An Inconvenient Seed

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An Inconvenient Seed

In the Senate men’s room
where Left and Right
meet in the middle
to piddle (and diddle)
my “magic beans” await

Every time a member
ignores the attendant
or doesn’t even tip,
my seeds spring into action
attaching to silk socks

Growing between their toes
vines twining up lazy legs
over pompous paunches
anywhere they can find

Buds bloom into small papers
the size of dollar bills
All his corporate sponsors are listed
for the world to see and to know
that this putz don’t know shit from shinola

After the lines are laced, the other shoe
gives way to a bud, a roll of
Kimberly-Clark toilet paper
(T.P. made by the Kochs)
and every square squawks

WalMart… WalMart… WalMart…

© 2014 poem and sketch by Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Shanyn at dverse Poets askied for our thoughts on seeds. Of course, Congress sprang to mind (on so many levels, ha ha ha).

Even though these are horrible times for our government, we must never forget the biggest villain of all: MONEYPOWERGREED. Peace, Amy

11 Comments (+add yours?)

    Jun 04, 2014 @ 00:28:14

    I didn’t understand the prompt until I read your poem, Amy. Somehow such snarky seeds are right to fall on politicians!


  2. Roger Green
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 04:30:47

    If you go to, you’ll see a story: “The more your job helps people, the less you’re paid (and vice-versa).” Haven’t read it yet in full, but it speaks to your point.,


  3. ManicDdaily
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 06:08:25

    Ha. Well imagined– I tend to think the House is actually worse than the Senate but there are some pretty terrible senators for sure. I love the birds here squeaking walmart amidst the vine. Your use of the word purchase is especially compelling! Thanks . K.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 06:38:34

    So scary that this can happen… And even scarier that we get trapped by those corporate and other groups .. Democracy is still panem et circenses… No matter who rules… We fall for it every time….


  5. brian miller
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 07:16:33

    ha. our political system is so corrupt…well bought and paid for….its a wonder they are not required to wear the logo of their corporate sponsor on their suit coat…and we need those willing to sew the seed of accountability…ha. great close on this as well ames


  6. Susan
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:07:13

    HaHA haha! wouldn’t it be loverly! Good to see you, Amy.


  7. shanyns
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 16:28:20

    Utterly clever! And wry. And right on the money.


  8. sreejaharikrishnan
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 23:43:03

    well-written…punchy. I think regardless of where we belong …we all have got same pangs and worries….


  9. mybeautfulthings
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 01:43:31

    A very clever poem applicable here in the UK too, like your drawing too! :)


  10. kaykuala
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 04:40:49

    It’s in the game! As far as politics go money rules. Those with power will impose their will and money speaks! Those with money especially big business will also do the same and they both win. The same the world over. Great write Amelita!



  11. purplepeninportland
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 15:22:25



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