October 9, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Norberto Franco Cisneros




The New Reich



Out in the west,

we pray for rain

we are thirsty

The land is arid and barren

Nothing grows


On the eastern side of America torrents fall

becoming rivulets, turning into fast-moving water

rushing to the sea; the collector of rainwater and waste, especially human

government money disappears along with usable rainwater spiraling into effluence


But funds abound for the wealthy and for war

but not the elderly or poor or those needing healthcare

those planning to cut Social Security say there will be no more handouts

as the old are burdens on society


The future belongs to young America

but there’s not enough money to pay for college

to maintain America’s intellectual status in the world

How about taxing the wealthy?

Can’t be done, they have too many friends in high places who protect them


Who is making these dastardly decisions?

The weak representatives and blustering senators

and corporations making huge amounts of money enslaving the world’s destitute

but they must know the value of a dollar, but do they?


Chasing the almighty buck

is the continuing American saga

there’s nothing new about it

always beholden to money grinding businesses

and forever indebted to some corporation’s credit column


It’s the old American Dream if you want to make it up the ladder

forget the Constitution and Bill of Rights

they’re obsolete, ignore them

erase the old principles of truth, honor, loyalty and trust


Corporations are the new people

Only the pursuit of profits is acceptable and rewarded

Philosophy, religion, faith and justice don’t pay the bills

people are becoming obsolete; robots lie in wait

“But your lives will be better,” politicians say


I guess we all know corporations’ needs are more important than people’s

It will be great to be an American in the future, if you’re white

Where everything up is down, and down is almost always synonymous

With sideways and where everybody agrees with the leader

and casts all votes for the parched blond haired hog or his facsimile.






The new American Lebensraum (Nazi ideology), excludes those deemed to be community aliens or belonging to an “inferior” race.

Of course, in today’s American Lebensraum anybody not Caucasian is deemed inferior.


Definition of Lebensraum: a deep understanding of mass psychology and mass propaganda.

Hitler stressed the fact that all propaganda must hold its intellectual level at the capacity of the least intelligent of those at whom it is directed and that its truthfulness is much less important than its success.


“According to Hitler: It is part of a great leader’s genius to make even widely separated adversaries appear as if they belonged to one category, because among weak and undecided characters the recognition of various enemies all too easily marks the beginning of doubt of their own rightness.


The Nazi ideology rejects rationalism, liberalism, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and all movements of international cooperation and peace, it stressed instinct, the subordination of the individual to the state, and the necessity of blind and unswerving obedience to leaders appointed from above.


The disillusionment, pauperization, and frustration—particularly among the lower and middle classes—paved the way for the success of the propaganda of Hitler and the Nazis.”


Trumpites, do you see any similarities with what you are being told?

It is prudent and cautious to know what you’re voting for and whom you are allowing to rule you and our nation!






Hovering Black Clouds May Linger



A black cold cloud hovers over America

the cloud is dark because it has no soul

it presents itself as benevolent

but its actions come from Lucifer’s psyche


People congregate by the thousands

to pay homage and praise him

people hail and revere his presence

he has no peer

he is boastful but the outside world does not believe him

Instead they laugh and ridicule his speeches


The World body sees through his lies and has no respect

So what is wrong with our country?

What’s our problem?

Why does he have such a stranglehold on America?


Could it be the chickens have come home to roost?

In the form of poor education and an inability to judge

simple charlatans who spin tales

of confusion and discord among the people?


Could it be the stunted minds of many Americans?

Could it be the media has become entertainment

and truthful information with intelligent due diligence is not profitable;

have American’s minds been programmed to expect diversions instead of real news?


Without a proper education

we the people lack the ability to think critically,

this allows us to wallow in the charlatan’s cesspool

and the chief clown Lords it over the faithful many


Is that how this Democracy is lost?

by caring about the wrong things

we feel the lament

we cry, oh, what we could have been.






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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