Popper King, by Michael Peck

he was a Popper King
rising to power
on secondhand ideas
the people were tired of
the last leader’s promises
the continued suffering
of those in need
the total lack
of any meaningful change
the new man
it seems it’s almost always
a man
dressed up yesterday’s ideas
in a different color
made enforcement stricter
gave the police more power
in the ruling class
smiled knowingly
while the people
continue to wait
and suffer in silence

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