poetry by j matthew waters

uncle sam is no benevolent king

there is no royalty in america
perhaps that is what we are missing
a figurehead family that occasionally
admonishes its government
whenever it goes astray

with royalty in america
ordinary children would have
royal offspring to relate to and admire
watching them grow up and
learning from their mistakes
instead of following the likes of
movie stars and overpaid athletes
and career politicians whose
best interests rarely align
with their own constituents

but alas here in america
all we have are american baseball
american football
american cinema
american pie (and chevrolet)
oh yes
all we have are presidents
who come and go
while the machinery behind the scenes
continues to grease that which none of us
can truly ever change

january two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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22 thoughts on “uncle sam is no benevolent king

  1. Excellent summation, John. “Machinery behind the scenes” directed by the invisible hands of real power of the wealthy few that are untouchable. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. When I was growing up in the tundra of northern Wisconsin, there were two Caroline’s my age – one a Kennedy and the other a royal in Monaco. Every time their face was on a magazine, my adoptive mother would say I was as beautiful as them. I thought that was kind of her. But I knew I would never be rich, not like them. Being rich guarantees nothing. (I am sorry for this long comment but you wrote this and I had this memory flood back to me JM)

  3. Sigh. I feel you on this. Since it’s a little more political than I publicly like to share (especially at twitter), I don’t want to risk any potential backlash.

  4. Megacorps and megabanks rule and the right to vote is a mere illusion of democracy. “continues to grease that which none of us
    can truly ever change” well expresses the despair.

  5. This is a fantastic idea! I could totally get on board with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am completely smitten with a show called The Royals (mostly because Princess Eleanor is so hot).

  6. denise0904 on said:

    I cannot imagine my life without a royal to admire. As a child we used to say an oath to the Queen everyday and each classroom had a picture of her. She is in my blood so to speak. I would like to crown Mr trump.

  7. Well said, JDub..
    The insularity of your culture has always been a problem for your country. And now it’s being further entrenched..aided by that machinery behind the scenes [that] continues to grease that which none of us can truly ever change.
    I’m so sorry it’s turning out this way for you. You have every right to feel desolate.

  8. Having royalty doesn’t make it any different… it’s much the same here in England too. It’s a world disease… unfortunately! ๐Ÿ˜‘

  9. Interesting concept – I’m from a country which has both a selected government and a royal family, and I do prefer it like this ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I think the royals make it little better actually… but there is a sense of continuation that can be good sometimes.

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