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  The Greatest Show
by Lori S. Maynard
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Just a poem I couldn't resist writing for election day

You see their banners on city streets
long before you ever see Them.
You hear their voices in your house
without inviting those souls in.

A grand parade of Showmen's promise.
How strange it is to view...
Different walks of Man revealing
how only They can better You.

Behind closed doors, what do they think
of Us, their fellow Man?
Why, if the devil could cast a vote,
they would even shake His hand!

Mudslinging...bribes galore...
good names are left to rot.
Millions raised in just one day...
do they skim the taxpayers' pot?

it's the Greatest Show they say.
Beware the smooth pitchman's tongue
on this, Election Day!

©November 6, 2007 Lori S. Maynard "The Carnival Poet"
3-minute free write

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/19/2007
"The Greatest Show" paints the reality of PLUTOCRACY. It is a poem that pays its dues to the treasure of Poetry. An outstanding poetic task accomplished.

Thank You for giving VOICE to Justice, and for sharing Your jewels.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/7/2007

I love your honest poem. The politicians do seem to come out of the woodwork on Election Day. (lol) Blessings Always My Friend, Paul.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/6/2007
They all speak with forked tongues, Lori, making promises to get the vote, and then failing to deliver on said vows. They've forgotten whom they serve: if it serves their own agenda, that's all that matters nowadays. Sad. Powerfully expressed in your poem, well done. But: will say this: if you don't get out and vote, no right to complain. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/6/2007
Isn't it the truth, I often think if all the money that was spent on elections across the country...civic, provicial and country were used to feed the homeless what a wonderful world it would be...

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