Strike Writers

Used to be the poet
was the clown
got struck down
when the king’s laugh
turned to a frown
on truth masked in
rhythm, rhyme
and hints of the sublime.

Now everyone wants
a piece of the action
automated reaction
in post hallucinogenic
times the rhymes
come via Madison Avenue
reworked to push your panic button
encourage your inner glutton.

Your future is what you write
to defend with your life the right
to be who you are and say
what needs to be said
when it needs saying
paying the price
for being a poet
knowing it in a place

where there is no money
but truth is sweet like honey.

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