Memorial Day Weekend Thoughts

Thinking about
our Government
on Memorial Day Weekend

inspired by Psalm 66
Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 25, 2011

You haven’t made it easy, God;
life is not a picnic –
we’ve been troubled
and tempted
and tossed on the grill
more times
than we like
to remember;

even now,
when we should be relaxing;
sitting in the park
eating hot dogs
and watching clouds
saunter slowly
across the peaceful sky

there is another
problem;
another
wise guy
with a plan,
a pompous ass
with a promise,
a politician
with a platform
that can only
bring us harm;

look over there,
no there,
on the other side
of that valley,
at a different country,
across the pond,
in another nation,
up on that mountain …
anywhere
but here.

They love
to point fingers
in every direction;
to distract
and dissemble,
to exaggerate,
accuse,
and blame

and never
admit
to anything.

Pettifogging
prevaricators
smug, smirking
snakes,
guilt-free
and photogenic;

there is no one
to trust,
not a soul
we can believe in,
not a single voice
that speaks
the truth.

Was it always thus?
Have the thoughtless thugs
and self-centered slimeballs
survived and thrived,
despoiled
and defiled,
while the meek inherit
the mess?

So here we are, God,
calling on You
again
for help
and inspiration,
for strength
and optimism:

give us the vision
to see new beginnings
amid the ruins,
and the courage
to live
for the truth
in a world
of illusions.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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