Communism

It was an idea whose time had come

or so they thought.

First there was the original, the Marx

version.

It seemed to be a great idea, everybody equal

pulling their own weight in a

great society. You might say it was the French

philosophers who started the whole damn thing

when they sliced off the king’s head

in the Place de la Revolution, 1789

to, you know, get him and his royal legions

out of the way

so Liberte, Egalite, and Fraternite could

rule the day

instead of the  divine right of fuddy-duddy

kings

which was an old disproven

notion. It had fallen, like the guillotine upon the king,

by the wayside. Later,

When the Bolsheviks got a hold of it

it became something else, and so

there evolved the Russian

version

which morphed into the Lenin

version

and eventually degenerated into the bloody Stalin

purge version

Then of course there was the Chinese

version

which, when Mao got a hold of it became

some great bloody leap backward and

a cultural revolution the likes of which the world

had never seen

since Pharoah, or whoever the hell it was that collected

all those sweating men out in the desert to stack

stone upon Ozymandian stone

up to the sky

but who knows why.

But I digress. It was the Ho Chi Minh

version

that really tripped us Americans up because

that great idea whose time had come had

proven to be not such a great idea

or so we thought.

And the whole damned ideological notion of

Communism

had become a terrible bogey man, an ogre in

the furtive minds of Capitalist men that

eventually got mired in the bogs of

Vietnam

And what a helluva thing that was.

Oh, and while all that was going down

along came the Che

version

and then the Castro

version

but the jury’s still out on all that or

so it seems,

‘though things are never as they

seem.

Maybe it was all just a bad

dream.

Smoke

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