When We Sing a Populist Hymn

We sing a populist hymn…

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.

We are in control of what we buy or sell….

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.

Will leave the seeds of violence well sown….

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.

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Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

5 thoughts on “When We Sing a Populist Hymn

  • February 17, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Wonderful social commentaries within these poems, Jamie. Thank you for sharing. I wish you well with your book sales.

  • February 17, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Very well-written and a good read. Is there still hope for peace? If we keep reaching out to others and gather in spirit, pray, and light lanterns to kindle love and peace for all living things, there is still a chance. Wonderful work, Jamie. Take care.

  • February 18, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Excellent piece Jamie. Italian sonnet. Lovely rhymes and very relevant topics.

  • February 18, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    you’ve touched on so many current issues, it’s hard to choose just one to comment about – the youth have forgotten that history you speak of; perhaps it will be their undoing

  • March 31, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    These poems are set up with real form and technique. The approach of imbuing these poems with social relevance is very intelligent and the words you’ve chosen are precise yet poetic; almost reminiscent of poetry written in the 20s and 30s, etc. that were meant to instruct and stir people in a political atmosphere in which people were struggling seriously with economic and social issues of that time; although you’ve deftly applied that technique to our modern times.


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