Good Government

The patriots who made America
Great did not shrink from challenges and some
Gave their own lives–not for vacation days
And pension plans–but for the right to live

And build and love, pursuing happiness
In freedom, saved from the king’s heavy hand.
Good government comes from sound reasoning
With principles that take account of law

And human needs as well as stewardship
Of resources to meet today’s demand,
Pay debts and keep reserves for rainy days.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Protect the people from abuses that
An overzealous and tyrannical
Agency or official could inflict
On citizens, who have less power than

The forces that the government can wield.
Shall government expand its reach, or stay
Within its present limits? Private groups
And companies: What influence should

They have on the decisions made for all?
What happened to states’ rights, the concept that
The States would have more power than the Feds
Except for certain areas prescribed

For them, such as the military, roads,
Post offices, treaties with other lands?
Shall not the States have rights to educate
Their citizens as they think best for them?

The President lets endless wars drag on
Like wounded beasts limping to waterholes.
He looks at profit, not the cost in lives,
And the Joint Chiefs refine their schemes for more.

What is this right of privacy that Roe
Invented to allow the baby deaths
By tens of millions, Moloch’s barbarism?
And Congress, like a boy who stubbornly

Refuses to perform his chores, has given up
Its power to declare a war . . . or not.
Without the fear of God to curb desires,
Men take the lowest, quickest roads, and men

Lose touch with lovingkindness, empathy,
And senses of fair play that drive most people.
Rogue agents and the Deep State, aided by
Some corporations linked to billionaires,

Usurp the rule of law and warp the press
So that the legal system can’t control,
Deter, or prosecute their monstrous crimes.
To have the innocents be massacred

And profit thus from short sale of the stock–
Such evil go unpunished often, which
Encourages more crime throughout the world.
Elected representatives decide

That they’ll pretend the land and money grabs
Do not take place–or they’re too compromised
To write the laws or take the actions that
Would stop the greedy globalists, who plan

To herd the masses into megacities
And social-engineer each person’s life.
The Fourth Estate, which once held government
To close account for questionable deals,

Too biased to investigate without
Regard to parties, and too indolent
To stray from corporate narratives, becomes
A hiding place for “journalists” who have

Poor ethics, while the independent press,
Still impecunious, has forged first-class
Fresh work that goes where cowards cowering
In mainstream pressrooms are afraid to go.

Who will arise to battle tyranny,
The many-headed serpent with forked tongue,
Gorged on its gold and power and control?
Sleeper, awake, help win the worthy fight.

~Day Williams

A Breath

(Psalm 39:4)
A Breath

My life, a breath
That disappears;
How fleeting are
The human years.

~Day Williams

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER SEVEN

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER SEVEN

1 Elisha said, “Now hear the word of God.

The LORD says this: ‘About this time tomorrow,

A seah of the finest flour will sell

For but a shekel and two barley seahs

For but a shekel at Samaria’s gate.'”

2 The officer upon whose arm the king

Was leaning told the man of God, “Look, even

If God should open heavens’ floodgates, could

This happen?” “You’ll see it with your own eyes,”

Elisha said, “but you will not eat any

Of it!” 3 Four men with leprosy were at

The entrance of the city gate. They told

Each other, “Why stay here until we die? 

If we say, ‘We’ll go to the city’ –as

The famine’s there, we’ll die, 4 and if we stay

Here, we will die, so let’s go over to

The camp of Arameans and surrender.

If they spare us, we live; if they kill us,

We die.” 5 They rose at dusk and went off to

The camp of Arameans. When they reached

The edge of camp, no one was there, 6 because

The Lord had made the Arameans hear

The sound of chariots and horses and

A giant army, so that they told one

Another, “Look, the king of Israel

Has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings

To go against us!” 7 So they rose and fled

In dusk and they abandoned all their tents  

Donkeys and horses, leaving the whole camp

The way it was and running for their lives.

8 The lepers reached the edge of camp, went in

A tent and ate and drank, then they took gold,

Silver and clothes, and went off and hid them.

They came back and went in another tent

And took some things from it and hid them, too,

9 Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing

Is not right. This is a good news day and

We’re keeping it all to ourselves. If we

Wait until daylight, we’ll be punished. Let’s

Go and report this to the royal palace.”

            10 They went and told the city gatekeepers.

They called and told them, “We went in the camp

Of Arameans and no one was there:

No sound of anybody, but the horses

And donkeys tethered there, and tents left just

As they were.” 11 Gatekeepers called out the news,

Which was reported in the palace, 12 so

The king got up and told his officers

In night, “I will tell you what Arameans

Have done to us; they know we’re starving; so

They’ve left the camp to hide in countryside. They think,

 ‘They’ll certainly come out, and then we will

Take them alive and get into the city.’”

13 One officer replied, “Have some men take

Five horses that are left inside the city.

Their plight will be like Israelites left here–

Yes, they will only be like Israelites

Here who are doomed, so let us send them out

To find out what occurred.” 14 so they selected

Two chariots with horses, and the king

Sent them to chase the Aramean army.

He told the drivers, “Go and find out what

Has happened, so they followed them far as

The Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn

With gear and clothing that the Arameans

Had thrown away in headlong flight; and so

The messengers returned and told the king

What they had seen, then people went out and

Plundered the camp of Arameans. So

A seah of the finest flour sold for

A shekel, and two barley seahs sold

For but a shekel, as the LORD had said.

17 The king had put the officer upon

Whose arm he leaned as supervisor of

The gate, and people trampled him inside

The gateway, and he died, just as the man

Of God had said would happen when the king

Came to his house. 18 It happened as the man

Of God had told the king: “About this time

Tomorrow will a seah of fine flour

Be selling for a shekel and two seahs

Of barley for a shekel at the gate

Known as Samaria.” 19 The officer

Had told the man of God, “Look, even if

The LORD should open up the floodgates of

The heavens, could this happen?” And the man

Of God had said, “You will see it with your

Own eyes, but you won’t eat a bite of it!”

20 And that’s exactly what occurred to him,

Because the people trampled him inside

The gateway and they crushed him, and he died.

December 6: “Robin with Worm,” pen and ink drawing by Day Williams

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A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,-
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim.