September 20, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Norberto Franco Cisneros




Difficult Restorations



His pants are down to his knees now

his face is red with embarrassment

trying to cover his misdeeds but his butt is exposed

and here comes Mueller charging with a two by four


Joy to the world, joy to the world

but there’s not much joy in America

the damage to the country was extensive

Americans will pick up the tab

and, as usual, restorations will be costly


This pretender-in-chief giving huge tax cuts to the rich and himself

is responsible for the nation’s deficits as far as the eye can see

at a time when conservatives should have spoken they lost their tongues and acquiesced

his immigration reform never took hold;

deep down people hate walls


After listening to his relentless lies

the beginning of extracting offenders is a very long journey

deceived citizens have a hard time believing the truth

the unjust world he tried to build is crumbling

and surely to fall on all of us


Whether he goes to jail or not

America is a great country

not because it’s partial to rich people getting away from punishment

who steal from the working man

but the corrupt will always be found and gouged out


But maybe this is the time Democracy makes a big leap forward

when scoundrels get their just rewards and politicians focus on people

not filling their own coffers or the corporations that front them

in democracies obstacles abound, but the most dangerous are the crooks on the inside


We must get back to a modest life to insure our survival as a species

entrusted to us by posterity and evolved intelligence

but the road is long and arduous and we must be forever vigilant

if we want to preserve this democratic Republic for future generations






Truth About Winners And Losers



Integrity lives

As long as people know the antonym


Honor will never die

As long as people know the sacrifice


Patriotism is a two edged sword

One edge cuts on the side of righteousness


The other on the side of wickedness

Wickedness suppresses facts


Facts are important

They support the truth


Truth survives

When people practice it


Otherwise, truth fails

And the wicked win.






Norberto Franco Cisneros

My poems have been published in the following publications: Indiana University Journal Chiricu; Avocet Review (Avocet Press); Snow Jewel (Grey Sparrow Press); Ilumen (Mouthfeel Press/ Sam’s Dot Publishing) and several others, including e-zines, Black Petals, Ruhatish and have been a Featured Poet in Poetry Soup

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