Scientists have been heard to say
machines will rule the world some day.
But do not fear those big computers,
we’re already the subjects of other neuters.
Our daily lives are largely guided
by what cabinets and bureaus have decided.
A ruling from the bench, it seems
can change our future, puncture dreams.
A motion to the chair from the floor
has been known to lead to civil war.
And many a strong heart turns to flannel
when confronted by an angry panel.
Who has such bold conceit
that he holds no awe for the County Seat
or does not bend his will in accord
with the edicts of his township board?
Electronics and plastics are all very good,
but our world is already ruled by wood.
And who are the controllers of wood, the takers?
Why the joiners of course and the platform makers.