Those Who Make Rivers Flow

Just by existing

in this system we live in

we cause suffering

so much senseless suffering

yet we care who wears the crown.

 

Washington is Rome,

there might be different Caesars

but they’re just helmsmen.

keeping the empire on course

it’s the system that guides them

 

it’s the stock market,

it’s our war economy

it’s the illusion

that America is free

and that we’re here to help you

 

and that a big wave

will wash all our blues away

as long as you vote

on Tuesday November 6th

election day, change will come!

 

But it’s a see-saw

teeter-tottering, left, right

and time after time

history doesn’t just rhyme

it keeps repeating itself

 

left, right, left, right, and

we think that it’s a fair fight

think we can beat them

but this is their game, their schools

that we’re educated in

 

we think we can win

but sometimes the only way

to put out a fire

is to stop adding more fuel.

This system cannot save us

 

this system birthed in

genocide and slavery,

divide and conquer

who do you think introduced

racism and bigotry?

 

Capitalism

is our guiding principle

for it we will kill

civilians by the million,

and bill US taxpayers

 

and we all exist

in this, afraid to resist,

so our allegiance

remains pledged to Uncle Sam

and we are all entertained

 

the entertainer,

he’s well trained to juggle fear

and we all hate him

but we’re all captivated

and we think it’s just a fluke

 

that it hasn’t been

part of the game from the start

but it has long been

Uncle Sam is no better

than any king that ever ruled

 

he was just better

schooled at methods of control

and we all answered

every time that he called roll

and we’re all still answering

 

we venerate cash

our king, we sing the praises

of material

things and diamond rings bind us

to the American dream

 

we still hold out hope

it helps us cope with the truth

which we blissfully

ignore, like the war that we

obediently pay for

 

we’re obedient

and for our obedience

we’re all rewarded

with subsidized corn and beer,

bread and circuses for all

 

and loudly we cheer

year after year after year

and we put our eggs

from one basket to the next

Kennedy, or Obama

 

Bernie, whoever

they all take the eggs and run

and the wealthy eat

omelets, the poor go hungry

with nothing to eat but war

 

and they choke on bombs

and drown in rivers of blood

the names sound the same,

Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump

those who make the rivers flow

 

but they’ve always flowed

and we can believe in change

it feels good sometimes

but all that ever changes

is those committing war crimes.

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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