These Rhapsodies

Policies they wish to fight.
Since they begin to become quite frightened.
Bitterness incites,
The politically self righteous.

A losing of their might.
And greed fed leisures slim their diets.
And this displeases them to fits.
A worthlessness now visits.

Less dining by candlelight.
And padlocked doors now shut so tight.
From penthouses are flights of fancy gone.
By those with noses once held high.
And no cab ride on credit is warned.

And these rhapsodies,
Once sung by greedy people.
Are played now on the streets.
And heard by those seen weeping.

And these rhapsodies,
Leave empty silent condos.
To dormant whims...
And shocked to handouts to them given.

And these rhapsodies,
Whining now on knees.
Hoping to awaken,
From such nightmarish screams.

And these rhapsodies,
Linger on in ears...
Of those who fix their eyes upon,
The ones who caused their tears!

A losing of their might.
And greed fed leisures slim their diets.
And this displeases them to fits.
A worthlessness now visits.

And these rhapsodies,
Once sung by greedy people.
Are played now on the streets.
And heard by those seen weeping.

And these rhapsodies,
Linger on in ears...
Of those who fix their eyes upon,
The ones who caused their tears!

And these rhapsodies,
Linger on in ears...
Of those who fix their eyes,
To see a people now in fear.
The same ones who once jeered!

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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