Ode to Trump’s Vanity et al

banyoles-sunset

Spring anticipation in the air
Orange reddened sun
Gets ready to hide its rays
Behind the lowest of all mountains
Mirroring itself on the lake.
Vanity at its highest level.
Yet the picture turns out different
In a mixture of yellow and blue
Of greed and sadness a faithful clue.

“You’re so vain,
You probably think
This march is about
You…”
Reads the banner
At the Women’s March
January 21, 2017.

Millions came together
Across the globe
To raise their voices
Against your choices
Mr. Trump.
Your misogyny,
Racism,
Xenophobia,
Your greed and your lies
Are most unwelcome
Because it is your vanity
That makes you lie.

Where’s the first media-built man
That promised jobs for the working-class
To make America First and great again
When all you bring is constant pain
Erasing truths and liberties from earth.

The second man’s now on the surface,
Two sides of the same coin,
And the reddened sun sets down
While Vanity School runs high
For Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders,
Frauke Petry, Beppe Grillo…
And the like.

Even Spain’s Rajoy’s a little Trump,
Profound ignorant and clown,
Who drains the fund backing pensions
With an air smell of corruption.

Won’t you grant us, Catalans,
Once for all that referendum
Any democratic state would offer
To a stateless people to decide:
The right to self-determination.

No, instead, you’re blurring powers
Just exactly as Donald Trump
Judicializing politics and sending
The very democrats to court
For organizing a participatory process
In Catalonia, November 9, 2014.

Vanity School expands its limits
And buys a handful Orwell’s 1984
While the sea has just began to weep:

Mare Nostrum, Mare Mortum,
In 2016 almost 5.000 people
Drowned and died
From 2000 till now 30.000 dead!

With Barcelona’s pro-refugee rally,
The largest in Europe and perhaps
In the entire world till now,
We will surely not have enough
To eradicate our human misery.

The red sun has just hidden
Behind the lowest mountain
And as darkness unfolds
The picture changes colors:
Grayish blues carrying their shadows
On a rippled lake obscured
Where birds and ducks move
Swiftly countercurrent.

 

© September 2018 Marta Pombo Sallés

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24 thoughts on “Ode to Trump’s Vanity et al

  1. I think I would have understood the gravity of the poem better if I had a better idea about what’s going on in Spain but I hope that the Catalans get their freedom if that’s what the majority desires.
    This might sound very silly but I actually want to visit Barcelona sometime in my life when I have enough money. I love FCB football club a lot.

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    1. Yes, you should definitely come to Barcelona. Sadly enough, the city is being affected by gentrification, increasing social inequality, evictions and homelessness like all the touristic world cities. However it is a place full of art and culture really worth visiting. I am not into football but FCB are very good.

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    2. Lavanya, if you want to know more about the Catalan non-violent fight for independence this video summarises it quite well, although it was filmed before the October 1 referendum of 2017:

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/sep/27/catalan-independence-explained-video?CMP=twt_guThis

      And there is a BBC video about the brutal violence we got during the October 1 referendum even though all voters were peaceful and non-violent. After the referedum independence was declared but immediately suspended because even non-violent people could have been injured again and perhaps even killed. There was a terrible threat of violence coming from Spain’s central government. In the next months repression began and the members of our democratically elected Catalan government were imprisoned or decided to exile themselves, artists prosecuted, etc. This is the video about the brutal police violence on October 1(some of us still need psychological help):

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  2. After this are you sure you will be able to visit USA again🙂
    Ideally we all can live in a borderless world.but that’s just a pipe dream. I am not a political person per se and always struggle about minority / majority inequality and imbalance. Time and time again, in human history, we have seen the cry and suffering in the battle for freedom of nationalities and sub nationalities and solutions eluded us. Will it ever be resolved to the satisfaction of all or will the fear pf the majority being turned into a minority will unleash more violence. Hard to tell. In all these, peace is always the victim.
    I am not even sure if my babble makes any sense or not. It’s the cry of a disturbed mind.

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    1. Thank you for your great comment, Pranab. It is deep and reflective, and it makes perfect sense. I understand the cry of a disturbed mind, so relatable. Where do you live in the USA?

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      1. Oh, so you are not that far from the San Francisco Bay Area! Perhaps I could meet with you when I am back on vacation. The only thing, as strange as it may seem, is that I can’t drive. I wonder if there is any public transit connecting the two places.

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  3. Very well written and with emotion poem. I love the reference to Orwell. Yes, this problem is not just for Spain. But, the wounded iron walls rise higher and higher. And will the Mediterranean Sea be Mare Nostrum or just a quenching final of humanism?

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