What the world needs
The world needs less fences
and far more friendly faces,
fewer false pretenses
and a million open spaces.
No more politicians,
but a billion promise-keepers,
men who want to listen,
instead of chronic speakers.
Hospitals should stop raising costs
just to mark them down
for people who insure their yachts
while others can’t buy gowns.
We need more presidents who just preside
instead of those who rule;
more leaders who let pride subside
instead of adding fuel.
The world could use a lot more parents
training future leaders
by correcting in forbearance
instead of blaming teachers.
The world could use less chintz and merch
and buying extra houses,
and more gents who repent in church
for lying to their spouses.
The world could use a lot more Jesus
and a lot less shame;
we trade our soul for a prosthesis,
but still feel the pain.
Let’s stop worrying o’er crises du jour,
forgetting the big picture;
we pay a price that’s premature
when we forget our scripture.
The world needs fewer IRAs,
brokers and deposits,
but more business guys who pray
and give away their profits.
The world could use less hidden fees
set up by sleazy men
content to see our wallets squeezed
while they get rich again.
The world needs fewer billionaires
charging too high a price,
and more civilians in the squares
marching for their rights.
The world should close the ozone holes
and stop the doomsday clock;
both would help to save our souls
from looming woe and shock.
We need less folks who bristle at woe
and more whistleblowers,
more epistles like Thoreau’s,
and far less stone throwers.
The world needs more open meetings
and freedom of the press,
fewer correspondant beatings
and journalist arrests.
The world could use less Facebook time
and more in paperbacks,
plus fewer hours hooked on Prime,
watching Mars Attacks.
The world needs less misinformation,
spewing untrue things,
and a lot more legislation
preventing mass shootings.
Let’s stop living life for content
and try to be content;
we don’t need a million likes and comments
to live in the present.
Let’s hand docs to the undocumented
and help them to their feet,
and stocks to all the apprehended
criminals we meet.
The world could use less Stephen King,
and less R.L. Stine,
weaving stories filled with evil things
that gnarl naive minds.
The world could use a lot less suing
and less time in court;
fewer people bent on screwing,
more who lend support.
The would could use far fewer suits
so courtrooms remain vacant,
more couples who stay in cahoots
so there’s no support payments.
We need fewer pageants for young girls,
filled with hyper-sexualization,
as well as fewer patent trolls
The world could use a lot less porn
and less masturbation;
let’s do as the pastor warned
and ask for our salvation.
The world needs fewer deepfakes
lying to our eyes,
and less creeps who lie awake
awaiting our demise.
The world could use less pride parades
and more humility,
we need more people who will pray
and less who just agree.
The world needs fewer strip clubs
with lap dances and Don Juans,
and far more committed hubs,
who keep their damn pants on.
The world could use more arboretums,
preserving what we need,
and far more religious freedom
to plant and tend each seed.
The world needs fewer landfills
and to conserve the ocean,
we need more fans of Lindsay Mills,
as well as Edward Snowden.
The world could use more whistleblowers
to expose abuse;
fewer pistols and more soldiers
working on a truce.
The world could use less nuclear weapons
running down the doomsday clock of dread
while hours turn to measly seconds
and nations stay at loggerheads.
The world could use less two-armed bandits,
as well as those with one,
both are crooks but some enchants us
more without the gun.
The world needs more Salvation Armys
and a lot less Hooters,
fewer wild bachelor parties
and more handsome suitors.
The world could use a lot less swiping
and far more first dates;
fewer women advertising
and more true love waits.
We should ponder before posting comments
just what it is we’re musing,
and get rid of sponsored content
meant to be confusing.
The world could use less hypocrites
who pretend to agree,
and sites that live off hits and clicks
while feigning privacy.
We need less young adults residing
at their parents’ place;
the world needs men who are providing,
not grown neonates.
We need less hacking from the types
who leave us doomed and boggled,
and fewer maddening tax hikes
to fund each new boondoggle.
We need less millionaires in Congress
who’ve come to the conclusion
that civilians have a fondness
for corruption and collusion.
The world needs fewer sneaky laws
with friendly-sounding names,
hiding crimes within a clause
and playing legal games.
It shouldn’t take a law degree
to interpret legal jargon
and let’s not have to press “agree”
for every buy and bargain.
Let’s return to having states
that rule as they see fit,
instead of national dictates
to which we must submit.
Let’s re-roll all the red tape
that holds our state together,
and take away whatever breaks
to make the nation better.
Let’s stop thinking presidents will save us
from every evil we perceive;
and saying that they have betrayed us
when they don’t achieve.
Let’s stop treating presidents like kings
for they’re just one chunk
of a government with many rings,
yet we’ve made them the trunk.
We should respect correct elections
e’en when we feel sour;
let’s reject any insurrections
and pray for those in power.
The world could use less blue and red,
let’s look for lavender instead
and steps to lessen hate.
We need fewer calls to “rock the libs!”
and “topple the teabaggers!”
and fewer brash conservatives
and leftist woke cadavers.
The world could use less blood-filled shoes,
and more filled blood banks;
let’s take Lil Nas off the news
and turn on more Tom Hanks.
The world could use a few more manners
and people helping out
instead of charlatans and scammers
The world should step away from checking
tech like Zoom, PayPal, TikTok,
while ignoring nuclear weapons
sipping seconds from the doomsday clock.
We need more cinders smeared on foreheads,
plus more parish classes,
and to give up nuclear warheads
before we all turn to ashes.
We need more pro-life congregations
saving all the babes,
and less nuclear proliferation
setting earth ablaze.
We need less guilty-pleasure shopping
and more giving beyond measure,
let’s put down all of our binge-watching
and enjoy time together.
We don’t need eighty-inch TVs
and binging streaming shows,
but a lot more memories
and bringing people close.
Let’s get to know our neighbors again
and open up our doors;
let’s fill the world with many friends
instead of settled scores.
We need more engineers and makers
and fewer TikTok stars,
let’s build fast trains and great skyscrapers,
then send men off to Mars!
Subways shouldn’t sink a budget,
and towers shouldn’t bring us debt;
let’s teach our kids how to construct
and build the future yet!
We need fewer off-shore bank accounts
used for tax avoidance,
with transfers in rank amounts
known only to clairvoyants.
We must quit corporate monopolies
and stop what is illegal;
they commit highway robberies
with profits over people.
We could use less concentrated wealth
among the one percent,
and fewer folks who have to wait for health
till they’re under cement.
We need fewer prisons and more schools
to help people learn skills,
and men who listen to the rules
instead of popping pills.
The world could use less lotteries
in the name of raising scholars;
they’re voluntary robberies
draining folks of dollars.
We wonder why we are not fed,
expecting bread from stones;
we could be praying, but instead,
we bow our heads to phones.
The world needs less Assassin’s Creed,
less quarrels and more compacts,
fewer folks on grass and weed,
and no more Mortal Kombat.
We need more kids who make their beds
and listen to the their moms,
so they don’t grow up baking meth
and making cherry bombs.
The world needs fewer war memorials,
less marching in the streets,
and a million more tutorials
on how to keep the peace.
Unless we build solar panels by the legions
and turbines with huge torque,
we’ll be wearing sandals in the polar regions
and snorkels in New York.
We should end polluting rivers
with old plants in our coal towns,
and stop confusing genders
with a thousand new pronouns.
Let’s not throw out values that we’ve had
for, say, two-thousand years,
because Matthew can’t marry Brad,
and Pam can’t be Pierre.
The world could use less boys in dresses
in girls’ locker rooms;
knowing gender shouldn’t take ten guesses
and be taught in cartoons.
Let’s stop celebrating each trans “first”
as if sin’s to be esteemed;
with each salute we’re further cursed
and further from redeemed.
The world needs more people who agree
that we can have debate;
for men defend diversity
but call a difference “hate.”
Let’s stop labeling folks with phobias
when they disagree
with our visions of utopias
that suddenly aren’t free.
Let’s treat each other with respect,
instead of trying hard
to be politically correct
and always on our guard.
Stop erasing what disgusts
and learn from history,
end defacing famous busts
but replace Mister Lee.
Let’s pause on the P.C. course
where we do not consider
the evils we ourselves endorse
while shaming folks on Twitter.
The world could use less paranoia
that the past will bite,
and a lot less schadenfreude
when other’s evils come to light.
The world should stop rebranding sin,
calling perversion “pride,”
and preferring “abortion”
to saying “genocide.”
We need more folks who donate organs
just to lower total orphans,
and let’s slap warnings on abortions
that a human life is shortened.
The world needs more respect for sex
so we discourage AIDS;
and let’s stop downing Mifeprex
to murder all our babes.
The world could do with less date rape
and violence in relationships;
let’s lower the teenage birth rate
and make the nation wait for kids.
Let’s catch the people skimming bank codes,
thinking they can steal,
and yank the drivers off the roads
who drink behind the wheel.
Let’s stop focusing on testing logs
that stress our students straight
until all of our pedagogues
are proxies of the state.
The world could use more scholarships
to give kids education,
and a lot less dollar tips
to pay debt obligations.
The world should stop expecting kids
to learn until they’re thirty,
churning out degrees to pigs
until the pearls are dirty.
Let’s stop mass-producing college grads
in massive mounds of debt,
and teach kids skills they need to have,
not knowledge they’ll forget.
Let’s stop the fracking ‘neath our feet,
polluting all our wells,
and feuding over packing heat
while children die from shells.
Let’s stop thinking that we know it all
when we’ve just heard parts;
the more the pride, the more the fall,
the more the broken hearts.
Let’s end addition to our drugs
and stop popping pills;
the world needs more prescription hugs
with lots of free refills.
that users understand,
not fifty pages so obtuse
that lawsuits rule the land.
Let’s stop waiting for the feds to save us
with their latest favors,
that serve only to enslave us
to our state caretakers.
The world could use less super PACs
puking over finance laws –
an exaggerated stupid tax
for inauguration balls.
Let’s stop licensing every last field,
till life requires rubber stamps,
and spending silver on our seals,
till liberty must snuff her lamps!
We need more common folks in Congress,
artists, builders, mothers –
let’s get some joes who have a conscience,
then step aside for others.
The world should wipe away one law
for every law that passes,
so we don’t have to take a class
just to do our taxes.
We need less time scrolling through scams,
tapping on clickbait,
and more seconds holding hands,
watching the Big Eight.
The world could use less vaccine skeptics
who only question fact;
we need more folks who wax poetic
and less who just distract.
Let’s give away more beds and meals
and help the needy quick;
let’s lower marked-up medical bills
so high they make us sick.
We need less doc-assisted suicide
and slimy death machines,
when it’s God who should decide
the time we die and means.
The world needs men who learn to quit
while they are ahead,
and implement a term limit
before they die instead.
We should listen when someone says “rape”
and actually test the kits,
instead of rolling out red tape
and saying, “case dismissed.”
The world has no place for abortion
when adoption is an option;
yet often we ignore our sin
and pop mail-order toxins.
The world should show respect a second,
instead of mocking those presiding,
lest we’re left holding the weapon
while democracy lie dying.
We need men who stand up to regimes
by blocking paths of tanks,
and people who still have a dream –
and, free at last, give thanks.
The world could use less ransomware,
more random acts of kindness,
less abandonment, more care,
for the folks behind us.
The world could use less cross-dressing
and instead turn to the cross,
but we gloss over transgressing
and call trans-haters lost.
The world needs fewer landfills
and more people who fill hands,
a lot less anti-stress pills
and more souls who understand.
Less folks who file lawsuits,
more who file into pews,
settling all their disputes
with a much longer fuse.
The world needs fewer border walls
and more Borders books;
scholarships instead of brawls,
hugs and not right hooks.
Let’s stop forcing folks to track their earnings
when the feds already do it,
we require complex tax returns
just to buoy Jackson Hewitt.
Let’s stop being passive-aggressive
and address our friends with passion,
plus we should stop acting progressive
while we pass on taking action.
The world could use less revenge porn
and far more repenting;
like we could use a tinge more scorn
and not a happy ending.
The world could use more social graces,
not faces stuck in mobile phones;
let’s stop scrolling over pages
and get closer with the Jones.
Let’s put away our doom machines
and look at others’ eyes,
let’s listen when they tell their dreams
and help them reach the skies.
The world needs less electric waste
and more tech repairs;
let’s make devices that won’t break
in the first seven years.
We should care about our titles less
and have less entitled Karens;
we should seek out other folks’ success,
but bridle all our barons.
The world needs fewer billionaires
flogging all their wares and thrills,
and more people who eschew affairs
for a marriage they rebuild.
The world could do without doom scrolling –
taking its toll on truth;
instead, we need a boom in voting
and doting on our youth.
The world could use less superpredators
and communistic goons;
let’s put our Putins on sedatives
and try our Kim Jong Uns.
The world could use less mass destruction
and more men attending mass;
quit the arms race and production
of maddening attacks.
The world could use far less Duke Nukeum
and more Duke degrees,
fewer students who are fluking
classes that they need.
Let’s stop marginalizing prophets
and boosting profit margins;
let’s focus less on the stock markets
and more on stalks in gardens.
The world needs fewer suits of law
and men who suit themselves,
more hellos and friendly calls
and far less farewells.
If our hands spent less time holding phones
and more time holding hands,
perhaps the whole world would be known
for love and not demands.
The world could use less fortune tellers
torturing the same poor fellers
who put their distorted hopes
in tarot cards and horoscopes.
The world could use more voices going
to the polls with ranked-choice voting,
so instead of two sides in a brawl,
we can decide who’s best for all.
The world could use less death and taxes
and a lot more deep breath classes,
plus a few more jobs in thinking
instead of all its problem drinking.
The world could do with less proud snark
from foul mouths found on South Park,
and place profanity restrictions
on shows like Family Guy and Simpsons.
And all the folks who dip their big toe,
clicking on blue chips or crypto,
may just need a reassessment,
as love’s by far the best investment.
The world could use a lot less qualms
about aiding those who ask for alms;
we fear our pennies will be thrown away,
yet we waste dollars by the day.
The world could use far less misfortune,
and yet we choose to bless abortion,
but all who claim they’re clumps of cells
have been born from the bump themselves.
Let’s live so that another loves us,
and aim for peace just like Augustus;
we should never have to lack black justice,
but live so that more people trust us.
The world could use less communism
and far fewer moms in prison,
fewer bombs and fewer schisms,
and more psalms that offer wisdom.
The world could use less triggered vets
who resort to cigarettes –
instead let’s give out big requests
to come and sit as dinner guests.
The world needs fewer posted signs
and more folks who are slow to wine,
plus crooked pols to toe the line,
clean up Congress, and resign.
The world could use less vassal states,
fewer battles with high stakes,
shackles on the human race,
and chapels filled with factious faith.
The world could use a lot more wisdom
from authorities who listen
instead of these two-party systems
where the voters are the victims.
The world needs fewer super PACs
that seduce our bureaucrats
to purchase ads that are attacks
while our country’s at collapse.
We need less pols in love with lobbyists
lobbing all their gaudy gifts
and offering them obelisks,
until they’re on the naughty list.
Congress needs less elephants and asses
in the one percent of taxes
representing corporate plazas
over all the lower classes.
We need fewer government shutdowns,
less aborting of the Downs,
and more support for Southern towns
ravaged by a storm’s touchdowns.
We need fewer senators who snooze
down in Cancun like Ted Cruz
while Texas temps in ones and twos
freeze reporters on the news.
We face ripe revolt conditions
when our career politicians
are less well-known for coalitions
and more-so for their sex positions!
The world has monks with months in jail
while dunces like the Trumps set sail
on yachts of such enormous scale
that they’d dwarf a humpback whale.
The world could use less private jets
celebrities with high-cost pets,
and fewer golden statuettes
for talkies that are mostly sex.
We should stop using the profane
just so we’ll be entertained;
it’s inhumane to give acclaim
to Liar, Hunger, and Squid Games.
We need less steamy Netflix streaming,
and less clickbait that’s misleading,
instead let’s get poetics dreaming
up new reads that are redeeming.
The world could use less ransom hackers,
instead give us handsome rappers
like Miranda and his actors –
Hamilton for standing clappers.
The world could do with fewer shoe bombs,
more people who read through the Psalms,
more songs from Franz Schubert and Brahms,
and more walking on in TOMS.
The world should let go of forced labor
and of course, support its neighbors,
drop its lances and its sabers,
just to make the planet safer.
We should take Shabbats from TV screens,
stop streaming shots of King of Queens
with lots of spots between each scene
hawking shops and slot machines.
The world could use more hours learning
and a lot less Howard Stern-ing,
like a froward shouter bursting
with his satellite-powered cursing.
We need more veggies telling tales,
less junk on tellies, in the mail,
disfunction till out families fail,
and drunken bellies filled with ale.
The world could use less naked pecs
pervading the cineplex
in pictures that are rated X,
so people have to pay for sex.
We need less cinemas with seven screens
showing Halloween and Scream,
and streamers sticking skin in scenes
to sate the hankerings of teens.
We need fewer men with fantasies
of other women’s mammaries,
ruling their homes like Rameses,
until they lose their families.
The world could use less tragic things
like catfishing and cohabiting,
or child pornographic rings,
as well as human trafficking.
We need fewer sticklike dollies,
cyber Photoshop Svengalis,
and superstars who sell pilates
making women hate their bodies.
We don’t need child predators
or piled debt from creditors,
but letters to our editors
to make the world much betterer.
The world could use more moon-shot bets
so people overseas connect
through Hyperloops and super jets,
to cure diseases we detect.
We need less billboards on our interstates
distracting drivers to mistakes
and defacing great landscapes
to advertise low interest rates.
We need less Sarco death machines
squeezing our souls like sardines,
transforming sorrow to sweet dreams
till tomorrow’s blown to smithereens.
The world could use more suffragettes
and suffer through less cigarettes,
fewer fights, more make-up sex,
and liquor drinkers on twelve steps.
The world needs more fat people kissing
and less ghosting and catfishing,
no more email password phishing,
clickbait posts, or traffic sniffing.
The world could use more Monty Python
and a lot less QAnon.
Who cares if kids are on the lawn
as long as they’re not snatched and gone?
The world could use more arts in schools,
a lot more smarts and fewer fools;
perhaps it’s time we part gene pools
to give head starts to propagules.
We need less helicopter parents
who doctor all their tots’ demerits,
until they grow up unembarrassed
to live off all that they inherit.
The world could use less reticence
to listen to its presidents
who, in their first address, attempt
to lessen voters’ hesitance.
Let’s view dilemmas through a prism –
choose wisdom and not cynicism –
so to reduce the skew of schisms
like rampant anti-semitism.
We’re on the brink of genocide
unless each stink is set aside;
we need less folks who drink and drive
and more who think so men survive.
We need less texters on the road
and wrecks with Teslas getting towed,
while rubberneckers check the show
so the rest go extra-slow.
We need fewer deaths and fewer diggers
due to cigarettes and liquors;
let’s lower debts and put down triggers
and bless the virtues of our vicars.
We need less telemarketing deals
ringing while we sit for meals,
and time lost sifting through emails
separating spam from sales.
The world needs fewer checks that bounce
as well as off-shore bank accounts
collecting funds in such amounts
that those adding up the francs lose count!
The world could use less slot machines,
where we sit like on latrines
and shit out our hard-fought greens
till we’ve got nothing left to clean.
The world needs more recycling centers
and less stifling of dissenters,
far less fighting, more surrenders,
no more eye-for-eye and dentures.
The world could use a lot less carbon
darkening its global garden,
as pallbearers beg our pardon,
for more error than their margin.
And our many congregations
could use better conversations
to set up more conservation
for our Father God’s creation.
The world could use less fear and haste
and keep the glaciers in their place;
we need a lot less nuclear waste
with half-lives longer than our race!
The world could use more Susan Rice
fighting for our human rights,
restitution from the whites,
and less pollution from our lights.
We need less greenhouse gas polluting
and to end each last mass shooting,
plus fewer Facebook users spewing
untrue things that fuel our feuding.
The world could use less Zuckerberg
sucking all our time from work
and more time with written words,
thanks to Mister Gutenberg.
The world could use more saved biomes
instead of building new iPhones
and stop throwing sticks and stones
from our one-click murder drones.
If only the world had more qualms
about adding atom bombs;
we could use fewer Vietnams,
and drop our arrows for more palms.
Disband the forces left performing
torture acts like waterboarding –
for torment’s never as rewarding
when it leads to broader warring.
Now the world should make its mission
to end children’s malnutrition,
boost morale and not munition,
and allow for free tuition.
We need less matches and debates,
more classes tackling William Yeats
and tassels swaying over capes
to help us get past our mistakes.
We need fewer 3D-printed guns
and fentanyl sold by the tons
to our daughters and our sons
while we o.d. on Os and 1s.
We need less cops on power trips
but let’s stop pops down on the strip
that plop our kids at such a clip
that we drop flowers on their crypts.
The world could use more folks who witness
about Christ, not Father Christmas,
and colleges that aren’t a business
so students don’t need loan forgiveness.
The world could use more presbyteries
packed with clerisy and queries
than folks believing TV series
of conspiracies and theories.
The world could use a lot more vicars
reading holy scriptures
instead of seeing horror pictures
and coyote strippers.
The world needs fewer payday lenders
who daily prey on bankrupt renters,
and far less flexible suspenders
on suspected sex offenders.
Use the fortunes of stock brokers
to support our organ donors,
and distribute bargain strollers
so abortions go far lower.
Let’s open arms for refugees
with peace and security
and bring an end to poverty
by sharing each commodity.
The world needs fewer lotto jackpots
giving false hope like the mascots
of the rigged Chicago Black Sox
for a dollar from some crackpots!
Let’s focus less on the metaverse
and more on vets who are immersed
in cigarette and sex adverts
on TV sets next to their berths.
The world could use less drunken dudes,
diet colas and junk foods,
fewer firewater feuds
and trash talkers on the news.
The world should think outside the box
and stop rivals from taking shots
during all the noon time slots
filled with biased news on Fox.
The world could use less talking heads
and fewer blogging slugabeds
squawking over every shred
of news of superstars in bed.
And whether British or Chinese,
let’s unite to stop disease,
for when we fight, our expertise
is divided piece by piece.
We need less churches built like theaters
with competing steeples,
artificial grins on preachers
greeting with their treacle,
fewer Pharisees, more Peters,
reaching out to people,
feeding sheep so each believer
keeps away from evil.
Let’s stop dotting homes with microphones
and cameras in our closets,
with geo-zones for homing drones
and trackers in our pockets
just to keep up with the Jones’,
who have the latest products,
while we take low-interest loans
with no one left to stop us!
The world could use less cancel culture
shaming every sinner,
handling scandal like a vulture
circling its dinner;
it hones in for its approach
and then casts the first stone,
yet it hides its own reproach,
while licking dry the bone!
Marriage might stay trouble-free
if husbands really fought for thee
and did not watch pornography,
or sneak off to a Double Tree
with rubbers that they got for free
to commit adultery.
The world should stop ignoble warring
and heed all the glowing warnings
that have grown while we’re ignoring
the advent of global warming –
coal’s depleted while we’re boring,
seas are overflowing moorings,
holes in ozone layers pouring
radiation that’s deforming –
all because we say it’s boring!
The world could use less hopeless cases,
moguls folding in Las Vegas,
and Chernobyls causing cases
of repulsive metastasis.
We need less rovers in space races,
soldiers patrolling remote bases,
moles decoding mobile traces,
negotiators with two faces;
instead our chiefs in oval bases
should place their palms on open pages
and promise all their oath in phrases
to show the voters social graces.
The world could use more conversations
to improve its conservation,
fewer masks, more vaccination,
an end to mass incarceration;
we need less skin discrimination,
an end to childhood starvation,
for when will men begin to hasten
condemning children’s exploitation?
The world could use less campaign speeches
and more folks who champion freedom;
not legislators seeking treats
from lobbyists per diem,
and if congresspeople refuse to reach
across the aisle, let’s unseat ’em –
we need living democracy
and not a mausoleum!
We need less thousand-dollar coffins
to keep our ashes neat;
stop overpaying for black boxes
that rot beneath our feet
and erecting monuments
made of stone and concrete
while people without documents
go begging on the street.
The world could use more arbitration
instead of arms accumulation,
for it’s a fact that civilization
is seconds from a mass cremation
and every nuclear escalation
ebbs us toward elimination,
until we reach our Revelation!
We need more random acts of kindness,
less Jack Daniels, more Aquinas,
folks who give out gold like Midas
and hold that love will still unite us.
The world needs a few more friendly faces
and far less pretenses,
the world was made for open spaces,
not for endless fences.
O, I know what this world could use –
a little less moonshine and booze,
more preserves and fewer zoos,
heck — less murders on the news,
and more time spent walking…
in each other’s shoes.