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Freedom on the Halfshell
A Collection of Poems on Freedom
Copyright 2002 by Bobby Matherne
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A Telling Metaphor
They told Isaac Newton
an apple would fall on his head.
They told Ben Franklin to go fly a kite.
They told J. D. Rockefeller
to go mind his own business.
They told Paul Revere the British were coming.
They told Napoleon he'd meet his Waterloo.
They told Jesus the Sanhedrin would cross him.
They told Archimedes that gold wouldn't float.
They told Euclid his geometry was plain.
They told Patrick Henry to keep his mouth shut.
They told Orville and Wilbur man couldn't fly.
They told Nikola Tesla that
Direct Current was the wave of the future.
They told Eiffel
he always had his head in the clouds.
They told Americans
the income tax rate would never exceed 3%.
They told Gertrude Stein a rose is a thorny bush.
They told Einstein to think about his relatives.
They told Freud he had an Oedipus Complex.
They told Jung he had deep psychological problems.
They told Russians the czars were revolting.
They told Americans
that pyramid schemes were illegal, then
They designed Social Security as one.
They tell us to go vote
and they'll solve all our problems.
What should we tell them to do?
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