The Masters Smile

Crude and disrespectful.
We follow the lead.
No honor to those
who have given a lifetime of service.
Pouring the heart of America
into the gutter of broken dreams.
And We the People, are no more–
only street wars, no rules, no terms, no mercy.
Can we wake from this nightmare?
No one person made it happen.
No one person can save us.
Still, we have so little left,
but the feud.
The masters smile.

Gary Wenkle Smith is a trial lawyer, practicing law in Southern California for the past 40-years. He has tried over 200 jury trials, including over 100 murder trials and other serious felonies. Mr. Smith has two published novels, The Last Midnight, and Inside the Lie, as well as Long Night of the Soul, a book of poetry, verse and other writings. He has also published This Side of Too Late, which is a compilation of articles and poems on the state of America since September 11, 2001. His latest publication is Deadly Night Shadows, a true story. He is also a painter. He is an active member of the 12-Step community. He has trained for the past twenty years at the Trial Lawyer’s College with the world-famous trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, and dozens of the best trial lawyers in America. Read other articles by Gary.