Heads of State


Heads of State

Clibberty bash, those thoughts that clash

Verbs that slash, nouns that crash

Lock John in a room that don’t burn


Hammer-fed mash, open the sash

Throw out the trash, burn into ash

I’m just the kid who couldn’t learn


I never once learned to conjugate

Learned once I did, it was too late

Treate me as just a reprobate

This cold jacket won’t let me turn.


All canvas and white with

Extraordinary straps,

As I run down stark staircase

Spurred on by taps of sadistic slaps,

I live where they seductively

Pop pills for naps,

Beware of the Grecian urn!


Solome’s six veils all levitate

Voyeurs still stare to see her state

Ask for their heads on a silver plate

Prophets just never learn.


We who would speak for integrity,

Live out your life in chastity

Order gets stowed ‘neath absurdity

A state never once your concern.


Swiftly let swish, past one final wish

My head’s on your dish, right next dead fish

John’s green at the gills like a fern.


In the short shadow of justice

Bright madness prevails

To weep in your prisons

And sleep in your jails

Innocents all incessantly dream

Upon your sweet mattress of nails

Of a day when reason returns.

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rsalassi commented on Heads of State


Delightful self-deprecation. I absolutely love that fifth stanza (about salome). Tell me you didn't hate your grammar teachers.



They did try to torture the class, but I always got the highest grades. That was also a torture for some brainiac girls shooting to be valadictorian. Harv

ginga commented on Heads of State


wow Harv your worldly wisdom concerning many dictatorial demagogues and and whodunnits are portrayed in rhythm and rhyme with pizazz! ginga



Many a head of wisdom has rolled due to the whim of an autocrat.In modern times, they just get electroshocked into insensiblity. Harv

Hampton commented on Heads of State


A literal steam of consciousness that contains some pearls of wisdom as it entertains. I don't know what strange medicinal concoction that you have stumbled on but I would appreciate it if you could share it with your friends.



Be glad to share this one; Matt 14:1-12 remixed for a modern translation. It is the projection of madness of those in power that accuses of madness those not in power to dominate and destroy their perceived threat. Haven't you wondered about all those mysterious deaths surrounding certain political power figures of the past 30 years? Harv

Marsink commented on Heads of State


When one says,'there is a method to the madness', the seeming disorder is cradled in some unorthodox manner of civility. But, here is a world where the State has lost it's Head, altogether! A nice excoriation of 'inner-chamber' work! Applause building!!



When you take moral declension, mix in debauch, and the fury of a woman scorned, it's no wonder that hell breaks loose. Sanity would actually be miraculous and unexplainable. Harv

HarverTomsson commented on Heads of State


Erratum: Please insert the word "to" between next and dead in the 27th line.

The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

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