The Reckoning


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Looking ahead.

The Reckoning

When the last penny has been siphoned from the

purses of the poor and middle class by the super-rich

and they have exported the last job to foreign nations

and they are faced with the calamity of those that would

invade our shores to claim those riches… who will step forward

to defend their trophy like mausoleums’ and bloated

bank accounts?

Not I, screamed three hundred million forgotten citizens, not I.


©Copyright Charlie Gragg November 14, 2010



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Stryx commented on The Reckoning


It is my hope, my wish, that one day we will grow beyond class equalization and discover we will never even out financially, for as Jesus was supposed to have said, the poor will always be with us - and being given to is never as healthy as earning...



You may well be right. Thanks.

rsalassi commented on The Reckoning


oooooh...this piece resonates. You have masterfully captured a great anguish in so pithy a short piece. Excellent



Your comments are appreciated. Thanks Richard.

cousinsoren commented on The Reckoning


Hey some soap box histrionics here, My amigo ! You have taken down your ancestral sword from the wall! What do you intend to do with it? .It;s a beautiful sword like fine writing, What are you going to do with it? .Dust it off, fondle it, and hang it up back again? There are too many battles to fight. .............LOL The late Louise Bennett, poet laureate of Jamaica, once said,We must take serious sinting (things) make laugh, but we ought not to ignore the lessons to be learnt from them. It's a tragedy that those who suffer most have too weal a voice of righteous indignation. The powers that be are too strong for them. " It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks," is even truer ,in our times ( Acts9:5)



Great comments. Thank you.

StandingBear commented on The Reckoning


Absolutely the best politically related poetic speech anywhere, and during the height of election season at that. They won't be able to eat their riches when the time arrives. Money grubbers are amongst us.



Thank you. You make some great points.

Chaos128 commented on The Reckoning


Ha ha You should keep your options open, H. There's a good chance the owners of those mausoleums and bloated bank accounts will be amenable to negotiations : D



I can guarantee that they will not answer their phones when you call to negotiate. But it is a reasonable suggestion. Thanks.

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30