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When Elected Leaders Turn Kings: A Satirical Rhyme with Food for Thought

Val enjoys writing his own style of what resembles poetry, just hoping to catch someone's heart on the same page.


The difference between democracy and dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later, in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

-- Charles Bukowski

This pandemic could have pry-opened our eyes

about the absolute power that our leaders enjoy

with no voice of opposition, or even public outcry

making any difference even as much as to annoy.

Doesn't that remind you of the power of a king

who is not answering to anybody higher

able to impose just about anything

even when caught as a liar.

As the Big Pharma makes them a juicy deal

one that no greedy leader could possibly refuse

it stops being of any consequence what people feel

for now it's a time to exercise some king's power abuse.

So a Grand Medical Poobah gets installed

to whose word no one is allowed to oppose

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making sure all "second opinions" get walled

now whatever that witch-doctor says -- it goes.

What ever happened with that democratic rule

with leader serving people, not other way around

without making each voter feeling like a played fool

not remembering when elected jerk was also crowned.

With power of police to enforce their will

they act like tyrants -- "for your own good"

all the suppressed protests counting to a nil

and they did it all -- simply because they could.

Then at next election time, king turns to beggar again

humbly begging for votes, holding babies, kissing butts

with a trained careerist's hypocrisy so obvious and plain

while waiting for the time to be a king and treat us as nuts.

Like horses already used to a little oats and lot of whip

we're bound to fall for it, again, with our devoted trust

and once when their royal power has got a full grip

we, the royal subjects will be doing what we must.

© 2022 Val Karas

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