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Don’t you hear the mockingbird
trilling out the whole absurd
story of the passing year,
giving voice to shock and fear?
Listen to the mourning dove,
warning us from far above,
the starlings, wrens and birds of prey.
Our debts all nature has to pay.
How can it be that those in power
sit and ponder and yet cower,
too intent on their own needs
to enact necessary deeds
to bring a tyrant fool to task—
to do what all the sane men ask?
Shame on these godly well-heeled men
who fold their hands and say amen,
but let sick children go untreated,
tenements to go unheated,
our waterways to be polluted,
laws and edicts instituted
that benefit the filthy rich
to raise themselves another niche
while milling masses unenlightened
vote heedless as their belts are tightened,
favoring the autocrats
in fear of what the democrats
“might” do, when all around them all
democracy proceeds to fall.
Hear her there, up on the limb,
surveying all who follow him?
Simple nature mocking us?
Laughing at our furious fuss?
Perhaps more knowing than we know
when raging fires and piles of snow
assault us, it is nature’s way
to lead us and to have its say.
We cannot think of only our
needs and exercise our power
for special interests without paying.
This is what all of nature’s saying.
Mudslides, hurricanes and drought
may show us what it’s all about.
Balance, sanity and sharing
fairness, ecology and caring
will bring about a world that’s lasting
beyond our legislature’s casting.
God-fearing men, do you care
about how your children fare?
And as those whom we’ve elected,
oh so naïvely selected
pad their pockets and close their eyes,
our world around us swiftly dies.
Those are the truths clearly absurd
told to us by the mockingbird.
He sits above on swaying limb.
Why are the masses deaf to him?
The prompt today is trill.