One of the lessons I have learned from the Old Testament prophets is how poetry is more powerful than prose to uncover the depth of our social ills. So I have attempted to write poems on social topics. I have called these “teaching poems,” for I do not pretend to specialize in the art form of poetry. Here is a poem on a topic that still characterizes the current news media.
I Love Politics
Ronald Reagan was wrong
to make “regulation” a curse word
and create disdain for government,
politics, and politicians.
I say, let us love politics
and piss on the private sector.
Let us make business obey the rules.
and let us create better rules—
stricter rules—and enforce them