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Family Squabble

Daddy was a good old boy

Shallow Southie moving west

Bad thinking got good employ

Mad drinking bought him the rest

Mommy weren’t of temperament

Had scant interest in her brood

Rancor built without relent

An abusive attitude

Daddy brutalized his babies

Mommy offered only shrugs

No time for ifs, ands, or maybes

Blinders supplement earplugs

Through it all the battered spawn

Subject to relentless trauma

Fled the fount from whence they’re drawn

Right into a courtroom drama

Believe that the story stands

Even when it starts to wobble

Give it more than it demands

Crippled but it still won’t hobble

Lots of cash exchanging hands

At the trough the ravening gobble

Legal rebukes and reprimands

Results of a family squabble

A generation after the fact

A savage attack came flooding back

A revelation’s pithy extract

The ravaging smack, cry, and bone crack

A declaration of odious pact

The panic flashback, the pieces stack

Of desecration and vile impact

A manic bushwhack empathy’s lack

Re-covered dream hypnotist backed

A tragic act emotion blowback

Discovered theme reality lacked

In magic tracked there is no go-back

Uncovered scheme with TV contract

Attention attract along with greenback

Recovered steam through the inexact

Intention intact, paid elegiac

Daddy was rapey did that make him killy

The jury and judge were convinced

The charges and charger could even seem silly

For a guilty verdict evinced

Convicted of murder by single accuser

Who was revealed as a lair of note

Law as the winner and justice the loser

When bias gets its turn to vote

Believe that the story stands

Even when it starts to wobble

Give it more than it demands

Crippled but it still won’t hobble

Lots of cash exchanging hands

At the trough the ravening gobble

Legal rebukes and reprimands

Results of a family squabble

Evil recalled, crime is pinned

Upon a harsh revenge ginned

Debt for all the times he sinned

Daddy reaped the whirlwind


©2023 ArtAHammer

3/29/23 Arturo Hammer


Bad Imagination


The spotlight’s as a magnet

It draws in the ironic

To thrash about loquacious

No place for the laconic

Provide the suckers succor

The chronics puffs of chronic

Everyone gets what they want

Revel in the moronic

An axe to grind

A bone to pick

Do we not bleed

Upon the prick

In just desserts

The bitch payback

Retribution

Defense? Attack!

It was merely a case

Of bad imagination

Narcissistic tendencies

Taken to extremes

A lie on the face

Attention whoring nation

Conflicting dependencies

Where nothing’s as it seems

If I recall correctly

It all shook out like this

Though I tell it differently

My story’s not amiss

I’m not quite sure which version

I might impart to you

Just so that you believe me

That all I say is true

Even though the details change

The facts we can’t deny

At least you know I’m honest

When I tell you it’s a lie

Victims of the vanities

A need to be respected

Injustice inanities

Jurisprudence rejected

Incipient insanities

The imperfect perfected

Again failing humanities

Celebrity corrected

It was always a case

Of bad imagination

Narcissist contingencies

Phony fever dreams

A legal disgrace

Judicial masturbation

Inflicting exigencies

Where all is as it seems


© 2023 ArtAHammer

3/26/23 Arturo Hammer


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