You; a man of words

You; the man of words
much better than the ones
with which I praise
your gentle intellect,
your extensive hands
that only gives.

You; the man who always
shows the way
with truthful words
who sacrificed the modest comfort
of your penthouse,
to live for us to rule, and give
the stolen independence back
to businesses who gives
us wage and work, to let
the money trickle
from the owner’s funds.

You, who saved the coal,
who fought the wars
with windmills
and the bureaucrats, who
claimed that fossil fuels should
stay unburned
You who put a stop to scientists
who tried to take away our bulbs,
our freedom and our pesticides,
You, my captain, you.

Don Quixote – Pablo Picasso

Today Sanaa hosts at dVerse where we are taught to write Panygiric poetry or writing in praise of a hero. I couldn’t really find a good way to do it so I wrote a mock praise. I will not say who I thought of, and it can probably fit more than one.

October 5, 2021

17 responses to “You; a man of words

  1. This is gorgeously rendered, Bjorn! 😀 I love that you chose to write mock praise and agree that it certainly does fit more than one. Especially resonate with; “who sacrificed the modest comfort of your penthouse, to live for us to rule, and give the stolen independence back to businesses who gives us wage and work.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 💝💝

  2. Bjorn,
    Protest poetry embedded in a panegyric: definitely “cutting edge” satire. Can’t help but see the truth in what you say.
    pax,
    dora

  3. Reminds me of Don Quixote with the windmills. I so enjoyed the praise (tongue in cheek) with the slight sarcasm at the ending stanza. Indeed a captain to follow (or not).

  4. This elicited a waaaait-a-minute at about halfway through the second graph. Very clever and pointed.

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