Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Yes, We Can!"

This is an apparently rather controversial poem that I wrote a few weeks ago and posted on my Facebook page. It generated so much conversation, that I have decided to post it on my blog as well.

“Yes, We Can!”

“Come get your government hand-out!”
Hear your Uncle Sammy shout.
“Stimulous and stimuli,
Ain’t I just the nicest guy?”

“Need a bail-out, two, or three?
Who needs responsibility?
Come one, come all -- the purse is deep!
No need to go on losing sleep!”

“Give your execs that extra raise,
And the dear Dems all the praise.
Don’t worry where it’s coming from,
Just hold out your hands and get some!”

“Eight billion, nine, maybe ten?
Take your fill again and again!
Santa Obama loves you all,
Whether your sins are big or small.”

“Tomorrow’s kids can pay the bill,
Surely you don’t think that we will!
Let the future handle the debts,
That’s where our great strategy sets.”

“You’re happier now than before--
Although we forgot to end the war.
And we did insult some foreign heads--
But so what? - They were mostly reds.”

“Keep trusting us; we do so great,
Never mind the jobless rate.
Two steps back to go forward one,
Our brilliant work has just begun.”

“If you can’t see your present heaven,
There’s always chapter eleven!
People are starving, but be glad,
The last guy in was really bad!”

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"