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New Poem - Bits and Bytes

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As you probably have already read, I had a poem, Sub Sailors views on Glasnost, featured in the Cold War area of the Smithsonian museum. I dreamed up this poem, literally, last night and finished the edit today. Hope you enjoy:

Bits and Bytes

Bits, bytes and hexadecimal
knowledge gained is infinitesimal?
Our Cheetos stained fingers
are consistently silenced
We modern day prophets
clad in pajamas
who might live in basements
to blog social dramas
Those who speak the truth erupt
with warnings unheeded
of economic doom
or politics corrupt
Society turns its ignorant eye
and smugly tramples
its masses beneath
Blithely snaps social contracts
throws them into the streets
She cackles at struggling fools
who worship gold
and silver doubloons
Hateful cheerleaders
with their simpering chants
blast from Fox network
“Listen to us! All your dreams
will come, perchance!”
As we slip from the Age of Pisces
what have we learned
from crisis to crisis?
We have been warned
to “Never Forget!”
Yet Fascism thrives
the Gilded Age still persists.
Canaries in the coal mine warn
Rights have been ignored
Their families torn
The Golden Rule ignored
“The gays” have been blessed
with untenable missions
of speaking the truth
to those who despise  them
Experienced wisdom dismissed
while Fundamentalists analyze them
Inalienable rights used
as political footballs
their message abused
and solutions forestalled
Aquarius beckons
a New Age erupts
The Christ child in Pisces
taught ways to persist
Follow the “Love Message”
Will we stubbornly desist?
Our very survival hangs in the balance
A choice to move forward
or hang from the gallows

-Timothy Beauchamp

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