August 10, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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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



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


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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