Tyrant: NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 19: The Rant


Your arguments are specious, without a gram of proof,
but when we try to point this out, you only seem aloof.
Though you fancy that you’ve sex appeal and charm and woo and sizzle,
your expected rain of compliments turns out to be a drizzle.

That odor you find fragrant with which you mask your stench
would not be necessary if you were just a mensch*,
but the bald reality that you need to face
is that most of your actions are selfish, rude and base.

All your resolutions sworn to in the past
were but fabrications never meant to last.
In short, you are a narcissist thinking of you alone
with a thousand selfish vanities for which you won’t atone.

That’s why, my dear, you sit there in your ivory tower
wondering why your riches, your accomplishments and power
somehow do not satisfy when done for yourself only,
for all your grand accomplishments just leave you feeling lonely.

*mensch: a person of integrity and honor

The NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a humorous rant. In this poem, you may excoriate to your heart’s content all the things that get on your nerves.
Prompts today are sizzle, fragrant, past, specious and reality.images from Unsplash, used with permission

15 thoughts on “Tyrant: NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 19: The Rant

  1. krstaten

    This was quite cathartic to read. I thought about writing a similarly themed poem, but didn’t trust I could make it remotely humorous and decided to keep my blood pressure reasonably low this morning. =P

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      1. krstaten

        I go back and forth between “Now that he’s out of office, I’m one thinking about him, I’ll focus that energy toward positive social change in a productive way,” and just…ever-present rage at knowing the upsetting aspects of our society that brought him to power and knowing that he reinforced those aspects so much once he had power.

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