The voice of the politician
is the same color
as that of the chameleon,
a voice the color of which
blends with wherever and every where
binds the unwary
his voice, his color and the likes of him
are the same as those of the environment
always changing, never constant, flowing like a river
slippery, his rolling tongue seeks to seduce,
confuse, deceive and ensnare,
The leopard free rides the plains
in zebra stripes
the hawk sings in the soft voice
of the dove, predation perfecting
preying on innocence and trust
The stench of his urine
stains the perfumed air of innocence
the stink of his empty words
mirrors the rot within
reflects the same emptiness
that fills his soul and being
the hollow nothingness of his person
7 thoughts on “The politician”
Noel, I love this! Well, if one can love the characterization of a voice that blinds, blends & binds–truly the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Too bad we can’t cage such animals as these. Really like the leopard/zebra, hawk/dove predation image. The use of scent here is also arresting. Strong poem!
Thanks, Susan! You are a kind critic!
you are lucky you live where your can speak your mind freely, sir. I feel you did not finish the song. please add more stanzas to the song. Its way too short . In africa we sing good meanigful songs all night long. LYKE it.
Thanks, Patricia. I am happy it appeals to you! Making it longer may cause the poem to lose it some of its force!
I don’t think so.
To me you talked of three sensory systems only .
Sound, sight, swell,
How about feel and test.
I live with the worst kind
You follow Nigerian politics with a passion
Thats why i expected more.
Gee , I becoming your follower Chief! lol
Patricia, now you have got me really thinking. Will certainly have a crack at something that appeals to the senses of feel and taste in the profile of a politician. Problems with these two is that the poet must make out that he or she has felt or tasted the politician – a thought which is repulsive in itself! but I will try.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Still very relevant and true today. The voice with the tenacity to not only echo different tunes at different cardinal points but also twists and turns like the swords of a samurai.