A Paycheck Away From Hooverville

for the house

You do not speak for me
when you argue who gets fed
or who gets medicine,
playing rhetorical Russian roulette:
the barrel against the temples of children
while you shape the next talking point
about stamps and pills, as if
your cupboard has ever been empty,
or you had to choose between medicine,
heat, or food.

The only gun control I want
is your finger off that trigger,
unless you make it a real game
of roulette and aim that gun
at your own head.


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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26 Responses to A Paycheck Away From Hooverville

  1. nelle says:

    Say it! (You did so well.) I hope a million more join us and speak up. There’s so much in this aimed at a succinct conclusion.

  2. Dewey Dirks says:

    An excellent way to put it Susan…I was just talking about this at the table with my wife..and we agreed that some of these politicians need to be made to live on food stamps and no healthcare for a few months…

    • Oh, they do. At one point in my life, after the birth of our son, I had not worked at my current job (for the state) long enough to collect disability. The result was we were on food stamps for a short time. They were a HUGE blessing, but they really were what saved our family.

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    Ok so I usually stay away from certain, ahem, topics however… Well dine Susan. I really like this one. Just the perfect tone and tempo.

  4. Leo says:

    I like the reference to Hooverville. I too at times want to rant but might not be able to stop if I let it fly! You can be my surrogate; you said it much better than I could have, anyway! Leo

  5. I’m ducking and hiding – because even in Russian roulette they will undoubtedly miss their target – even my conservative principles are embarrassed by these buffoons

    • Paul, I hear you. A lot of politically conservative people are ashamed of these antics. The thing is, these guys (and gals) have forgotten their own humanity in the midst of this circus we still call governance.

  6. This rings true here in the UK as well, sadly…

  7. BroadBlogs says:

    Wonderful! Love this.

  8. Alice Keys says:

    I love the title best. It describes much of our country today. It’s a shame to spend so much on bombs and prisons while families go hungry and homeless.

  9. “The only gun control I want
    is your finger off that trigger,
    unless you make it a real game
    of roulette and aim that gun
    at your own head.”

    wow!!! A total blow to the face with this poem of yours.

    What inspired you to write this amazing poem?

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