Cynic’s Lament – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.” Thomas Sowell

Cynic's Lament

We decided one quiet rainy day to
quit our boredom and create a 
modern Prometheus , a simple form
recurring, better known today as a 
politician, and so we took a blank,
ironically, and proceeded.

We added one part deception,
two parts lies, three parts bullshit,
four parts hollow words, a dollop
of unreflected ego, some rhino hide,
a sprinkle of facade, along with an
oily smile.

The finished product required, 
we felt, a warning on the side,  
This Product Contains Zero Integrity,
Use With Caution, little did we know 
that this was the dawning of a 
modern horror story, now writ large.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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60 responses to “Cynic’s Lament – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Very sad and very true

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  2. Perfectly analysed and expressed

    Liked by 3 people

  3. such a horror story Paul sadly rightfully written.

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  4. Unfortunately, all too accurate. As we fast approach primary elections in our state, I’m finding it difficult to identify anyone worthy of a vote. Ugh!

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  5. Apropos as I read this article this morning: Dave Williams, the Republican state lawmaker representing Colorado Springs who is now challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in CO-5, will not be allowed to put “Let’s Go Brandon” as his middle name on the ballot. — Colorado Politics Where do these idiots come from?

    Sent from my iPhone


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  6. Ha! Very clever. I love the term “oily” smile.

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  7. That is pretty much a clear recipe for making a politician, Paul. Sad but accurate.

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  8. The “oily smile” is priceless 😆👌

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  9. Politics is a game where rules are made and ignored to benefit the players, not the spectators.

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  10. This is really depressing. I don’t know about other countries, but I’ve come to the conclusion that in the US the political system is so corrupt, anyone entering becomes corrupted as well, even if they went in with the best of intentions for the public good.

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  11. I think you forgot to mention the narcissism, but maybe it’s too carefully concealed under the façade of [cough] fake humility.

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  12. VJ

    Isn’t that the truth!

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  13. I know this is not meant to be funny, but I had to laugh in agreement!!

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  14. You have described it very well, Paul. Sounds like it came out a Putin!

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  15. So sadly true, Paul. Great poem, great quote too.

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  17. lync56

    Sadly so so true – loved the humour in this poem too


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