Poem: Cassandra (I am) feat. Greek Chorus

I predicted the results of the election, and the death of the republic
I warned of financial collapse and the beginning of the pandemic
I shouted right in your face that you needed to protect your investment
I told you the university you chose faced regulatory reassessment

I knew your car was built by underpaid and untrained workers
And I mentioned you’d get heart disease if you ate too many burgers
If you listened, you’d know your new hoover would be recalled
And that the new prescription you filled will make you go bald

I laid out the argument against a global corporate cooperative
But reviewer number two insisted I’m being too negative
It is too depressing, I’m told, to always focus on disaster
We’ll just hope for the best and muzzle the forecaster

If we focused on our impending doom incessantly
We’d be paralysed with fear you declare contemptuously
So stop crying about all the amenities to be lost
We’d rather stroll contentedly to our next holocaust

I know you’re distracted by things much more important
And sometimes my entreaties come across as mordant
So you tune out what is most difficult to hear
And focus on beauty and how to calm your fears

You need clarity and can’t take it all in at once
So I should expect a certain amount of avoidance,
And I know the daily clamour distorts true prophecy
But I still want to be part of the chorus, not the cacophony

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6 thoughts on “Poem: Cassandra (I am) feat. Greek Chorus

  1. Devon Brock 28/11/2019 / 1:20 pm

    I do love a solid rant, Randy. The sound of this poem reminds of the music of Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith / Report Suspicious Activity) – raw and in your face. This piece also got me thinking that all the amenities we enjoy and cry about amount to but a sliver of human history – have we progressed? I suppose in the first world we think we have. But most of humanity are on the have-not end of the spectrum. So if we act on anything, we the privileged tools of the corporate cooperative, must turn are efforts there, yes? Does your chorus need a tenor? I’m in. D

    • R. Horton 28/11/2019 / 5:18 pm

      I love Vic Bondi. “Revenge” is one of my favorite songs. Thanks, Devon.

      • Devon Brock 28/11/2019 / 5:31 pm

        “Revenge” is what came to mind when I read this poem. LOL!


  2. KenshoHomestead 28/11/2019 / 5:38 pm

    Excellent! Doesn’t it suck something awful to always be right?! 😉

    • R. Horton 29/11/2019 / 5:02 pm

      Yes, and it sucks more to not be taken seriously. 🙂

      • KenshoHomestead 30/11/2019 / 8:55 pm

        Really? Yet if shit had value the poor wouldn’t have asses.

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