“Democracy”

We can vote all day

but the system can’t save us,

they are all Caesar.

 

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Jump

Well, sometimes we’re pushed

when we’re standing near the edge

but sometimes we jump

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Words

Are they only words

just letters pieced together

tell me, what’s stronger

what’s more powerful than words

than these sounds we make

to justify taking lives

if I create God,

tell me, of what use is it

without words that fit

into an epic story

all about glory

and honor and hope and faith

these sounds that we make

simple sounds they are indeed

they have led people

to forget humanity

and die for the greed

of rich men holding quill pens

scripting fate in ink

their words change fast as we blink

there’s no time to think

so we get drunk with our friends

and forget the pens

that these terrible men hold

we drool over gold

our souls have been sold to them

our minds polluted

but it’s only words, we think

so we ignore them

and we drink, and we drink more

and their words tell us

to support the war and pray

we don’t remember

what Jesus Christ had to say

on the mount that day

looking over Galilee

well, those are just words

they say, you don’t need those words,

“Blessed are the meek

blessed are the peacemakers,

blessed are the poor…

but woe to you who are rich

woe to the well fed…”

you don’t need to use these words

you can pray our way

stash your coins in jars of clay

and let the others

send off their children to war

and let the others

pay for it and remain poor

but these are just words

there’s no need for listening

just say, “Let freedom

ring” from sea to shining sea

thanks for your service

yellow ribbons on a tree

wave a flag with me

weapons of mass destruction

they’re out to get you

and me, so join the army

or join the navy

you can sail away for free

hell, they will pay you

and lay you down in a box

covered in a flag

when you die, your mom will cry

she will be so proud

with that gold star, she’ll stand out

in a crowd, always

feeling free for all her days

not knowing crime pays

if you are the government

we’ve only got words

not enough to pay the rent

but in God we trust

because, if not God then who?

what would Jesus do?

and no, freedom isn’t free

and you can trust me

I’ve got one eye, but I see

words are everything

you are worthless but I

well, I am a king

bring me gold and bring me sweat

don’t ever forget

that you are born into debt

and you can’t get out

by chasing dragons and dreams

things aren’t as they seem

no fooling, jester and king

they are all the same

and this is all just a game

and they wrote the rules

and they take us all for fools

but these are just words

so let’s learn to speak their tongue

and break the ladder

rung by rung by rung by rung

so we’re all equal

here on the ground together

and we can use words

only words, just simple words

with paper and pen

to write down the next chapter

to right all the wrongs

re-write patriotic songs

and take back the crown

melt it down to make a bell

and let freedom ring

justice is the only thing

that we should die for

let kings and queens fight the war

no more rich or poor

just people, fully equal

that’s human nature

if people say otherwise

then the words they speak

are slander against us all.

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We Are Teeth

People are born and people die

and these are just the facts

of nature and life.

Societies are born and societies die

and these are just the facts

of nature and life.

Some people die of old age,

once their bodies have broken down

and finally stopped working

they slowly decompose,

buried in the ground

after the skin is gone

the teeth and the hair

linger for a while.

 

People also die from disease and accidents

at any age.

People are also killed sometimes

by other people

for personal reasons

out of madness

or out of anger

or out of sadness

or they are killed by the state.

People are killed by chance

and people are killed by hate.

 

People can die anytime

but when do societies die?

and when societies die,

how long do their people linger?

Are we like teeth

or are we like hair

or are we like skin?

Maybe we’re less like skin

and more like teeth and hair

and maybe our society is already dead

and maybe that’s the reason we don’t care

that we’re creating multiple generations

of thousand yard stares

and mountains of bodies

killed without reservation

and when tax day comes

there is no hesitation

we pay

and we pay

and we pay

and we play by the rules

but our society is dead

and we are just fools

and we are unjust

and we are cruel

yes, we are a society

that has long been dead

and we have long been dead wrong

but we still get teary-eyed

and we still hum along

when the marching band plays

a patriotic song

and we don’t see the hen

as she scratches the dirt

of our unmarked grave

before she goes home

to lay her egg

in her old familiar coop

and the battle hymn

has been on a loop

for a long time

and we’re the ones

paying the band

and we’re the ones

funding war crimes,

it’s our dime

and freedom’s chimes

have been scrapped for metal

to build more tanks and guns

and the rank and file

have come undone

they just sit and smile

with their jackets, straight

and they’re in denial

as they’re spoon-fed hate

and genocide and slavery were never great

and klansmen and their deputies were never great

and coups and occupations were never great

and the funeral is over now

so we can’t be late

and the skin is all gone

but we are not skin

we are teeth

and we are hair

and we are still here

and we are the cause

of the thousand year stare

and the body is dead

and the soul is gone

there is no more dusk

there is no more dawn

there are no more eyes

there are no more ears

there is no more mouth

there is no more nose

there are no more fingers

and there are no more toes

but we are none of those things

we are teeth

and we are hair

and we don’t care

what tomorrow brings

we don’t care

about all the death we’re causing

over there

because we are teeth

and we are hair

there is no body

we’re attached to bone

we have no senses

and we have no soul

all we can do

is keep throwing stones

and keep sedated with these cellphones

and these other gadgets

and everything that they do

and by the time the war is over

even the teeth

and even the hair

will be gone too

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Clouds

Sometimes it’s just clouds

when you look up at the night sky

but sometimes it’s the Milky Way

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Noise

The noise of the world

has etched itself on my soul

and tattooed my mind

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Nature

The sound of nature

is tattooed onto my soul

and etched in my mind

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