By Tarzana Joe



I long for the ages

When sages

Spoke sooth

Today I just hope

For one moment of truth


One sentence of honesty’s

What I would rather

Than pages and pages

Of bunkum and blather


Even for rivals Bill Clinton and Newt

Facts were just facts

And not up for dispute


Now it’s all smoke and all image and show

I don’t trust a word

No, not even, “Hello.”


Is this where we’ve come to?

Is this now the test?

Those that would lead us

Are those that lie best


Saying they’ll fix

Both the climate and crime

Promising that it won’t cost us a dime


Oh for a voice that’s sedate and sincere

Who says what he means and the meaning is clear


But when such a person arrives in their town

He’s savaged and silenced and told to sit down


An honest contender’s a lamb to the slaughter

And if you don’t trust me, then don’t drink the water



Tarzana Joe, the poet laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, can be heard on air in the 3rd hour of the broadcast on most Fridays. His wonderful poetry can be found at


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