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GOVT OF THE CORPS, BY THE CORPS, FOR THE CORPS

21st century life, bottom line, corporations, performance, poem

I take an issue that matters to me, and I run with it, pun with it, play around with sounds and meanings, let my mind dance to the rhythm, until I've got a poem. I have no idea ahead of time what I'll come up with!! And then I keep modifying it. Here's the YouTube of a possible final version of GOVT OF THE CORPS, BY THE CORPS, FOR THE CORPS, an issue that matters to everyone, even to those who don't yet know it! 

And here's the text:

GOVERNMENT OF THE CORPS, BY THE CORPS, FOR THE CORPS

THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED IN CITIZENS UNITED VERSUS THE F.E.C.
THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PERSONS, AND HAVE RIGHTS LIKE YOU,LIKE ME
CORPS DON’T WALK LIKE US NOR TALK LIKE US
NOR CONTEMPLATE NOR MEDITATE,
YET THEY MAY SAY WHATEVER THEY PLEASE
SPEND UNTOLD AMOUNTS TO SAY IT
THEY CREATE A LIE WITH EASE
THEN MAKE INFINITE ADS TO CONVEY IT

HERE IS THE CHURCH, HERE IS THE STEEPLE
OUR SUPREME COURT’S CREATED A NEW KIND OF PEOPLE
IT DIDN’T EVEN NEED AN EMBRYO
JUST JUSTICES SELECTED BY THE PARTY OF NO
INVENTED INDIVIDUALS WITH A STRANGE CONSTITUTION
UNWORRIED BY POVERTY, POISONS, POLLUTION
WHO CLAIM THAT GOVERNMENT IS NEVER THE SOLUTION
HI, LIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIE LIE LIE

SO, SIT SIT SIT, YOU CITIZENS, DENIZENS OF DEMOCRACY
ANALYZE DEMOCRACY’S DEMISE WITH THE RISE OF THE CORPORATION
THE WHY’S OF THE RISE, THE LIES OF THE RISE,
THE REJECTION OF INPUT, FROM THOSE WHO ARE WISE,
WISE ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE, THAT A CORP IS NOT ALIVE.
IT NEEDS A LEGAL SYSTEM IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.
IT’S A HUMAN-MADE ENTITY,
DESIGNED TO LIMIT LIABILITY, WITHOUT LIMITING ABILITY TO LIE.
HI, LIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIE LIE LIE

SO, SIT SIT, HUMAN CITIZENS, DENIZENS OF DEMOCRACY,
SIZE UP THE SITUATION
SEIZE TODAY TO SEE THE WAY CITIZENS UNITED AFFECTS OUR NATION
THINK OF VOTING MACHINES, MADE BY DIEBOLD’S CORPORATION,
THINK OF SHOW BIZ NEWS, LYING ADS, VOTER INTIMIDATION
THINK OF FLORIDA IN 2000, OHIO IN 2004
IF ONLY WE’D GOTTEN THE PRESIDENT THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR!

WITH CORPORATE MOUTHS WHERE THE MONEY IS,
POLITICS BECOMES SHOW BIZ,
EVERYTHING’S BIZ, EVERYTHING’S BUZZ,
MONEY SEE, MONEY DOES
COUNT YOUR MONEY, MONEY COUNTS,
MONEY BAGS SPEND HUGE AMOUNTS
TO BLANKET THE MEDIA WITH SKEWED NEWS
REPEATED ENOUGH, LIES SOUND LIKE TRUTHS
REPEATED ENOUGH, LIES SOUND LIKE TRUTH
SHOW-BIZ NEWS DOESN’T NEED PROOF
CORPORATIONS OWN THE STATIONS, CORPORATIONS BUY THE ADS
CORPORATIONS RUN THE NEWS, CORPORATIONS: CORPORATE VIEWS
HI, LIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIE LIE LIE,

THE BALD-FACED ELITE WITH BALD-FACED LIES
TAX THE POOR, TO GIVE TO THE RICH, AND NEVER, NEVER COMPROMISE
THEN THESE RICH, THESE RICH NABOBS, EAT CAVIAR OR SHISH-KABOBS
AND WORRY THEMSELVES TO DEATH, ABOUT WHAT THEY’D HAVE LEFT
THE EXACT AMOUNTS, IN THEIR OVERSEAS ACCOUNTS
IF THEY HAD TO PAY MORE TAX, TO HELP THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
CHEAPER TO SEND THE POOR TO WAR, OR TO A PRIVATIZED PRISON,
KEEP THEM FROM SCHOOLS, KEEP THEM FROM VOTING,
THEY MIGHT WANT SOCIAL-ISM
RESTRICT THEM, ADDICT THEM,
TO GAMES AND PADS AND PODS AND TEXT
ALWAYS READY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ADDICT THEM NEXT

IT’S A HOP SKIP, NOT EVEN A JUMP NOR A LEAP
FROM NO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TO NO JOB TO KEEP
NO CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT GUN RIGHTS,
SHOOT FROM THE HIP, JUMP, LEAP, HOP, SKIP,
SKIP THE WORKERS, SKIP THE POOR, SKIP HOP, MAKE SURE
THOSE WHO HAVE A LOT, HAVE STILL MORE

WANNA SEAT IN CONGRESS? YOU GOTTA PAY
GOTTA, GOTTA, GOTTA LEARN TO SAY, THE MANY MANTRAS OF THE DAY
GOTTA GET THE PEOPLE HOOKED UP, TO WHATEVER’S COOKED UP
AND MAKE SURE WITH EVERYTHING YOU DO
SUPPORT THE CORPS, AND THEY’LL SUPPORT YOU
AND TAKE NOTE TAKE NOTE TAKE NOTE
FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE VOTERS PAY TO VOTE
THE CORPORATE POLECATS REINSTATE THE POLL TAX
AND CALL IT VOTER I.D.’S, AN IDEA BASED ON FANTASIES
THAT FRAUD IS RAMPANT, CHECK THE FACTS PLEASE.
VOTER I.D., VOTER SUPPRESSION, ONE MORE EXPENSE,
DURING A RECESSION
HI, LIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIELIELIELIELIE, LIE LIE LIE,

IT'S THOSE CORPS, THOSE CORPS, THOSE CORPORATIONS
THE PHENOMENON SYNONYMOUS WITH GREED
CREATED TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY
UNRELATED TO FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, NEED
DEVOID OF ETHICS, DEVOID OF MIND
MISSING THE CHIP THAT MIGHT MAKE THEM KIND
BLAME THE CORPS THE CORPS THE CORPORATIONS
WHO SAY NO TO HEALTH CARE NO TO JOB CREATION,
THEY'RE GLOBAL WARMING DENIERS, DESTROYERS OF NATIONS.
BLAME THE CORPS THE CORPS THE CORPORATIONS
THE GREEDY ROGUES WITH A BOTTOM LINE
WHO IGNORE THE CORPSE THE CORPSE THE CORPSES LEFT BEHIND
 

copyright Suzanne Rosenblatt 2012

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