Decieved and Betrayed

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Kari thinks life is a miraculous thing. We get smarter and find out how little we know as we get older. An oxymoron? Maybe.

It's all they can do to keep lambs alive
It's all they can do to keep lambs alive | Source

Deceived

Dimensions deceived, lives led astray.

They say hope is dead, greed wins the day.

Sheep all now follow, trustful as lambs,

Capering and cavorting into the wolves buffet.

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Too Trusting

I feel we are a little too trusting with our government. People are people no matter where they work. And some people lie and cheat. I am just more aware of the lying and cheating done in Congress and the White House because of the news.

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Divergence abhorred, keep in line, keep in line.

Follow the path, alone, not entwined.

Others are strange, keep away, keep away.

As paranoia slowly opens a shrine.

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Paranoia

We are fed news every minute of every day. And it is almost always bad news. The news makes all stranger seem to be conniving and dangerous. If you watch enough news, paranoia will start seeping into your soul.

Keep in line, keep in line
Keep in line, keep in line | Source

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Fed fear and hate to keep them apart,

Their stewards ingesting their souls and their hearts.

Laughing curs feast on the poor sheep’s entrails,

While sheep turn blind eyes, denying their parts.

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Not My Fault

Funny how everything that happens is someone else's fault. It's not our fault that people do not get along. Someone else voted for that politician we all dislike . . . or, we weren't the only ones who voted.

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Each sheep just trying hard to survive;

It’s all they can do to keep lambs alive.

Wolves cut the herd and devour the strays.

Divide and digest is what they contrive.

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Sheep disremembering the bond of their whole,

Believing the lies, deceiving their souls.

Dangerous strays, different than we,

chaos and mayhem their ultimate goal.

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Doing What We Must

We all are doing what we must to live. We work all day to go home and be with our families. Homework, dinner, dishes, chores, cuddling, relaxing . . . after all this there is a minuscule amount of energy left to care about what is happening in the government.

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"Hurray for the wolves!", the sheep all proclaim,

"They cull out the different before they can maim.

Keeping us safe in our beds and our land,

We slumber secure that all are the same."

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Safety

We think we are safe and that our government is looking out for us, but really it is teaching us hate. Speaking in generalities hurts people. Unlike what our government thinks, all Mexican are not rapists and thieves. All Muslims are not terrorists.

We are more alike than we are different. We must embrace our differences and learn from each other. We cannot let some people get labeled dangerous just because of where they are from. We must overcome our fears and stick together.

We are allowing many types of surveillance to be used "against criminals". How long until we are the criminals?

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The wool over their eyes, denying their sight.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing are coming to light.

The ones they so trusted were not who they thought,

Deceivers, impostors, not shining white knights.

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Denial

In the last several years it has become increasingly obvious that many in our government are only there to make government work for them. I do not feel many are working for the everyday person, the person living paycheck to paycheck.

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The strong had been taken, strays they'd been called,

All protectors destroyed while sheep held enthralled.

Fed fear and hate to keep them apart,

The stewards ingested their souls and their hearts.

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Unwitting pawns in a game played for greed,

The sheep allowed the wolves to succeed.

Sheep now are subject, abridged and controlled.

Wishing for safety, their freedom they sold.

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Where Are We Going?

I hope the end never becomes true, but I think it becomes more true every day. We need to be careful with our freedom and not give it up either through fear or ignorance.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing are coming to light.
Wolves in sheep’s clothing are coming to light. | Source

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    © 2019 Kari Poulsen

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      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        3 days ago from Ohio

        Nell, I agree, once someone's mind is set no one can change it but themself. And I agree with "politics . . . yuck! I wish I knew some of these things when I was younger.

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        Nell Rose 

        5 days ago from England

        I really discovered it yesterday when I was chatting on facebook about politics, yes yuck! lol! the fact is, you can never change someone's mind if they are set they are set. love the poem too!

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        12 days ago from Ohio

        Thank you, Mark. Wisdom is so hard to come by.

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        Mark Tulin 

        12 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Kari, you make many good points We need more wisdom and not to be so narrow minded.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        2 weeks ago from Ohio

        Me too.

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        A B Williams 

        2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        I'm all for education; indoctrination, not so much.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        2 weeks ago from Ohio

        Yes it is debatable but it's my opinion. It's probably a subconscious prejudice I have not yet examined. Lol

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        A B Williams 

        2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        That’s debatable! ;)

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        Kari Poulsen 

        2 weeks ago from Ohio

        A B Williams, thank you very much! I find it funny that sheep invaded the game. I feel these 2 schools struggle to maintain the status quo (I could be mistaken). Are you sure they weren't students?

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        A B Williams 

        2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Just had a conversation with my husband over the weekend, when we saw footage of the Harvard-Yale football game, interrupted by a slew of sheep.

        Many not knowing why they were there, in the middle of the football field, just that they had gotten caught up in a moment, as they followed the crowd. Not always a good plan, for it sometimes leads to cliffs and other dangerous places.

        Great job on this. You are a gifted writer.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you Gregory! I really think there is more good news, just no one goes back to check how it turned out. News outlets like to print news that makes people check back. (Funny how it is news outlets now, instead of newspapers.)

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        Gregory DeVictor 

        4 weeks ago

        Kari, you’ve done a really fine job by combining poetry and prose. Yes, I agree with what you’ve expressed throughout your presentation. Yes, 98.6% of news is unfavorable, “many in our government are only there to make government work for them.” Great job!

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you so much Dora! I blame myself a bit and everyone else who did not think politics was worth paying attention to. I hope and pray it is not too late for us.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful and unique presentation with a very relevant message. Your final counsel in "Where Are We Going?" is worth remembering.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Shannon, I agree, I remember when I trusted the President and Congress to do what was best for us. Not anymore. That word "nasty" resonates with me. We are starting an impeachment hearing today. I would like to think our current state of affairs was caused by one individual, but I know it is not. Thanks for stopping by, it's good to see you again also!

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 weeks ago from Texas

        Hi Kari. I don't recall ever reading any poetry from you. This collection is really good and worth contemplating. Maybe I'm just more aware of it than I used to be, but I don't recall politics ever being as nasty as it has been for the last couple of presidents, especially the current one. It's almost as if "politics" is some evil force of its own encouraging people to hate one another, name call, and pick sides against an unknown enemy.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Bill, Thanks for stopping by and reading. I feel local politics are a good place to focus. I agree it is much easier to effect change at that level. And, on a local level, you may meet someone willing to take on DC. I think it is important to remain involved, however you do it!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I have had to step back from national politics and concentrate more on local community. At least on a local level I feel like I can make a difference and be heard. I'm afraid I have very little hope for the D.C. crowd. Loved your poetry and completely agree with the sentiment.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you Iqra! I think it is pretty much the same all over the world. It makes me so sad. I wish I had some idea of how to fix this, but it seems so pervasive.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Brenda, thank you for your kind words! I cannot understand what is going on in our government. I feel they are trying to force us into a type of serfdom. I am also tired of the way things are being run, but we need to remain aware.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Paula, thank you!! I, also, spend some quiet time every day centering myself. I refuse to watch the news, but I do read my news on the internet. I also value my peace of mind. But we need to remain aware of things to change them. It is very nice to hear from you!

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you, Flourish Anyway. I agree and am scared that the corruption goes deeper. It is unsettling that I feel the government is using us instead of helping us. I will watch that documentary, although I'll probably be sad after.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Beth, thank you very much! I agree, I am fed up with career politicians. I do not think politician should be a career. It needs to be a calling.

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        Iqra 

        4 weeks ago from Pakistan

        This is a splendid piece, tackling an important subject. It is pretty much the same where I live...

        clever write

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        I love how you write this poem with the reflections of your thoughts.

        This poem could have been about other things, but the government fits it well also.

        It is a sad way it is being handled. So many times i turn the channel...i just go on with my life because i get tired of seeing the mishandling.

        Nice write.

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        Paula 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Hello, Kari....I remember you well, from a wonderful article you wrote 2 years ago, about one of your profound life experiences. Your new profile photo is so pretty! You look wonderful and happy......none the less for your ordeal!

        This piece is excellent. Your talent shines through. Personally, I try each day to "deprogram" myself of the trash we are fed day in and day out. More importantly, I've taken to avoiding a lot of the news or listening to the chitter-chatter from the masses. Peace of mind seems at a premium, but I'm willing to spend the time and effort to have it!

        Very enjoyable read, Kari. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Paula

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Excellent job. I agree with your sentiments. I have also come to the conclusion that there is corruption that goes deeper than we ever knew. I came to this conclusion after watching a 2019 Netflix docuseries called "The Family." You'll never look at certain things the same way (like the National Prayer Breakfast!).

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        Beth Perry 

        4 weeks ago from Tennesee

        Your poem is amazing. I think it sums up the growing discontent citizens feel toward career politicians. You voiced it with clarity and an attractive style.

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Our circumstances today do correlate nicely with your book. I'll be keeping an eye out, lol.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Pamela, I agree that Congress and the White House are in terrible shape. I also think they are out of touch with normal Americans. Their pay is above average and their health insurance is different than ours.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        4 weeks ago from Ohio

        Eric, There must always be forgiveness. People can change.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

        This is a unique way of stating the obvious. Obvious to the non-sheep, that is. You did a grand job, but I'm sorry that this had to be written. This kind of reminds me of a fantasy novel I'm reading. The evil king puts a ring with a black stone on the fingers of the people in his court, and they are hypnotized into following and supporting his evil deeds. Maybe we need to start checking our government's supporters to see if they are wearing mysterious rings with black stones.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I found youe poetry and words cery thought provoking. Congress is disgusting lately as they are not doing anything that we elected them to do.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Cool. I never thought of in and orderly fashion. Somehow and somewhere I just thought that is what people do. I kind of gave it up around '90 too much work. But I just assume my family will fall to these notions. Otherwise why would we have forgiveness?

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