Grafters know how industry has managed to breed
Its great deceit:
Whatever their shrewd secret, they kept it hidden

In the same way
They kept the smoke- glass and mirrored from public stare,
Corporate ribbons and the bureaucratic show.

But one dusk polluting, our questions came to bear
Through their brick and mortar
Maze of factories to the truth hidden behind locked doors;

Now able to gape:
There was a smoking gun, conveniently placed in the janitor’s hand
With their fingerprints rubbed off

For trial purposes; the dolt stooges ripe for a jury heckling,
About to be
Crucified, flesh good for a flogging.

The captains of industry wear halos;
Not even one a common criminal,
Unmired, unsmirched, uncluttered,

Smirking faces and knotted wingtips-
Bloated egos,
Hostile takeovers in ten foot moves.

Shrilling their wares
For a swig of capitalism. Yes. These ugly
Colossus bulks.

Sows lounged belly-bedded on the dollar compost,
Fat-rutted eyes
Dream-filled. What a vision hog-hoods must

Wholly engross in
The great white-way; blazoned in armor,
Knighted with a double-edged sword.

But the whistle-blower
With a jocular fist thwacked in the barrel nape neck,
And the president bill thwart;

Leashing giants like noose-knot drops,
Slowly, grunt
On grunt, up in the flickering wind air shape

A clean air blows;
Yet, prodigious in kickback laundering-
The bottom-line shape.

Copyright © 03/05/2019 lance sheridan®


38 comments on “Smoke

  1. crazywitch25 says:

    Good passion here. I loved the images, especially.

  2. Barbara Kasey Smith says:

    As always, excellent, great images building this reader to a point of enjoyment! Barb:)

  3. beatrice841129783 says:

    Un bon texte Fort à lire, il est démonstratif sur les bandits de la grande industrie, les multinational qui mettent le monde à mal c’est criminels qui se disent innocents
    Douce soirée Lances amicalement

  4. huguetta says:

    Stating the brutal truth in a very amazing and artistic way! Powerful!

  5. Wow, you put the truth about those who control our life on this gastly Earth. They are brutal.

  6. charef says:

    Très bien écrit. Un sujet sensible que vous avez su poétiser avec des images fortes . Bonne soirée. Amitiés.

  7. Powerfully written! Your writings touch one’s soul with their rawness. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Lance, very visceral and lasting imagery in this condemnation of those who control our lives for their interests. Your lines whip them, even if we are powerless to affect them.

  9. dchutten says:

    Fantastic!! Really appreciate your poetry. Intense amount of detail, depth and meaning. Continue onwards in sharing your talent:)

  10. PePa. says:

    Amazingly cold truth,serve it chilled…it tastes nastiest,almost delicious,with a swab of wafers,gotten off the moulding top shelf,a most decent exposure ,to the sorrows of our hearts,laid out in hurts of palatable yet infringed with poison,not to kill us Today,but enough to take us a day more,a day more to see their sorrows clog down our paining throats.Yes,serve it chilled that they too,in their high tables of bureaucracy may feel the stench of their rulings and givings…they too would have a go at dessert in shapes of fidgety fingers and uncertainties.
    Yes bro,serve it chilled,it tastes better.

  11. rabirius says:

    An excellent composition of words and sentences.

  12. Marta Pinhao says:

    Cruel y verdadero. Abrazo.

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