Emancipation Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government …”  Thomas Jefferson


Emancipation Blues

Of privateers, corsairs, and buccaneers,
tales of derring-do,
no justice here,
self-serving thievery
a life of plunder and pillage
under the skull and thigh bones,
their fate by the winds
was wealth,
or, execution,
nowadays a fine
with spent conviction,
that’s how democracy goes.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, politics, Quadrille

29 responses to “Emancipation Blues – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Politicians and billionaires.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Sometimes they’re the same thing.


  3. It’s an irritating joke…

    Good poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amy

    no justice here, self-serving thievery– So very truth!!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. You say it, the way it is. It’s hard not to feel despair, at times.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. and the gap widens … big companies not taxed, middle man squeezed tighter! Tipping more below the poverty line …

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Ahhh sooo true Paul..so true..

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I’m sad with what’s happening but a beautiful poem, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Crime hasn’t changed, the punishment questionable.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lync56

    A great poem


    Liked by 1 person

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