Political Poetry- The Lecture Part II
When companies spend millions,
In lobbying expenditures,
What are their expected returns?
Who was it with a deranged mind,
That called our esteemed congressmen,
The representatives of the people,
“The best, money can buy”?
Investment, equals opportunity.
The more the merrier.
Then, one early morning
I was at a teachers’ seminar
One of the participants
Said, “when we train our students”
I thought we were supposed to educate
Not train them like monkeys.
Maybe, the idea is to produce “trained students”
Who will be good workers for the corporations.
Suppose, the state is in the business
Of manufacturing students to the tastes
Sensibilities and docility that is needed
To fit the mold of the” true workers”
In a world controlled by the multi-nationals.
( in an afternoon World history class)
(For adults only).
In 1868 the Brits,
Looted from Ethiopia, Royal treasures,
Religious artifacts, and valuable manuscripts
And kept them in their fine museums
For the whole world to appreciate their prowess,
And the Ethiopians are begging Great Britain
To return their treasures.
Not to be outdone,
The Italian Fascists,
Hitler’s Junior partners
Stole an obelisk. An obelisk? Yes an obelisk
From Ethiopia, put it in the center of town
For the whole world to pay respect and admiration
Of their illegal possession,
Thievery, stealing and appropriation
Is a sign of might, ingenuity, and civilization
Even though, it is only Orwellian.
Again, the Ethiopians are begging the Italians
To return what is only rightfully theirs
And the humor continues.
Oh, finally it has been returned
To the appropriate owners
( the Obelisk is finally home where it belongs)
Professor Mekonen Haddis