Treasure Island

Paul Hartal


Democracy vs. Dictatorship


The kangaroo ordered an orange juice.
The crocodile preferred a cup of coffee.
Holding the Party Paper, Edition Zoo,
The hyena opted for his downy dream,
A white vanilla ice cream.

“The president is corrupt and wicked
And his whole bungling government,
Is reprobate and totally incompetent.
They should resign without delay”,
Said the kangaroo.

“Well, perhaps he exaggerated,
But as long ago Voltaire stated,
'I disagree with what you say,
But I will defend to the death your right
To say it’”, uttered the crocodile.

“Although it seems suiting his profile
Voltaire did not say this”,
objected the kangaroo.

“The quote is in the air
And it is fair to attribute it to Voltaire’,
insisted the crocodile.

‘I don’t care’, said the kangaroo.
‘Voltaire did not say this’.

The hyena took a lick of his ice cream
And then, folding the Party Paper
Of the Zoo,
With a menacing countenance
He turned to the kangaroo.

“Now listen carefully”, he said,
“You can buy in the market onions
But I dislike your political opinions.
And even if I had agreed with you,
I would make it sure
That nobody can hear you.”

Submitted: Friday, November 29, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 30, 2013

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  • Mike Barrett (12/21/2013 3:18:00 PM)

    Interesting....to me, democracy with all its weaknesses is the lesser evil of all forms of government.....it deludes the population into believing that they have a say in how a country is run and it keeps alive the myth of the golden apple, that is if you work long enough and hard enough, success and riches will be yours. You're invited to check out some of my poems... we Canadian poets must strive to have a greater presence in the world of poetry! Cheers! (Report) Reply

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