beware

 

beware the pessimist,

the world is not ending

but beware the optimist,

things are pretty fucking bad

beware Kabul

and beware Baghdad

beware the businessman

trying to create the latest fad

beware your mom

and beware your dad

using credit cards to buy you

all the things they never had

beware television

and movies

and books

beware the bankers

tax collectors

state inspectors

and crooks

beware the dollar bill

and those on capital hill

keep in mind

the taxes that you pay

buy weapons that kill

beware the cynics

saints

and skeptics

politicians

and priests

beware the preachers

teachers

lawyers

beware of famine

and feast

beware the Middle East

beware the american south

beware the the taxman taking

healthy food from your mouth

beware army recruiters

selling war to the youth

just how many kids would sign up

if they were telling the truth

beware the drug dealers

beware the DEA

beware the holy men telling you

that you need to pray

beware the day of rest

and beware the work week too

beware the Muslim,

Christian,

Buddhist,

Atheist,

and the Jew

beware of the sunset

beware the darkness of night

beware all of the teachers

who have taught you to fight

beware the knight in armor

and the lady in black

beware all the distractions

that have kept you off track

beware ‘Iraqi Freedom’

beware Orwellian terms

beware the scientists

who want to kill you with germs

beware the i-phone

beware the flip-phone too

beware of people like me

telling you what to do.

 

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