The Politics of Crime and Punishment

Congressional politics.
Devoid of ethics.
Is the politics of crime.
A human illness.
And crime that goes unpunished.

Congressional politics.
Gone sadly adrift.
Merely for sake of egos.
And for pompous righteousness.

Egos gone amok.
holding Congressional floor.
Men, as ‘Donald Duck.’
quacking, just to make a score.

Ego  is their bill.
Quacking, merely for false gain.
With such selfish will.
They mockingly feign to reign.

Birds of a feather.
They flit hither and thither.
Hindering justice.
And calling it a fair deal.

Such now is the game.
Of trivial politics.
Men who are spineless.
Ducking moral fortitude.

Ethics gone astray.
Politics is full of tricks.
Stooping to conquer.
With no moral fortitude.

These are such leaders.
That  show no moral fiber.
Their only impetus.
Is to delay due process.

This is everywhere.
We find it in all nations.
Throughout the entire world.
Ruling, for sake of power.

Thus power corrupts.
It corrupts absolutely.
For sake of ego:
Congressional politics.

In all politics.
Both foreign and domestic.
Some have gone astray.
Whom others placed in office.

We need to fix this.
This, our human weakness.
Absolute power.
Corrupting absolutely.
With disdain for honesty.

People of high rank.
Ignoring their own office.
Allegiances sworn.
Yet they ignore their own laws.
Acts of common criminals.

Knowing right, they yet do wrong.
‘Rules for thee, not for me.’
Autocrats they are.
A dictatorship of rule.
Befitting of a true crime.

Crime and Punishment…
Dostoyevsky wrote of that.
Schismatic beings.
Choosing evil over good.
We are all Raskolnikovs.

We are all rascals.
Claiming to be something else.
Above our own laws.
We are therefore hypocrites.
Of our ‘hippocratic’ oaths.

Moral dilemmas.
Confront our human species.
Unscrupulous selves.
We are devilish pawnbrokers.
Making pacts with the Devil.

Congressional politics.
Devoid of ethics.
Is the politics of crime.
A human illness.
And crime that goes unpunished.

About this poem

The politics of crime is the crime of politics; a crime that goes unpunished. Congressional politics is often partisan in nature, with moral and ethical considerations often utterly disregarded by human societies.

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Written on June 07, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on June 07, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on July 01, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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Discuss the poem The Politics of Crime and Punishment with the community...

  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you Brantino. Duly noted.
    LikeReply12 days ago
  • brantinoadams
    This poem really hits home with its exploration of power, corruption, and hypocrisy. It's like shining a spotlight on all the shady dealings and double standards that we see around us every day. The way it references Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" adds this extra layer of depth and makes you think about how these issues have been around for ages. It's one of those pieces that sticks with you, making you ponder the state of things and maybe even question your own role in it all. 
    LikeReply18 days ago
  • JoeStrickland
    LikeReply18 days ago
  • Abbykesington
    It's the bitter truth of this age! Corrupt politics where as you say, "Is everywhere, we find it in all nations", where they are "ruling for the sake of power to delay due process."
    This is quite enlightening! Thanks for sharing. 
    LikeReply20 days ago
  • Johnbartee77
    Keep it up Karl! The politics of crime is a crime of politics.
    LikeReply11 months ago


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