The Enemy

M. Fennell

9/17/94

 

I have met the enemy
He is infinitely larger than you or me
I speak not of Germans or Japanese
But of 20th Century bureaucracies

Sure, Orwell knew of this long before
Yet I believed I saw a door
For if the people could topple the Communist store
Then the people could conquer 1984

Following footsteps of Jefferson and Thoreau
Whenever I could, I would strike a great blow
But if the enemy was hurt, you’d never know
Meanwhile this monster continued to grow

But to gradually give in and quietly comply
To acquiesce and close our eyes
To say that the layman shouldn’t try
That’s when freedom truly dies

Comply we will - temporarily
We’ll rise to our site of authority
“Et tu Brute” the enemy’s cry will be
When we finally do conquer bureaucracy