The Elite

The Elite


These monsters wear their guilt on their sleeve

In their grandeur they are bedecked with duplicity

They live in impregnable ivory towers of deceit

With cohorts of the damned their integrity sold

Morality lies hidden in their disgusting latrines

Weilding power in our name with limitless guile


They forge alliances with tyrants like themselves

Squandering the wealth, our wealth, on futility

Evil is their ´raison d´ etre´ borne of self and greed

They pay homage to money and disenfranchise the poor

An elite almost unassailable in their nepotism

Their avarice is insatiable and their desires carnal


Supported by spurious wealth and sycophants

They rule in the name of democracy and freedom

Bereft of any compassion their corruption knows no bounds

They are the embodiment of the self

Incapable of love they scorn emotion

They are lost but know it not


We are the pigeons in Trafalgar Square

Picking up their crumbs with obsequious gratitude

Apathy is the latest narcotic freely available

The proceeds of which the monster gathers

He has us where he wants us in easy submission

We are powerless and he knows this


◄ A Reverie

All around us ►


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keith jeffries

Sat 17th Aug 2019 19:54

Thanks for your comment

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Sat 17th Aug 2019 19:46

Hi Keith
A powerful, telling piece. Great last stanza too!

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Don Matthews

Sat 10th Aug 2019 08:19

I have followed this commentary with interest. I think you're right Keith. Most people are content/apathetic with the status quo.

However, your statement:

."The Elites are nefarious and know how far they can go. They manipulate within certain boundaries; it is only when they cross the boundaries is there due cause for concern"

of crossing the boundaries, can be the trigger needed for the content/apathetic balance to be changed. e.g when a government/council cross the border the public soon make their voice known.

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keith jeffries

Fri 9th Aug 2019 19:16


Thank you for this poignant reminder. Yet I wonder if those transgender people in the US Military who are now out of work would share this point of view or those Hispanic Families in detention centres where parents and their children have been forceably separated.The Elites are nefarious and know how far they can go. They manipulate within certain boundaries; it is only when they cross the boundaries is there due cause for concern.

Thank you again,

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John Coopey

Fri 9th Aug 2019 16:29

The irony, Keith, is that the strength of the system allows you to write this. There are many places and many times where you would not.

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keith jeffries

Fri 9th Aug 2019 11:59

Graham and Rose,

Thank you for your comments as they are much appreciated. Graham raises a good point in that to overthrow one elite is often to pave the way for another which could possibly be worse. Yet it is in those countries where there is a semblance of democracy that apathy needs to be addressed so that the elecorate can exercise real power and clip the wings of the elite. The present lack of real leadership in most western countries is, in large part, due to apathy. People can overcome these elites by participating more in local and central government rather than let the elites continue with their uninterrupted regimes. The power lies not in violent overthrow but the ballot box.

Thank you again

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Rose Casserley

Fri 9th Aug 2019 10:42

reusing the guillotine comes to mind Keith. Barbaric maybe but so is the way they treat the ' unfortunate '

An absolutely fantastic poem!

Rose ?

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 9th Aug 2019 10:10

Whilst there is little in this that I would disagree with and your language Keith is eloquently and colourfully written, there is, for me a hint of unintentional hypocrisy.

How many revolutions have toppled Royalty/Tyrants etc only for the leaders of the revolution to place themselves into the same position of power/privilege/luxury/wealth as the people that they have helped to depose.

Power corrupts everyone, privilege is keenly protected and wealth tarnishes most.

We should be careful to include all such elite in our castigations.

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keith jeffries

Fri 9th Aug 2019 09:40

Thank you all for your comments. They are much appreciated. Historically poets and writers have often been the voice of dissent and the voice of the impoverished. We must continue to speak out and write. When we do this you will observe that the elite will begin to burn books.

Thank you again

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John Marks

Fri 9th Aug 2019 06:02

It is the arrogance born of unquestioned privilege. They assume they were born to rule: even though their wealth is often inherited and they hav done nothing but receive. They make me sick. Well-penned Keith.

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Adam Rabinowitz

Fri 9th Aug 2019 05:39

I like alliterative commentary. Especially when so true and plainly spoken.

Supported by spurious wealth and sycophants

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 8th Aug 2019 23:56

We all recognise this as absolute truth, which is what makes it so sad.

J. x

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Don Matthews

Thu 8th Aug 2019 23:04

True, and well written Keith.......

Devon Brock

Thu 8th Aug 2019 22:37

Plainspoken and True, Keith. The pigeon image jumps right off the screen.


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