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Red Tape Poems

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Why you need me because
You need me because 
I have my own spanners,
And I am always on the lookout for loose nuts,
I also know where the best bolt holes are.

You need me because
I can be that spanner in the works,
When vested interests take over...Read More
Categories: red tape, age, appreciation, art, blessing, community, confidence, dedication,
Form: Blitz

Oh How Then
Oh How Then
The powers that be took us into this mess
And we as people decided to act
Yes that’s right we banged our pans and spoons
You there over there yes you in Europe
With your plans and...Read More
Categories: red tape, immigration, parody, political,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member red and yellow tape
-yellow tape
circling a house
a community 
a sinking city
wrapping around 
a country
the earth
the heart of the
red  tape
slapped over the mouths of 
prophets and priests
artists and athletes
red and yellow tape wrapped 
around the throat of hope...
mothers burying sons
over turf -cheap dope-religion-greed
warlords-...Read More
Categories: red tape, universe,
Form: Free verse
Dishing out fair
You can't dish out fairness like you do lollies,
As what is fair for one is not fair for all.

Sooner or later you will be dishing out unfairness,
As you try to please all.

Communities may be better judges of what is fair,
Than...Read More
Categories: red tape, age, analogy, business, community, courage, faith, hope,
Form: Imagism
Premium Member Bygone Days
Bygone Days
Written: By Tom Wright

Remember the slogan
 “Haskell is moving, are you pushing?

The railroad depot stands no more
In the spot it occupied for so long.
Instead in it’s space, a Homeland store,
But in my memory it doesn’t belong.

Just across the street...Read More
Categories: red tape, age, eulogy, time,
Form: Lyric

Muscle bound
Are we heading for the same fate as civilisations past?
As we grow too fast,
On too big a repast.

Our muscles bound up in red tape,
Bending us into the wrong shape,
To look more like an ape.

Taking happy pills,
Instead of paying the bills,
Only...Read More
Categories: red tape, analogy, animal, autumn, blue, clothes, confusion, hope,
Form: Imagism
We Hate You

It is in the petty dribble of officialdom
the authoritarian contempt
snarls it’s canine hate of standardization

Vindictive in the files of paperwork
the red tape cold blooded ribbon 
of your demoralisation

Faceless, emotionless
regurgitated institution
the implacable tax on being human

Each printed facet of a fascist...Read More
Categories: red tape, discrimination, political, society,
Form: Free verse

Count Pat was a bald aristocrat
Dreamt of becoming a bureaucrat
He loved riddles and red tape
Leaving folks with mouth agape
Cherishing most games of mouse and cat

Submitted on August 31, 2018, for contest ANY ANIMAL OR CREATURE LIMERICK sponsored by CHARLES MESSINA...Read More
Categories: red tape, dream, fun, games, hope, satire, silly, work,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member Defaulted Leaders
I wish you would’ve told me,
That I was no longer worth your time.

Your back-handed alabaster murmurs
Stroll passed my skeptical exhales
As I greeted you like adults should

But, your whitened pupils
Spoke louder
Than your failed dreams
To be a people-person

I wish you would’ve said
That...Read More
Categories: red tape, leadership, life, people,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member I am not the person you see
I am not the person you see

I am not the person you see,
There’s a fool, a clown inside me.
Shackled by my chains and red tape,
Only in solitude does madcap escape.
Sometimes I yearn to let go,
Be the extrovert only I know.
Show...Read More
Categories: red tape, how i feel, i am, lonely,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member The blind alley ways
Red tape maps certain ugly areas not yet examined properly 
as the bad paths are clearly marked as worthless dust blown away 
over a passage of time we need to live within the strength of obedience 

To the very letter...Read More
Categories: red tape, faith, forgiveness, god, hope, love, red, symbolism,
Form: Verse
Ring fencing Initiative
Do you feel like you are are bound up in red tape and rules,
That are strangling your initiative,
Do you feel like you are wearing a  straight jacket,
That makes bending the rules even a little a danger to your wellbeing.
Do...Read More
Categories: red tape, adventure, appreciation, best friend, blessing, celebration, change,
Form: Imagism
Like mother used to make
There's something that they're putting in the water and we really ought to know just what it is

and some who're bound up in red tape won't believe that we're being poisoned by behavioural conditioning 

I think that this is absolutely...Read More
Categories: red tape, anger, truth,
Form: Rhyme
A cautionary tail

Herr Heinrich Schneider and his spouse
Felt the need to wander,
And for once to leave their house
For a land that lay far yonder.

Japan at cherry-blossom time!
No better place than this
Enthralled the German couple’s mind.
The chance they would not miss.

"But what of...Read More
Categories: red tape, dog,
Form: Didactic
Red Tape
Asset rich and cash poor
Farming’s now a constant war
Stupid rules; I’ve had enough
It’s getting hard and bloody rough.
More rules and forms come everyday
A thousand bastards want their say!

Some greenie wants to save my trees
Another thinks I’m killing bees.
Needs records now...Read More
Categories: red tape, anger, animal, environment, farm,
Form: Rhyme
Causualties of War
None of us live forever were the words I'd often hear.
Words softly spoken from a man I held so dear.

He taught me to be brave and stand for what is right.
He said don't ever give up my child, never go...Read More
Categories: red tape, angel, death, health, military,
Form: Rhyme

I had fired off curses, you’d forever been strong.
Like a crapshoot endeavor of a serious wrong.
I know i’ll reap my sowing, so change of practice is best.
So I read biblical scripture, and then I confess.
How you...Read More
Categories: red tape, love,
Form: Lyric
I am an Empty Soul
I am an empty soul; I simply have no drive, it’s a wonder that I can survive
I am too depressed and I feel no rest; I always feel this pain deep in my chest
Life is full of lies and my...Read More
Categories: red tape, absence, angst, dark, sad,
Form: Rhyme
Victimless Crimes
 I read the definition again Insanity
 What degree is Humanity
 None before the temple feast Profanity                       ...Read More
Categories: red tape, humor, word play,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Why Is Red Tape Red
Why Is Red Tape Is Red

Now why would you say red tape is red.
All I wanted was a form to be signed.
First It had to be copied, so I was led
To a copy machine without a mind.

After a few tries,...Read More
Categories: red tape, fun, humorous,
Form: Light Verse

All the pretence of innocence
The rules that one invents
Laws that must be seen to be
Beyond the reach of devilry

Those in power can circumvent
As they like, with full intent
Legal eagles can but try
To keep your vision from the lie

All in all...Read More
Categories: red tape, freedom, philosophy, political,
Form: Rhyme
Branding, Ouch
So I’ve heard that some kids are bullying each other

Over not having really expensive shoes or clothing cover


When did we get so shallow?

If you have to mentally scar someone

Shouldn’t it be over something that actually matters?

Religious and political hate crimes

Seem...Read More
Categories: red tape, middle school, political,
Form: I do not know?

Sam Kinisin had laryngitis
the yellow brick road was checkered
a child stands in the corner 
for punishment
the woman in glasses screams
at 8:53 AM

I save the girl
from drowning
and she tells me 
I owe her one

the observation wheel spins...Read More
Categories: red tape, beautiful, birth, city, deep, natural disasters, night,
Form: Free verse
The Trump
When taken out of context
one can only be The Trump.
The media on the offense
and Donald as the chump.

With free speech for a convict
the media hopes will be.
And no more natural speeches
that no ones feeling free.

This Trump who knows his business
and...Read More
Categories: red tape, celebrity,
Form: Quatrain
Rebuild With You
It's from the ground up, that we have to rebuild. Because our love is not dead but the trust has been killed. It's blood was spilled and it was laid to rest. So how do you rebuild, when no trust...Read More
Categories: red tape, love, poems, poetry, together,
Form: Prose