Richard Pierce

Poetry, Politics

Stay Alert

Stay alert
For incompetence and greed,
For facile politicians and advisers,
For the secret eugenicists
And their genocidal ideals.

Stay alert
For the fools who won’t distance
And won’t wash their hands,
For the bilious
Who want to be free and dead.

Stay alert
For mixed messages and metaphors,
For statistics that hide the facts,
For leaders sending their public
To slaughter in underfunded hospitals.

Stay alert
For lies and deceit,
For more coughs and fevers,
For an evolving invisible plague,
For death.

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