Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Difference Between Your Country and Your Government

Your country is an intangible entity comprised of tradition, freedom, and principles guaranteed to us by a remarkable document drafted over 200 years ago by a few idealistic geniuses, several intelligent men, and a group of patriots who, if not perfect, were at least bright enough not to block the efforts of the former.  Your government is a cadre of politicians and egomaniacal bureaucrats who have consistently ground away at those same traditions, freedoms, and principles, often in the name of patriotism, to create a monster  which has become over burdensome, oppressive and generally out of control.


You ever have the feeling
You’re at the bottom of a well
And there is no one around to hear you
No matter how loudly you yell

And you can’t reach the bucket rope
But that is just as well
‘Cause with your luck lately
It is probably rotten as Hell

And of course there is no ladder
Built into the side of the well
‘Cause at the time you dug it
You were too cheap to....

© 2012 Bobby Barnhart

Sweet little bird of the morning
listen well and take warning,
for there is a big bad cat out there
so please be quiet and beware -
sing not your song so sweet
or an early end you may meet
for silence is sometime best
when you are far from your nest

© 2012 Bobby Barnhart

I view the world around me with tired eyes
I see the same waste of spirit and hope
That surrounded me all those years ago
And though I wish it so, nothing changes

The wars have moved on to other places
Fought with new weapons, but death is the same
Children lose parents, and grow up alone
Or they also die and grow not at all

The bosses appear to be different
But beneath it all there are no changes
The same motivations, some are righteous
But most still sound in avarice and greed

Will there be a time to rest peacefully
When children can safely play in the sun
And death visits only the very old
Or will man expire before that time comes

© 2012 Bobby Barnhart