The world could use less concentrated wealth
among the one percent,
and fewer folks who have to wait for health
until their strength is spent.
People who have been injured
should not pay crazy costs
jacked up so the health-insured
get discounts on their cots.
We need less thousand-dollar coffins
while kids live on the street;
stop overpaying for black boxes
that rot beneath our feet.
The world should heed its pastors saying,
“Stop your awful masturbating
to attractive actors mating,
while there’s woe and gnashing waiting.”
We need more kids who make their beds
and take their dad’s advice,
so they don’t grow up baking meth
and getting high on Spice.
Let’s stoke curiosity
instead of overstressing,
and focus more on quality
and less on standard testing.
We need less pros on Photoshop –
non-stop software Svengalis –
who retouch and clone and crop
till women hate their bodies.
The world needs less speech that’s labeled hate
when people don’t agree;
they try to stifle all debate
and say “Diversity!”
The world could do with less pronouns,
and gay pride campaigns;
and put an end to road slowdowns
by building high-speed trains.
The world could use a lot more Jesus
and a lot less devil;
we need to know a Savior sees us,
both our Hyde and Jekyll.
It shouldn’t take a law degree
to know the law is wrong,
and agreements that we read
should not be overlong.
The world could use more whistleblowers
to expose abuse;
fewer pistols, more peace brokers
working on a truce.
Let’s stop polluting with our fracking,
so contaminants aren’t spread;
plus we keep feuding over packing
while our best advocates are dead.
We should give more to mendicants
and those who seek a sou;
we worry they’ll misspend our cents,
but we misuse them, too.
Congress needs less elephants and asses
campaigning in the corporate plazas,
representing one-percent of classes,
while the rabble work to pay their taxes.
When your career politicians
are more well-known for sex positions
than steering oversight commissions,
the left and right have lost their missions.
The world needs fewer super PACs
that seduce our bureaucrats
to produce ads that attack
while playing fast and loose with fact.
The world could use a lesser dose
of tarot cards and horoscopes,
and more folks who ignore the hoax
and get their facts from sites like Snopes.
The world needs fewer drunken dudes
hitting Hooters up for boobs,
chicken wings and more junk foods
fueling firewater feuds.
Folks should be quick to take twelve steps
away from liquor and regrets;
the world could use more suffragettes
and suffer through less cigarettes.
Let’s stop bowing heads to mobile phones
instead of down in prayer,
and folding hands o’er pleasure’s moans
in a self-love affair.
The world needs fewer heavy gales
to prove that our levies can fail;
less junk in tellies and the mail,
more healthy fare like Veggie Tales.
We need less rovers in space races,
soldiers patrolling remote bases,
moles decoding mobile traces,
and negotiators with two faces;
instead our chiefs in oval bases
should shake the planet’s global stasis
by growing voters’ total wages
and giving nations social graces.
We need more random acts of kindness,
less Jack Daniels, more Aquinas,
and to stand up for moral rightness
when quarrels threaten to divide us.