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John Lawson: O King

August 21, 2019: The president sparked fresh concerns about his mental health after he tweeted quotes from one of his right-wing supporters who said Trump was “like the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” In a separate statement, Trump said, “I am the Chosen One.”

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You and your satraps proclaim you are wise, O King

You promise to bring us contentment

You speak, and my heart flies, O King

I delight when you step to the podium.

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They say you have powers, O King

Beyond those of mere mortals

A wave of your hand, and riches

Spring out of the ground

Rain from the sky like manna.

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We hunger, O King. Our needs cascade,

A vast waterfall, over the edge 

of the farthest horizon

Bring mercy and hope, O King 

Feed us and clothe us; bring peace; reconcile us.

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Your enemies whisper, O King;

We hear them at night as we lie down to sleep

Rats scurry behind thin walls of plaster

Everyone knows they’re just jealous, O King

Silence their treason; bring them to justice.

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You stand before us, beautiful and strong

We, your worshipers, all right-thinking people,

Bow to the music of your voice and your thought

You are the father, beneficent

The gold of your gaze bathes us in sunlight.

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Someone said once we’re not free anymore

We killed him, O King, and I tell you: 

If freedom means life without you, 

That freedom is death. Nobody wants it.


Copyright 2019 John Lawson

Credit: Time Magazine

3 comments on “John Lawson: O King

  1. John Samuel Tieman
    August 24, 2019

    Love this poem!

    I am ever mindful these days of Reinhold Niebuhr, who, in his “Nature And Destiny Of Man”, defines not simply idolatry but sin itself as, “the vain imagination by which man hides the conditioned, contingent and dependent character of his existence, and seeks to give it the appearance of unconditional reality” (Vol. 1, 178).

    Liked by 1 person

  2. johnlawsonpoet
    August 24, 2019

    Reblogged this on Site Title and commented:
    Thanks to Vox Populi for publishing my satire.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chuck taylor
    August 24, 2019

    Scary extended irony.

    Liked by 2 people

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