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Tea Party Today

by Quentin S Clingerman

It was raining and chilly
But the atmosphere was warm and enthusiastic
People of all ages, walks of life
Gathered in front of City Hall

Megaphone announcements
Signs galore
Chanting patriotic
But a singular call

No more bailouts
Cut the spending
Less government
Cut taxes

People were friendly but fed up
Government is the problem
Not the solution
Walked from City Hall to Winchester Hall

A sea of umbrellas, signs, flags, and tea bags
No threats, no violence, just deep concern

No threats, no violence, just deep concern


Author's Note: There were several hundred people who gathered in front of the City Hall in Frederick, MD. Winchester Hall is a couple of blocks away and is the seat of the county government.

Posted on 04/16/2009
Copyright © 2021 Quentin S Clingerman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 04/16/09 at 02:11 PM

Yes Quentin I'd love to stop supporting the military, medicare, medicade, and the tax cuts of the wealthy.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 04/16/09 at 02:11 PM

...a good bird's-eye view, sans MSNBC.

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 04/16/09 at 08:35 PM

Less Big Government maybe and more local with people taking care of the community around them might be the answer. smh

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/16/09 at 10:41 PM

We feel the same concern here in Canada, Quentin. What a mess, but I am still confident that our peacefully voiced opinions do not go in vain. It was bound to happen sooner or later, the exposure of the greed of the few, at the expense of the many. This history repeats itself again and again; the French Revolution especially comes to mind. Well laid out, thought provoking, and what global citizen can't be affected by your poem...what inspired it?

Posted by Tony Young on 04/17/09 at 06:52 AM

That singular call seems so small a voice in this world event triggered by (as Chris puts it) "greed of the few". I always thought the youngsters in life were the rebels...well said Que

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 04/22/09 at 04:17 AM

Sounds like something Country Joe MccDonald needs to write about. Great write!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/13/09 at 12:33 PM

What I like is the sense of connection with others and the commitment to having your voice heard, but especially the non-violence in the experience.

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