Disputatious Dilettantes

The precious peacock pugilists persist
In waging “war” upon a wounded world.
They lie and cheat and steal but still insist

That they the Flag of Freedom have unfurled.
In fact, these messianic maniacs
Into protective fetal balls have curled.

On temporary loan from Goldman Sachs,
They wreck financial regulations then
Coin Newspeak terms to hide their bloody tracks.

“Collateral” they call their “damage” when
Some innocent bystanders they've had killed
On orders from the pidgeon and the wren:

Those dilettantes and debutantes who thrilled
To hear of all the blood their “wars” had spilled.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2018