Poem: The Oval Den of Corruption

Here is a poem inspired by Barry McGuire’s visionary 1965 song Eve of Destruction. Here is my 2011 post with a link to the song.  And here is a quick YouTube so you can familiarize yourself with the melody before you read the poem below.

If I were a song-writer, I’d sing this for you, but alas, I am not. I am only a poet.

You have to do your own singing.

The Oval Den of Corruption

They slowly took the country and made a dumpster fire,
The hospitals are full and the health outlook is dire,
The virus, it is raging, we cover our face,
Police are on the streets killing people for their race.
In every inner city it’s the same old place,
The president, he likes it, ‘cause it panders to this base,
Sprays innocent protestors with mace in their face.
And I’ll show you over and over and over again, my friend,
This is what goes on in the oval den of corruption!

They talk of so much winning, until we all are tired,
Because the best professionals will all be getting hired,
To do the country’s bidding, and make the nation great,
And all the people voting, they all took the bait.
But people with integrity, they quickly looked about,
Saw the moral wasteland and promptly opted out,
Only to be fired on Twitter with a shout.
And I’ll show you over and over and over again, my friend,
This is what goes on in the oval den of corruption!

The GDP is down by thirty-two percent,
There are riots in the streets, and people can’t pay rent,
After hundreds of years of delivering the mail,
We finally succeed to make the postal service fail.
No restaurants to go to, and schools don’t open up,
People on the streets are holding out their cup,
And nobody you talk to anymore knows what is up.
And I’ll show you over and over and over again, my friend,
This is what goes on in the oval den of corruption!

The president plays golf and spends three million per trip,
When a thousand people die every day it’s just a blip.
The government is lying every time it’s on TV,
And pundits cannot help themselves and hustle to agree.
And toting guns and wear no masks is what makes us all free,
America is great again, they want us all to see,
The president ‘s important, not you, not I, but he!
And I’ll show you over and over and over again, my friend,
This is what goes on in the oval den of corruption!

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