Political Poetry: “Cruelty of Life” by Gary R. Hess

“Cruelty of Life” is a spoken poem about politics akin to slam poetry. It is an inner monologue about all of the cruelties in this world and what the world has done to us and to our fellow man. We look around and see nothing but hate. We see the struggles, we see the pain. We see that there is so much that goes wrong in our lives and in other’s lives that there can’t possibly be a future. But there is. And that does give us some hope.(Continue reading…)

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…)