This is from another suggestion on our creative writing group hand-out; write a 20-line rhyming poem about something that really annoys you. I am an absolutely atrocious poet, so forgive me for the mediocrity you are about to endure.
The ‘American Century’ has come to a close,
And now we are in its hangover’s midst.
The belly of the beast has an appetite that grows,
And the ‘Great Satan’ clutches the world in its fist.
The greatest, most powerful the world has ever known
Jostle among themselves for more of the spoils
Of a war that leaves the weakest trembling, alone,
As a Dragon’s tail twitches, then slowly uncoils.
Two monsters ready to go toe-to-toe,
Both demanding to be the earth’s top dog.
Each will ask all others, “You with us, or our foe?”
Neither’s sense of history, neither’s memory will jog.
We have been here before, this planet and its people.
Seen empire’s vying to be lords of us all.
Witnessed their greed as they climbed the steeple,
Only to suffer pride’s subsequent fall.
Solidarity, brothers & sisters…☮