A Flock of Fools

Here lies in wait a flock of fools

All keen and primed to mock and sneer

At all that they don’t understand

And all that hints at what they fear.

 

Let not their snickers blind you to

The bankruptcy of their worldview.

All they pretend to hold as true

Is carnal lusts they ballyhoo.

 

Though your life has proved them wrong

They write another goading song

Layabouts they see as wise

Hard workers chumps in their own eyes

 

“Those who achieve are worst of all,

Why cant they say things vain and small?

Then we can look down from on high,

Shake our heads and give a sigh,

 

“Smirk and grin and pat our backs

That we won’t follow in their tracks.

Our hands and minds are far too great

To deal with matters second-rate

 

“Like principles and lessons deep,

Those make us want to go to sleep.

Fads and agendas, there’s the thing

To dull our guilt’s annoying sting.

 

“Forget the future and the past

Now’s all that matters, it won’t last.

Just grab and scrounge here all you please

Someone else will take the squeeze

 

“Borrow way beyond your means,

When bills do come, just whine and scream.

They’ll let you off because you are

A precious golden gilded star.

 

“They owe you all you want and more

It’s their fault that you are so poor,

So kill and steal and pay them back

For all the dreams that you still lack.’

 

One creditor they cannot fool,

Or avoid or trick or school

Awaits them all on Judgement Day,

Which they can never wish away.

 

So do not envy them their lives;

Their backs will fill with friendly knives.

Pity them their fate instead;

Their hoarded gold is painted lead.