and graphs, and curves And while you're driving to your job you wonder who he serves. A banker says, "Fear not my friends". He smiles and shakes your hand And while you're working for your home the sheriffs seize your land. A cleric preaches peace and love with words like truth and fear And while you're praying for the world a martyr's bomb you hear. A doctor tries to heal the sick by giving out a pill And while you're staring through the wall he's making out the bill. A policeman shines his leather boots which help protect and serve And while your protest goes unheard he steps on your last nerve.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 1/4/2011 4:45:00 PM
Between the media and the political jokes we have as public "servants", we are on a major down hill slide. Every time I drive by the horses and they are facing the other direction, I think Congress must be in session. Vince
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Date: 12/31/2010 6:58:00 PM
Darrin, congrats on your featured poem of the week. Hope you are enjoying the new year. May you be blessed with a wonderful & joyful New Year! Take care*Luv~SKAT
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Date: 12/28/2010 6:54:00 AM
Congrats on having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup home page this week. Please keep your creative caps on, let your poetry pen keep painting your poetry pads with colors of creativity. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a wonderful week ahead. Love always, Adeleke
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Date: 12/27/2010 6:37:00 PM
A great rhyming way to describe the ubiquitous hypocrisy in the world. This is pervasively descriptive with very appropriate rhyming throughtout. An impressive presentation!
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Date: 12/27/2010 8:41:00 AM
Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week at PoetrySoup Darrin. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/27/2010 1:38:00 AM
Awesome, intense poem and very though provoking.
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Date: 11/21/2010 9:53:00 AM
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Date: 11/21/2010 8:24:00 AM
Thought provoking write on different facets of life, Darrin
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