Why I write poetry

Whenever I write a blog post, I try to express my thoughts in a few words. Occasionally I can condense my thought even more by putting them in the form of a poem. In the case of the recent poem Great wealth, it started with the single word “immunity.” Great wealth can purchase immunity from the laws the rest of us are subject to. That led to “impunity.” With two rhyming words, I searched for a title. With two rhyming words and a title to begin with, the poem practically wrote itself in five minutes at the keyboard.

Please see Great wealth

Great wealth

Great wealth purchases immunity
Great wealth allows impunity
When damages to the community
Are inflicted by the greedy 1%
Great wealth purchases the voices
On Capital Hill, in the media
Of lawyers and other lobbyists
Great wealth rules in a plutocracy
No longer a democracy
No more a republic
Aristotle, Jefferson and Brandeis warned
Great wealth destroys democracy
This must change.