T (no first name) Wignesan


Villanelle: Only In Democracies Reigns Surprise


Only in democracies reigns surprise
The majority cast their franchised rights
Elect CEOs who tell fat cat lies

In dictatorships the leader is wise
He elects himself and appoints his mites
Only in democracies reigns surprise

On election day leaders on the rise
By the hundredth day majority fights
Elect CEOs who tell fat cat lies

By end of first term majority dies
Wonders how they kept the leader uprights
Only in democracies reigns surprise

By start of second term the voter cries
Give us our oligarchy by rights
Elect CEOs who tell fat cat lies

In dictatorships people march in files
To show they don’t much care about rights
Only in democracies reigns surprise
Elect CEOs who tell fat cat lies.
© T. Wignesan – Paris,2013

Submitted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Edited: Thursday, January 09, 2014

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  • Rookie - 532 Points T Wignesan (1/10/2014 2:15:00 PM)

    Hi Subbulakshmi! Glad to have you come around yet once more. And especially glad you like the poem. Glad also you got the appropriate handle on the poem's intent. Good for you. Thanks a lot for thinking aloud. But there are other ideological aspects of the poem which could also - I'd rather hope - favour appreciation. And perhaps those are somewhat more fundamental - at least, to the author. Every good wish. T. Wignesan (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/8/2014 5:21:00 PM)

    The CEOs tell fat cat lies for the people, because lies are more glamorous than truth. If Presidents and PM say that their governments have empty vaults, does it impress you and I, wignesan..instead of telling that, they would say indirectly, the (empty) vaults are going to be full. we always miss the word empty, but fascinate about the full and then work as bulsl...politics is the breeze and i really like this poem.. (Report) Reply

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