Slaughterhouse Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Slaughterhouse Blues

according to the federal reserve forecasts,
the banks are saying,
the minister is saying,
the government is saying,
the leader of the opposition is saying,
the party machine is saying,
the person on the street is parroting,
babies are repeating,
even the unborn are mouthing,
what a plausible thing,
what a singularly wonderful moment,
what a magical outcome,
what a superb turnaround,
a miracle,
a mighty effort,
such brilliance;
that we have succumbed to,
and believed,
the lies garnered to seduce us,
as if they were life-giving truths,
and, in spite of knowing this very fact,
we accept the unreality,
as if paying for sex,
or gambling our last dollar,
this colourful fabrication,
this political fornication
engineered for us to swallow,
leading us on,
like cattle down the race
to the slaughter,
that we gladly celebrate,
drives me completely spare,
as I swim the other way,
with the moniker of mad.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, poem, politics

28 responses to “Slaughterhouse Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Lyn CANNON

    Powerful and confronting


    Liked by 3 people

  2. You really hit the nail on the head!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. I fear we are in real peril, given that too often the spin on situations
    supersedes truth.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. “Political Fornication” is the right term … and they do it shamelessly and so publicly yet still we follow like sheeple 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  5. And it doesn’t seem to matter what the subject matter is, the response is always the same – flibberty-gibbet responses that make them appear … [something?].
    I think I’ll join you on the mad side, ‘cos it’s all that’s left to make sense of what we’re seeing, hearing, being told to believe

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  6. A brilliant and powerful poem about the propaganda we have to deal with every day.

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  7. There are many of us out there Paul…but still a silent minority.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Harsh reality of today’s world.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. So well expressed. Makes me want to pull all of my hair out.

    Liked by 1 person

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