Friday, April 8, 2011

Ugolino's guests at the Tea Party


Treason, Treason!
Ugolino calls your name from
the home he has made among
his level of hell, supping on the
entrails of his sons, our politicians
bipartisan buffet of our own solider
sons families in their ineptitude
to make decisions

anger & anguish
turn your face in a grimace
as you twist the tourniquet, cut off
the flow of life giving blood to
that which you've thrown at
your whim into wars on foreign shores
or labeled non essential

Ugolino sets a place at the table
and waits, knowing he will see you
soon, as well as us, fool enough
to vote you in.

Over at Friday Poetically today, I am sharing pictures of a piece I saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while in NYC, and giving you a chance to respond to it. Come join the fun.

50 comments:

Titanium said...

Fierce and absolutely spot-on, Brian. It makes me ill to know that our men and women serving in combat zones may well go without a paycheck because of the political fallout.

Too bad the people making these decisions will still be drawing their full salaries without interruption.

Patricia Caspers said...

Ai Ya, Brian! Give 'em hell.

Bernie said...

Great timing Brian, it is time for the children to quit playing with big people problems....so sad really and even more unnecessary.....:-)Hugs

Hope said...

effective words well expressed!

repressedsoul said...

I'd absolutely hate to sit down for a coffee anywhere near this statue, really gives me the creeps, but you caught the emotion and bought it into the 21st for us Brian. Really need to thank you for this morning, I'd have been stuck on day 7 if not for one stop!

As an aside, I wonder if he's ventured down to the starbucks in the ninth level of inferno? :D

happygirl said...

Um, anyone specific in mind? I don't think so. At least this is what I'll write in comments. War is hell. And all that goes along with it.

annell said...

Well said!

David Allen Waters said...

brilliantly said...spot on mate ;)

Mama Zen said...

You tell 'em, Brian!

yellowhousecafe said...

dig where you took this photo prompt...rock on ~

Rinkly Rimes said...

I admire the way you cleverly wove the ancient tale into modern poetry.

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a way to turn the art of the masters into an indictment of current affairs - the image of Ugilino as Fatherland eating his sons... Potent stuff.

Goofball said...

I'm afraid you need to explain this one to me a bit

Daniel said...

Whoa dude, lots of venting and ranting here. The message is spot on in my opinion. I twist in the wind based on folks more interested in their own personal agendas, blind to the effect that have on those who await their output.

Natasha said...

Brian, this is awesome! I think I may have a new favorite :) Awesome photo today at onestop...thanks so much...

Claudia said...

i've read the story of ugolino at wikipedia - never heard of him before - what a sad story - and i absolutely love how you took and transferred it into today's life

hedgewitch said...

Couldn't agree with you more--the entrail feast is especially appropriate, as our country is cannibalized by a bunch of selfish greedy, unsatisfiable brats.

And later, I'll tell you how I really feel. ;-)

... Paige said...

lucky you to get to see all that famous art!

nice work of writing---happy weekend & poem too

Ocean Girl said...

I feel like I've done that act of the lady in the statue.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
I most admit that your words are just as "strong" as the statue made Of stone? granite? Clay?
It doesn't matter (What the statue is made Of...) I hear you and your message "loud" and "clear" today.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Brian Miller said...

sorry goofball...for non americans you may not understand what is going on with the shut down of our government and the affect it is having on service men and women potentially not getting paid and non essential workers let go...i dont have a full grasp of what it all means myself but watched enough of the politicos online to be sick to my stomach...

ds said...

I read that Dante put Ugolino in the second to last circle of his Hell, frozen. Next to him was an enemy--I think the guy who put U in prison to begin with. And Ugolino spent eternity biting that man's head...

I think he would find our politicians extra tasty.
Well said!

rosaria said...

Dante would be proud of your connections here.

ayala said...

Give them hell, Brian....Definitely spot on...it makes me sick!

Kat_RN said...

My Father used to say about politicians, that anyone who wanted the job, probably should not have it.
Kat

Belinda said...

...and fool enough not to vote at all.

Fireblossom said...

Off with his head!

I'm so sick of jaded, posturing, cynical politicians.

Raven said...

All I can say is, Bravo Brian, you nailed it!

Bossy Betty said...

Timely!

Sue said...

I've been mad about this all day since listening to the news this morning, and you have summed it up perfectly.

Well done!

=)

signed...bkm said...

Brian thanks for all your support...you are a gem..hope now that the worst (the waiting) part of my husbands illness is over..we can get him rested and on track...amazing the support of people that you have never met personally...blessings...bkm

rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

Wow now you really gave them hell
And after the first two seconds it was easy to tell
Never even knew this was going on down there
Defintely not fair
I thought our idiots were bad
You win out by more than a tad

Magpie said...

It's their sadistic way of continuing to control the masses. Nothing like a good scare to keep the sheep in order.

MomsJournal said...

Well done, but somehow I don't think The Tea Party would approve of that statue. :P

adeeyoyo said...

Anger at ourselves and the politicians for involvement in wars in other countries - sacrificing their own soldier sons. I have never seen you angry, Brian, but it is justified. Ordinary citizens are abused by politicians in many ways. Good work!

slommler said...

I have gnashed my teeth at their indifference!! Makes my heart sick!
Fear and worry have invaded their homes. An enemy they cannot fight with guns!!
Today I hear they have agreed. Relief for those who they have held hostage...but the damage they caused cannot be erased!
Hugs
SueAnn

Someone is Special said...

brilliant Brian.. Your words have great power..

Someone is Special

Lorraine said...

I love your writing, always I wish I were talented enough to be able to sketch the portraits, the emotions you write about

Pauline said...

if that last line does not strike fear in the hearts of those responsible, nothing will...

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
I just heard on International news this morning that the shut-down Of the "Govt" want happen...I guest the politician, in Washington D.C...thought about the fall-out in the next election. (When they are up for re-election knowing that the American people are like "elephants" and wouldn't "forget" their little stunt!)

[Oops! in my previous comment I meant to write the word "must" instead Of "most...]

TALON said...

What an amazing sculpture!

"your whim into wars on foreign shores
or labeled non essential" - sadly, times haven't changed much, have they?

Linda said...

We are into an election here in Canada because the Liberals accused the Conservatives of ignoring parliamentary procedure and tradition, which is scandalous. South of the border, similar crap going on. What has happened to democracy? Our leaders think they can do what they please at our expense? Thank you for this poem charged with the anger!! I'm feeling this inside too. I think the parties are too full of themselves. Our soldiers need their paychecks and our government needs to be elected "by the people, for the people".

Nancy said...

Excellent! Can you send this to the White House and Congress?

sage said...

Great poem, very powerful. I was just in DC, what a circus. A few days ago, the Borowitz Report (a satire tweet) noted that Congress wanted to reassure us that in the case of a government shut-down, essential services would continue for Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq

PattiKen said...

Arrgh. Don't get me started.

Ami Mattison said...

A powerful commentary, Brian! Absolutely love the entire 2nd stanza and of course, what an ending, implicating all of us. Great job!

joanny said...

Great poem and perfect image to go with it showing anger and anguish on the faces A unpardonable situation.

joanny

lori said...

Ugh, what a mess we have here. Our politicians are so far removed from the lives they are changing every day. Perhaps we'll hold them more accountable one day, but it's not looking good.

Brilliantly done :)

trisha said...

fierce and powerful will be the exact terms for this one brian.

Syd said...

Wish the tea part would consume themselves.