Joseph S. Josephides
Lessons For A Tyrant
Though you are bad, as a tyrant, I'll teach you:
first be an actor, present yourself as a king,
stop eating raw meat, else blood is dripping.
Do scare private gatherings in soup kitchens,
hungry people eat there, don’t think of any rebel.
If you close the schools, teach football to kids,
send people to work, thus they don’t think of evil,
and when they earn, drain them imposing taxes.
Do show that you honor so much the obsequious,
else they’ll say rightly you’re obsequious to them,
better honest people appreciate you than flatter,
as a good actor hide hatred for the excellent ones
cut their wings early, but not so deep anymore,
with half-cut wings, they can’t form a flock to fly.
Remove the cocks feathers slowly, one by one,
ally with rich or poor, depending who has power
finally do bribe eminent men to stand by you.
I noticed that some kings have become tyrants,
albeit put on a mask of a good king to accept you,
do works, diminish your adulterous, ten are enough,
tell that you save, you're a treasurer and custodian
protecting our defense and our public interest us-
cover the fact that you put your interest above all.
Either you'll be a hypocrite actor or quit it all.
Do this to be half-immoral instead of immoral,
so you’ll be burned in hell for ten centuries, only.
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