Down in the primordial swamp,
All kinds of things slithered and
Crawled in search of any thing
That could be stolen, and carried
With them, to enable them
To survive the trip to the city.
They left by the side of the road,
Those that needed care,
Or a ray of human kindness.
Their moral compass was gone,
As well as any thought of
What was good for everyone.
They wanted only what could
Benefit them in the long run.
Many died, as they became weak,
And were left behind in the dust.
Others scrambled to find
The quickest path to power,
Arrogance, and human greed.
They trampled those that got
In the way of their selfish goals.
They learned how to create a
Smoke screen to distract from
Their real intentions, while they
Took advantage of the innocent,
The angry, and the disengaged.
They lied, manipulated, threatened,
And distorted others to build their power.
Not content with their status and greed,
They wanted more than they could carry.
So they manipulated people and events,
To get the things they wanted.
And so we wait with bated breath,
While all hangs in the balance.
What is a lie and what is truth?
What is said and What is done?
Who is given to and who is not?
Is it all smoke and mirrors?