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Political Poetry: “On Healthcare” by Gary R. Hess

This political poem was written due to the forthcoming inept healthcare reform bill going through Congress. The American people need better and deserve better. I’m a huge proponent of single payer (a big thumbs up to California!). The richest country on earth deserves single payer and the citizens deserve to live a long, prosperous life without being tied down to medical debt.(Continue reading…)

Class Warfare Poetry: “Divide Us, Unite Us” by Gary R. Hess

“Divide Us, Unite Us” is a contemporary slam poem written by Gary R. Hess in hopes to inform the world about the ever-growing class war that’s taking place. Americans and people around the world are being divided by those in power by putting us into groups: skin color and sexual preference being two of the most common divisions. They are doing this as they take billions out of our economies as they put it back into their pocket. No, it does not “trickle down”. It stays there with the elite class as we fight over who has weirder hair and what Miley Cyrus did this weekend. We are being shoved pointless drivel and fighting pointlessly among ourselves instead of focusing on uniting against what our true enemy is: inequality of wealth, healthcare, and social justice.(Continue reading…)

Life Poetry: Justice in Life by Gary R. Hess – A Slam Poem

This poem is about life. It follows a man who grew up poor, was molested, and went through life trying to do the best he can given the opportunities he was given. This poem isn’t a happy poem. It is the reality. It is the reality we all live in and we all choose to ignore. We ignore these sad facets of life because it helps us make it through the day without breaking down into tears and asking God, “Why is life so cruel?” God wouldn’t answer, but if he would he’d say, “Life is cruel because there’s no justice on Earth.”(Continue reading…)

Funny Poetry: “Oh, My Sausage!” by Gary R. Hess

This funny poem is the first of several food-related poems I have been writing lately. There’s something truly American about the love of greasy, oversized hunks of protein. Nonetheless, food doesn’t have to be serious. This, like many of the others I have been writing, includes a bit of humor to go along with it. If you aren’t a total dingleberry, you probably even guessed what the poem might elude by just looking at the title.

Of course, even with the euphemisms throughout, it isn’t meant to be all that sexual. This poem is truly about my love of sausages and how I just can’t get enough of them.(Continue reading…)