January 13th, 2019


Poem: "Never Trusted Without a Check"

This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "balance" square of my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest.

"Never Trusted Without a Check"

The U.S. Constitution provides
for the separation of powers.

It supports the three branches
of the American government:
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

Each branch has its own powers,
but all are limited by another branch,
creating a system of checks and balances.

This complex structure of countervailing forces
is inefficient, but that is not a mistake.

It is a deliberate design choice
to reduce the possibility of tyrants
usurping too much power.

The founders understood that
power was a two-edged sword,
never quite entirely safe and
never trusted without a check.

* * *


“...I say, that Power must never be trusted without a check.”
John Adams, The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

The U.S. Constitution establishes the separation of powers.  This requires miscreants to take over multiple branches in order to obtain full control, which is more difficult than corrupting a single branch.  In other words, don't put all your eggs in one basket.


Poem: "The Nature of Advertising"

This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] iamnotgod and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "wise / learned person" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest.

"The Nature of Advertising"

The backwards "R"
in Toys "Я" Us
is not a mistake
but looks like one.

The first impression is
"That was a mistake"
and the second is
"That was stupid."

Some things are
mistakes because
they are accidental errors,
and some because they are
deliberate but unwise and
later lead to problems.

One is too much
a programmer and
a mathematician to make
what looks like a mistake
to attract attention.

It is the nature
of advertising
to turn mistakes
into money.


Poem: "L’amore è Cieco"

This poem is spillover from the February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "nurture self-worth" square on my 1-31-18 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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