Freedom to Fear

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in 2009, Choken Word, healthcare, politics


2014 health care reform will help my situation.
That said, I’m finding it hard to muster the appreciation.
Only four more years and we will be there.
My pre-existing condition will finally be square.

I will be able to get sick and not wonder where
my treatment will come from when I lay bare
without employment in the transition of life.
As transition is one’s life when going through strife.

Only four more years and I will be there.
I will be able to find happiness in life’s despair.
My only hope is that I am still aware.
That I am not just a body sitting with a blank stare.

I’m in the state of being alive and taking care of my mate.
The state of raising a family and living for dates
That are on the horizon for most of us.
Hoping to see my girls getting on a school bus.

See them discover boys and act a fool.
See them spend all summer in the swimming pool.
Growing closer as they learn to trust and love one another.
I wonder if they will have me there to help them discover

The beauty of this world of which we all share.
The obstacles I’ve conquered of which to beware.
Four more years to be a moving target for my policy.
Just long enough for one to give up and embrace insanity.

There is no arc for the character in this poem.
Maybe if you knew he started from a belief that some
never dreamed would come true and never believed
That real health care reform could be achieved.

But this protagonist had hope in spades.
He thought that universal health care had to be the only way.
That there was no way that a family must live in fear.
That freedom from fear was a right to hold dear.

And now as this poet sits and recollects
He will never again fight for something he knows he can’t affect.
That no matter the amount of energy put into believen.
that politics is for politicians not for average citizens.



  1. globatron
    December 21, 2009

    Originally I had thought that the bill was going to do away with the pre-existing condition clause. And it will for children in 2010 but not for adults until 2014.

    The reason being is that the insurance companies can afford to do it for children because they are the most likely to not have a pre-existing condition.

    The way it was presented on NPR is that insurance companies won’t be able to afford to do it for adults until all adults are in the insurance pool of which everyone will have to buy into, but not until 2014.

    One reason I find this hard to believe is the profits that have been made in the past and present taking advantage of the average citizen with a pre-existing condition. I could go on and on but I’m out of politics after this. This is sort of the straw that broke this camel’s back.

  2. Akbar Lightning
    December 21, 2009

    amen brother, the time for revolution is now…

    what can be said about us, is that we tried democracy, we really did, we gave it all our best intentions. we can no longer be blamed for attempting to restore our rights.

    the nature of insurance is simple, a bunch of people pool their money, and when somebody is sick, there is plenty in the pool. that pool is a very simple idea, but it stops working when somebody puts a pump into that pool and sucks out all the water. these ideas are simple, and the solution is simple, i’m dead serious about this insurance idea. let’s build a page and i’ll start promoting it.

    i love the idea of going into direct competition with the government and the corporate giants who believe that greed is healthy. when we show them that eliminating greed will make more viable businesses, they will be left without a pot to piss in. we’ll show them true single-payer solutions.

    the hope a dope is complete…now we can finally accept that a class struggle is the only solution. great poem by the way…


  3. globatron
    December 21, 2009

    I’m all for it. Anything I can do to feel like I’m actually making a difference. I guess it’s time for me to pull myself up by my bootstraps.

    Yeah I believe the hope-a-dope has gone full circle now.

    Thanks mate.


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