“Serial Liar ” by Thomas Piekarski

The serial liar once perceived
as a pillar of democracy
is the prime proponent causing
the proletariat backlash
against oppressors who raid
with reckless abandon.

Revolt is the only solution
in the evolution against evil.
Evil will swallow the people
unless they fight back, rebel
and send the plutocrats packing.

Compromise is no option,
plays into the hands of betrayal:
you want to reach out and embrace
the contrary view for what it’s worth
but then receive a lance in the back.

The serial liar isn’t silent about
his revanchist policies, replete
with threats, treachery, onerous taunts
meant to stultify any unified opposition.

Nobody will blame you
if you opt out, cash out now,
stash every dime
in a hope chest
and pray for the best.


Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems.