A political parable

by Ed Higgins

One of these days

we aren't going to believe

whatever they tell us.

Like when your mother

told you yogurt covered

raisins were really candy

only good for you.

Later when you didn't 

believe her anymore

you still ate them

sure you'd hurt her

feelings if you didn't.

Then you fed them

to your basset hound 

who would eat anything

including cat poop.

But even he saw through

the deception eventually

and refused the covered

raisins that always stuck

to the roof of his mouth

like peanut butter

only not as tasty. So even

dogs and children, mothers too,

all of us, eventually learn. Though 

not by doing what we are told.