I. We Sing A Populist Hymn
We sing a populist hymn when depressed,
a widespread depression cloudy on land.
So historically tyrants lead the band
to begin social and civil unrest.
So maybe we need to go without food.
When family homes are the backseat of cars.
When social policy is lost on Mars.
Our view of community slightly skewed.
We groom our souls to this useless banter.
These useless words that do not help our course.
To lead us into a mire of negative
these fake burning images burn brighter.
We forget hunger or to feel remorse
for those in the world with no chance to live.
II. Monetary Manipulation
When population struggles for a dime.
When even working does not pay the bills
and someone tells you take these certain pills.
When life has lost most reason and a rhyme.
What happens next is a push to balance.
An innate struggle for security,
a cause collected with humility.
a time for communities second chance.
To remember who controls the markets
by how we refuse to buy or sell.
Invest in your spirit, invest your work!
Be careful of advertising targets
and stash away pennies in concrete cell
and maybe find time to read by the hearth.
III. This Large Expensive Battle
This large expensive battle we have known,
though fought with valor and a certain grace,
a war to find security of place,
will leave the seeds of violence well sown.
To quote preliminary company,
the activist who yells “Hey not so fast!
For now, let’s sit and talk about our past.”
To find connections in our history.
If anything our tribes can work alone
to keep our culture rich with art and voice
instead of anger bath in our warm light
with gratitude to trees that we have sown
and comfort with our educated choice.
Embrace our lives before the birds take flight.
All the poems above are located in “The Rhyme of Ancient Middle Class” written by Jamie Lee Hamann, advertised on The Creative Exiles, and sold on Amazon.