John-Ward Leighton

ALL THE NEWS IS BAD

dream on
peace is possible
only if we go to war
to achieve it

the next war
will be the last one
the man with the flowery rhetoric
says

as he squashes
the bid for nationhood
of the Palestinians
in the loaded dice of the UN Security Council

he extolls democracy in flowery rhetoric
while seeking to obliterate it
with the bullshit Security Council
veto

liberty is too risky to grant to others
and much too costly if you
are the worlds bully
in fact

the rush to lock up the oil in Libya
as the corporations flap in like buzzards
under the cover of air strikes to depose a dictator
is obvious

democracy is never the objective
control is the objective whatever face it chooses to show
peace will never be possible I witness
when war is your main and only business

the joy of waking up alive
can make you somewhat glad
and hope is chump change for a dope
when all the news is bad.