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Common Sense (In Memorial) RIPPoem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
What has become of our natural, most protective instinct?
(CLEVELAND) - In third world countries you pay bribes all day, in America you do the same thing, just more indirectly. So much of life today makes so little sense. We are raised to be honest and then learn as adults that cheating, lying, deceiving, swindling; it all takes place on a daily basis. People live corrupt lives to keep good jobs, but they fail to understand that somebody is paying a price. It just isn't them, so they remain silent and complicit and are only one step away from
Common Sense (In Memorial) RIP
Fell face first shattering expensive Ivy League reading glasses,
Headlines, “Teacher assaulted by student defends self.” Well?
Must of been the part where, “educator faces 10 years in jail.”
As criminals get free dental, medical, housing and legal advice,
Victims might have to mortgage their house not once but twice,
Those found guilty usually get probation for their first offense,
Court systems no longer use, you guessed it, “Common Sense.”
Another article, that woman who spilled hot coffee on her lap,
Took it to court, McDonald's received a $750,000 facial slap,
Maybe the plane that flew 300 miles to far, pilots took a nap,
Or the gizmo in your car that took the place of our road map.
Gadgets, using modern technology lessens the ability to think,
Whereas it only used to be drugs or too much alcohol to drink,
Not that it couldn’t be referred to in an emergency or a pinch,
But, should that device malfunction where is, “Common Sense?”
Parents Truth and Trust, a brother Reason preceded in death,
Alive are cousins I know my rights and Don’t hold your breath,
Two neighbor’s, I am innocent plus Someone else is to blame,
Not many attended the funeral because most forgot the name.
Simply look at the story of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl,
Lost her life because, “Common Sense” was not around to tell,
Strong & guilty at same confined area as the innocent & meek?
Tell me, what intelligent farmer uses a fox to protect his sheep?
U.S. Department Of Justice paid, Fast & Furious, weapons sent,
To Mexican drug cartels as one gun killed a Border Patrol Agent,
911 Terrorists a at flying school were not concerned how to land,
Was it not suspicious, well, actually no because cash was on hand.
That aviation company, training pilots only in tune to dollar & cents,
And no answers, of course not whereas questions would present,
An opportunity for a huge loss of revenue given to another school,
Would they allow, “Common Sense” to put profits on a toilet stool?
Multiple stories, incidents abound, thousands of examples galore,
There are so-so many to choose from let’s see, here’s one more,
Uzi mirco-machine gun placed in the hands of an 8 year old kid,
Christopher Bizilj losing half his head due to what the adults did.
A thought that Common would be missed didn’t last for very long,
It is obvious from these stories most didn’t know Sense was gone,
As the incompetent, unqualified, idiot, imbeciles, steadily carry on,
Revive Motown and the Four Tops #1, “It’s The Same Old Song.”
At a buffet last Friday a mother told her son, “let’s go” he screamed,
Too embarrassed mama spoon fed little Billy his chocolate ice cream,
I looked at Milton, he looked at me and we began to shake our head,
He said, “well that confirms it for me without a doubt, Sense is dead.”
So, Common is no longer Common because statistics now rule,
”The Peter Principle” of old is now a state of the art new school,
Is it too late to find Common's grave to revive DNA? Sure bet!
Otherwise how can you explain mighty America so deep in debt?
Drugs flow into this country on the Mexican Border, homicide is sky high,
However, would it not spiral downwards if the Americans refused to buy?
Military deaths, catastrophic injuries exploded with the 2nd war with Iraq,
Yet, there'd be no 2nd time if G.H. Bush had continued that 1st attack.
Operation Red Dragonfly, former Marine crosses country for Veteran's health,
While, "Common Sense" would note soldiers paved the road of freedom & wealth,
While America has these same fighting men and women struggling for health care,
And for many, physical disabilities has them applying for & being denied welfare.
As Presidents, Veterans and even Columbus have a national holiday,
1983 it’s signed into law & yet it was years before all recognized MLK,
Make-up a date for Common’s death so we can put a reef on his grave,
With all those accomplishments can’t we at least have a yearly parade?
Matter of fact how do we justify half of today’s senseless idyllic crap?
Whereas, the answers are so simple once we take time to look back,
As every coach will tell you games are won mostly by a solid defense,
Life is most complicated when we operate without, “Common Sense!”
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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