Bread and Circus

Pay no mind
to the Pied Pipers
spewing that noxious nonsense
left and right

hanging by a memory
and fading fast
on the tired wings
of a broken eagle
in a dying empire

Jagged little edges
bleed out
blue and white
with crimson chaos
from the ruptured heart
of an overwhelmed system
built no better
than a house of cards

An ivory tower
made of glass
sure to shatter
from the stones
by fate alone

Destined to fall
since the first sin
in the garden

Made a deal
with the wrong side
of the scales
and karma
never fails
to hit the damned target

So say goodnight
and say goodbye
as the shroud of shadows
which you have hidden within
are dispersed
by the burning light
and your soul is weighed
against the feather
for final judgment

You thought
that you
were in control?

ha ha ha

You did not respect
the laws of nature

Woe be
unto those
who neglect
the higher truth
of love
and seek only to covet
the power
crown and throne

Recorded version at audioBoom

A #SpokenWord Poem Prompt Response for:


#MadVerse 408



#VerseReversal 213

#DSpoetry 267

A few new poems out the past couple of days which can be found at the links below. Many thanks to Joe Milford at Rasputin and Guy Farmer at Social Justice Poetry for allowing me to contribute.

Bloody on Both Ends – Rasputin

Private Viewing – Rasputin

Mr. Rosy – Rasputin

Back Down to Earth – Social Justice Poetry


Scott Thomas Outlar

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