Troubled Times

Troubled Times

Goodman Roberts
Worthy Homesteader
Toiling Long
Taming Wilderness
Tilling Soil
Raising Animals
Interlopers Arrived
Requesting Succor
They Received
Observing Plenty
They Envied
Slew Everyone
Later Claiming
Goodman Roberts
Shuffled Off
After Selling

Troubled Times
Riding In
Baleful Days
Coming Again

Tilly Preston
Trusted Caregiver
Single mom
Herding Scalawags
Working Too
Nursing Pensioners
Unknowingly Exposed
Virulent Disease
Hot Fever
Muscular Weakness
Bed Ridden
Drug Resistant
Weeping Pustules
Spreading Microbes
Bringing Plague
Killing Slowly

Troubled Times
Riding In
Baleful Days
Coming Again

Many Drivers
Early Commuting
Decent Folks
Working Everyday
Flowing On
Busy Thoroughfares
Tragically Crossing
Compromised Causeway
Steel Breaking
Fracturing Concrete
Bridge Failing
Cars Cascading
Hundreds Plunging
Icy Darkness
Lowest Bid
Cheapest Design

Troubled Times
Riding In
Baleful Days
Coming Again

(all names are of fictional characters)
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Copyright © 2017 Jonathan Hart

2017-01-19

Mate in three moves

In misty morning
Gloom
The second and he
Trudged out to meet the doom
That had been arranged
A duel to fill one tomb
And decide the right

He crossed swords with his
Foe
Per the honor code
Then struck by sweeping low
The rogue hopped back as
He continued his flow
With a forward thrust

The strike pierced to the
Bone
Deflected by ribs
His foe let loose a moan
As he flicked back and
Stabbed where buttons are sewn
Over softer flesh

3-16-2016
Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Hart
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Traveling

Less novel with each
Mile
Wonders to stop and
Observe become rare while
Fatigue and thirst grow
And demand wit and guile
To journey onward

The uncivilized
Trail
Hinders the trek but
With resolve to prevail
Each hindrance becomes
New chapters of the tale
In the journey’s log

The end is always
Far
Too distant yet to
Show up on the radar
But arrival with
Travails inscribed in scar
Is as sure as death

3-15-2016
Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Hart
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Even These Words Could Be Taken And Used To Support Corruption

Manipulation
Is not brave nor
Laudable despite
What ends are won
It is the basest
Sign of bright mind

Manipulators
When they are found
Can be left to take
Nature’s well trod
Path to corruption
Or be pulled out

Illumination
For the chosen
May save a few but
Who will keep the
Light bright and shining
On the truest

Historically
All ivory
Tower builders have
Had failures and
Allowed corruption
Into their ranks

Organically
Grown ivory
Towers can learn and
Fight infections
But risk becoming
The malady

Indisputable
Core values may
Provide a tower
With a backbone
But corruption
Can cling to bones as
Well as the pure

Eventually
Rejection from
Corrupted towers
Becomes a way
To select the good
And the moral

3-11-2016
Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Hart
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Note on the title:  These words could easily be used to support corruption, all one would need to do is falsely associate a non-corrupt organization with one of the corrupted types in the song, then use that as a cornerstone to recruit bodies for less than moral activities that would be “justified” by the false association with one of the examples in the poem.  The non-corrupt organization could then be driven towards corruption as the original liar grew in strength and standing with each recruit.  Which brings me to the reason why I would copyright a poem with this type of subject matter.  It is because I know that there are many forms of corruption, and there are as many wearing suits as there are in tie dye shirts or hipster beards.  Of course, since I added this explanation, lest it be interpreted as a challenge, I should note that I have not licensed the use of this work to any party, nor have I any intention to without several security measures such as notarization of the agreement, and my own public publishing on this page of a pgp signed acknowledgement of the agreement using the key associated with the following public key.

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Progress and Stability

Advancing
Knowledge takes pure honesty
But keeping the
Order of the old masters
Required deep lies.

The conflict
Inherent between advance
And governance
Existed even before
Kings raised armies.

The age old
War will end with tech keeping
Order with truth
Kept clear and lies made extinct,
Impossible

3-5-2016
Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Hart
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