Our most greatest of trials we had come through, with millions maimed
Or poisoned or killed – by pollutants or war? – flags waving, we proclaimed,
We were now stronger than ever and better equipped – with climate change
Much of our lower-lying areas under water, and by unconstrained
Speculation, corruption and concentration, our economy in flames –
Two separately great and hostile countries where once union had reigned
Now prepared to face the challenges of a great century – unashamed
Of overt racial, religious and class warfare, and the sustained
Machine-gunning of ordinary people at school or while being so well entertained –
In what were now the two greatest countries on Earth, no damn longer restrained
By unnecessary regulations or taxes on wealth, or being unfairly drained
By the costs of health insurance and other giveaways, and our police not being framed
When they happened to kill innocent civilians, and our women again
To home- and baby-making and sexual-pleasure-giving ordained,
Thank God: that these greatest of all nations, their sanity had regained.
— Text and drawing by William Eaton
Readers may also be interested in Oh, say, can you see . . .or Situation Not Normal, All Trumped Up, or “The Limericks,” i.e.: Part I (Pence, Trump, Mueller, Capitalism), covering May 16, 2017 to July 1; Part II (Injustice, Trump, Illness, Poetry), July 2 to August 12; Part III (Animals, Capitalism, the News, First Impressions), July 2 to September 3, and Part IV (No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals): September 4 to October 16.
Note that a century ago Thomas Hardy wrote a beautiful, more personal poem with the title Afterwards.
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