Poetry

August 10, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Filip Bunkens photo

 

By

Jake Aller

 

 

The Decline of America

 

 

You see it everywhere

The unmistakable signs

 

That the decline of America

Is in full swing

 

And we have gone past the tipping point

There is nowhere left to go

But downward

 

As the Empire begins to collapse

Victim of imperial overreach

Like all empires before

 

The DC metro on a good day

Is a broken-down remnant

Of a once proud system

 

The future of mass transit

Its proponents said

 

The interstate highway system

Is falling apart day by day

 

The cost of rebuilding America mounts

And our politicians are afraid

That it will costs trillions of dollars

 

Just to prevent the US from collapsing

Into third world irrelevance

 

We have the world’s most expensive military

A million dollars per missile

 

And yet we can’t find the money

To provide decent health care for all

 

Bombs, and tax cuts for the wealthy

Are the only things

That the Republicans care about

 

And the world looks in amazement

At the clown boy President

 

As he struts about

Looking more and more

Like some Banana Republic

President for life

 

With his family grabbing as much loot

As they can

From the federal government

 

Before the coming revolution

Overthrows them

 

When did we start this decline?

Some say 1960s started it

Others say Nixon’s to blame

 

Others claim that it was Carter’s fault

Or Saint Reagan’s fault

 

Or the other boy President GW Bush

Or Obama the fake American’s fault

 

Does it really matter

All I know

Is the America I knew

 

The can do anything country

Is alas no more

 

And I mourn for our lost liberties

Our lost sense of purpose

 

Our lost sense that America

Was the last great hope of Mankind

 

And still I wonder

Can America be made great again?

As our President Trump proclaims

 

The end times approaches

Nuclear war is talked about

 

Another missile crisis

And instead of JFK leading the country

We have Donald John Trump

 

The one and only

The greatest con man

To ever get elected

 

And I fear the end is in sight

As America begins its decline

 

Will we be one country

Or will we erupt into a civil war

 

The right claims that the left has started it

And the left claims that the right has started it

 

And both sides claim that the civil war

Is inevitable

A fight for the future of our country

 

And so, it goes

The decline of empires

 

And I pray

That I may survive

The end of times

 

 

 

 

 

The Dogs of War are Howling

 

 

The Dogs of War

Have been set free

Of their cage

 

And are out

Howling at the moon

 

The Dogs of War

Have been set free

 

To wreck what havoc

Might be

 

Yes, the Dogs of War

The Hell Hounds

Have bound out of their cages

 

Sniffed about

And smiled

 

At the destruction they saw

They knew soon

 

They would be in their element

As the world descends into chaos

 

The Dogs of war

Are at foot

 

The chaos is upon us

The evil grows and grows

 

And dark noises are heard

Here and there

 

And the dogs of war

Smiled

 

They knew soon

They would be in their element

 

The war machine

Came to life

 

The plans came out of the books

The military might is unleashed

 

And the Dogs of war

Smiled and howled at the moon

 

And the rest of the world

Shuddered

At the thought of what was yet to be

 

Satan on the other hand

Was happy as can be

 

With the evil shit

That was going down

 

He smiled

Patted his hell hounds

And told his dogs

 

The war to end all wars

Armageddon is upon us my friend

 

Soon, mankind will know

The face of absolute evil

 

And they will love it

When I take over

 

The armies prepare

The bombers prepare

 

And the dogs of war

Are happy

Unleashed to do their mischief

 

And soon millions may die

And the pits of hell

Will open up

 

And the judgement day

May be upon us all

 

Madness descends upon the land

The fog of hate envelops us all

 

And reason and civilization

Fall away

 

As the Dogs of War

And their minions

Take over the minds of man

 

And the end of the world

And the beginning of the end times

Come upon us all

 

The usual lies descend upon the world

Kim Jong un is evil personified

 

He must be destroyed over there

Before he can destroy us over here

 

The lies continue unabated

And Kim plays along

With each day unleashing another threat

 

With Trump and his minions

Responding in time

 

Saying the time for talk is over

The time for robust action is here

 

The machinery of war

Once unleashed

Can’t easily be stopped

 

There is a certain cruel logic

That demands that the war go on

 

And people die

And people suffer

 

And the US goes bankrupt

Morally and fiscally

 

And the evil that men do

Goes on and on and on

 

But the war machine must be fed

The munitions makers must be paid

 

As each million dollar missile is launched

Millions more are made

 

And the corporations

Think of the endless profits

To be made

 

Every time they kill

With the war machines

 

But who cares about the victims

They are nothing but collateral damage

 

Who cares about the soldiers

Nothing but cannon fodder

 

Who gives a damn

About the dead

They are dead and gone

 

Just think about the profits

Think about the profits

 

Satan is happy

The dogs of war are free at last

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Aller

John (“Jake” ) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries – Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain and Thailand, and traveled to 45 countries during his career.

Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed two novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, and the Great Divorce) and is pursuing publication. He has been writing poetry all his life and has published his poetry in electronic poetry forums, including All Poetry, Moon Café and Duane’s Poetree (under the name Jake Lee). He is looking forward to transitioning to his third career – full-time novelist and poet after completing his second career as a Foreign Service officer, and his first career as an educator overseas for six years upon completion of his Peace Corps service in South Korea.

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