Social Work-Out

The curious thing about social work
is the contradiction contained therein.
The cognitive dissonance drives one berserk.
(but NEVER refer to the issue as sin).

While family breakdown compounds and surrounds us,
the more our employment remains secured;
while the plight of society grieves and confounds us,
pragmatic self-interest will have the last word.

Ironic scenario: death by success.
when our methods empower, we’re out of a client…
there’s always behavior we need to address
as we challenge – yet keep them compliant.

Their full liberation would make us superfluous –
(service-bureaucracies bank on dysfunction)
dependence for them means more case-numbers for us
while programs roll on, overriding compunction.

L.B.J’s Great Society, founded in charity,
morphed and devolved into mamas on welfare;
enabling breakdown, promoting disparity
(taxpayer-funded entitled class-warfare).

 

Social Work-Out

The curious thing about social work
is the contradiction contained therein.
The cognitive dissonance drives one berserk.
(but NEVER refer to the issue as sin).

While family breakdown compounds and surrounds us,
the more our employment remains secured;
while the plight of society grieves and confounds us,
pragmatic self-interest will have the last word.

Ironic scenario: death by success.
when our methods empower, we’re out of a client…
there’s always behavior we need to address
as we challenge – yet keep them compliant.

Their full liberation would make us superfluous –
(service-bureaucracies bank on dysfunction)
dependence for them means more case-numbers for us
while programs roll on, overriding compunction.

L.B.J’s Great Society, founded in charity,
morphed and devolved into mamas on welfare;
enabling breakdown, promoting disparity
(taxpayer-funded entitled class-warfare).

 

Stuff Poetry Hates:

Pseudo-Oriental visions
Haiku, Tanka, exotic terms
Vapid New Age vibe-transmissions
proliferating eastern germs…

Anarchistic thought collages
Existential lacerations
Nihilistic heart-massages
Incoherent lamentations,

Communism on a mission,
grievance-mongering, stewed in hate;
pounding Fascist fusion/fission
chanting harshly: ours the state,

Hymns to Gods who choked on vomit
undertaken in overdose;
rocks that never rose to comet
rolling – but ending comatose,

Hipster ironies, tongue in chic
Metro-wimps who feign the normal,
Redneck rantings up the creek
semaphoric,  semi-formal,

matron’s maudlin observations,
motivational hypnosis,
(sentimental medications
offered prior to diagnosis),

coldly abstract neo-nonsense
read (by dullards) as cutting edge,
letters void of correspondence;
well-trimmed words’ linguistic hedge.

Climate whining (tried untrue)
with eco-prophecies warning doom,
Wiccans and tree-sprites trying to
undo the curse and lift the gloom,

Feministic tribal ranting,
Race-complaining, agitation,
GLBT gallivanting –
all are blights upon our nation.

Boring modernist excess,
(no longer daring, formulaic)
confounds—yet never can address
what’s wrong, and so becomes prosaic.

Lists like this are perhaps  the worst;
another symptom of our times:
we who are woefully unversed
in rhythmic complaining that rhymes.

Gloomy, Elitist and Irrelevant

Most people also have a narrow definition of poetry.
When told that poetry can include rap, football chants and verses in greeting cards, they become more supportive of the medium. […]
The public has a problem with the image of poetry. It was often perceived as out-of-touch, gloomy, irrelevant, effeminate, high-brow and elitist. […]
Amongst the general public, contemporary poetry had an even more negative image.
On first reflection it was commonly perceived as inaccessible, complex and lacking rhyme and rhythm.

Full article by David Lister HERE