2014, RIP

a people without a heartbeat

only an oozing of ichor

through the mighty veins

of body politic

myths o’erthrown

with algorithmic wizardry

tagged in the margins

of secret ledgers

etched on the back

of cat videos

nothing noble lives here long

the honorable men have all been forgotten

those who wear uniforms, pins, and badges

have traded in service for servants

as if the jig were up

but they 

    want us

        to keep