Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Robert Ronnow

Organization man



Organization man. In the best sense

creating the environment in which experiments

can be savored and remembered.


Then there is the world of interlocked

organizations. A world of missions and contracts

finely tuned and binding.


Is the formation of associations

as instinctual as nesting and gestation?

A leader may be one who asks a question.


Or may be one imposing order.

Imposed through consensus and broad shoulders.

Waits, watches, acts his part.


I was impressed by the list of distinguished senators

from Vermont. He placed himself among men,

orators, imperfect, in history.


We march forward, imperfect in our justice

and compassion. Overriding logic with conscience

sometimes, not often, when it counts.


And mercy. A seemingly irrational, total

abnegation of the markets, rules of war, law.

Good to be so flawed.

Robert Ronnow's most recent poetry collections are New & Selected Poems: 1975-2005 (Barnwood Press, 2007) and Communicating the Bird (Broken Publications, 2012). Visit his web site at

Born 9/6/51 Hoboken, NJ, USA