The Year 2017 in Review 

 

The Year 2017 in Review 

I. The Countdown

unlike any terminally ill patient struggling in pain on a Hospice’s bed,
only two days left, before the funeral
to have it officially buried
into
deep soil
of the forgotten past.
yet, the ailing year still has a lot of energy
to continue running
much
faster than
a galloping horse
it has left a long trail
of a black shadow behind its back.

for better or worse,
before, we crack open a bottle of Champaign to cheer the new year,
let’s look back to major events
in two thousand seventeen.
to see
how
and what
it has impacted
on mankind and on the mother earth so far.

II- the Year of the New Emperor

the most powerful empire on earth has crowned its new absolute ruler
who believes he is sent by god
to save
his kingdom
which has been going down
into a toilet bowl and about to be flushed.

in his quest to make his monarchy great again
he has messed things around
and put the world orders
upside
down.

he has gone so aggressively wild ,
whenever someone dares challenge
his absolute
power.
he always tweets like an insane bird;
he fires at those people in his blazing rage
with a full force
whether
they’re his friends or his foes.
it is probably the most interesting event of the year.

III The Year of Nuclear

the year was stained by endless nuclear threats
from
the heated showdown
between two nu clear madman
who called each other
by
the degraded epithets:
“Little Rocket Man” and “Dotard”.

even though, the two came from opposite cultural backgrounds
not much difference
between these tyrants
they have acted exactly same
as if they were twin coming out of the same womb.
the two
have
funky hairdos,
very childish manners in dealing with conflicts
and same bullying nature with shitty statesmanship.
they equally obsess with power and love big show-offs.

both have paid
no
respect for
diplomacy in politics

people were extremely nervous
about the unstable mental state
of
the fat butcher’s in the East
and that of the retard provoker’s in the West;
at
any lost moment
in their uncontrolled anger
either of them could insanely activate the access code
to launch nuclear weapons.
and boom…
the world would come to its end without question.

the nuclear showdown has reminded us
of the American-made horribly burning hell
in Hiroshima
August 6, 1945
66,000 men, women, and children instantly died
69,000 innocent civilians injured
67% of the city was destroyed
in Nagasaki
August 9, 1945
39,000 innocent people killed
25,000 injured
nearly half of this city was collapsed into ash or ruble.

this horrible war crime against Japanese civilians has never been brought to justice
so, the “Little Rocket Man” and “Dotard” don’t care what would happen the rest of the world
as they must know very well about the game of war
the winner can take all including justice into his side.

how lucky mankind has been so far
as it didn’t happen in this year
hopefully, our fear of a nuclear war would ever be materialized
at any time
in the future.

IV The Year of Natural Disasters.

Paris Climate Accord was the best news
of
the year,
when the going-on-war-ravaged Syria committed
to join one hundred fifty-five other countries
which have already signed on the agreement.
it left the United States of America
alone
outside in the chilly cold
as she prefers to keep her head buried
under deep tar of hot sand
of her own desert

“enough is enough”
being badly abused
for
so long ,
our mother nature could no longer take it.
in her most desperate efforts,
he hit back as hard as she could
to wreak
havoc to mankind.

she has rained her last warnings
with
cyclones in Australia,
landslides and drought in Africa,
flooding and monsoons in South Asia,
earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires in North America.

alas,
she killed thousands of people.
she also jeopardized the livelihood
of hundred thousands of families’ on different continents

in particular,
she penalized the United States without mercy
with
hurricanes
Harvey, Irma, Maria
which
arrived in a row
one after another
and then came the worst wildfire in the California’s history.

hopefully, mother nature’s strong messages
about pollution
would
be taken more seriously
by those climate-change deniers.

V. The year of Political and Social Uncertainty

the middle and lower classes in the West
have bitterly felt
of
being
left behind.

they have been increasingly fed up with the status quo
since, they could no longer
keep up pace
with
swift change in technology,
also they could no longer tolerate growing gap of inequality.
moreover, they often felt unease
by
the permanent fear,
the everlasting apprehension,
of an increasingly insecure society
from some horrific acts of terrorism.

mass influx of refugees from war-torn Middle East
was purposely
used
as a scapegoat
for political and social unrest
high unemployment that created hardship
and decreased the living quality .

they felt they were pushed against the wall;
they has no choice but to act in revolt
against
the well-established system
which they believed the long-term loyal slave
that has served the rich and the elites.

they lost trust in professional politicians
so they have looked for a substitute.
populists have manipulated very well the political and social downturn
by
luring promises
of bringing down the system;

they’ve claimed to talk for “the people”,
to work for best interest of the majority
to fight against threats to security by foreign evils
in order to make their country great again.

as a result, populism has been surged as a tsunami
that swept over and changed the political landscape.
especially in the United States of America
the belly button
o’
capitalism
and the champion of freedom and democracy.

VI. Personal Sundry Notes:

I feel so lucky to be buried in snow and to live in igloos
on the peaceful land
of
ethnical, racial, cultural, religious and political diversity
up
North.

I am always amazed at the way
of how my southern neighbors do business
unlike, our American brothers who love shooting with guns
we Canadian prefer showing our middle fingers
shouting to fuck
off
in a road rage

what I have enjoyed the most during this troublesome year
was the confused drama
of
faked news
and especially Twitter rampages
from the war of words against mainstream media.

the end of the year two thousand seventeen.
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage.ca

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