what’s in a name…

the brown bag prophet
leafing
through
a magazine
for
parents
said
minorities
are giving
their children
the first name
president
i was
somewhat
bemused
so
asked
why
he replied
that way
even if
they commit
serious crimes
they
won’t be punished
or
convicted

 

then freedom dies…

sitting
acquiescing
to
injustice
tacitly submitting
to
our own slavery
denying
that
there are
chains
binding us
to
survival fears
justifying
our lot
in
life
by
claiming
that
this life
is
better than
that life
and
this country
is
better
than
that country
so
words
are spoken
denying
the smell
of
a nation’s
rancid flesh
passively
saying
there’s
nothing
i
can do

 

a question of burial rites…

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pastors
of
god’s new light
support
mr
trump
and
his
disciple senators
his disciples
are
capturing people
taking
them
to the church
of
blind obedience
and
massacring them
during
animated religious rituals
in
the senate
their dismembered bodies
can be found
along
the border
on
battlefields
on
city streets
or
in
veterans’ hospitals
though
some
concerned citizens
have become
alarmed
the blood
still flows unabated
so far
the only shields offered
have been words
like these
that have yet
to
stop one child
from
dying
with no parent
to
ease their passing

 

crime scene photos…

several blurred photos
convicted and jailed the man
though they were useless
precedent was established
by the national archives

 

even with all the president’s men…

now
i’m more
than
certain
that
shivery slinkum
is
waiting outside
the president’s door
for
it’s my understanding
that
children
and
childish people
who misbehave
having
their sticky fingers
all over
the cookie jar
have something
to
fear from him
there are stories
of
slinkum
chopping children up
for
firewood
so
you can just imagine
what he’ll do
to
a childish adult
whose fingers
are
as sticky as hell
and
dirty
as well

 

senators…just in case you haven’t heard america…

an old fashioned
hardware store
the kind of place
where
you can find
just
about
anything
not like
the big box stores
that carry
only those things
with
a large profit margin
then
you have to go online
to find
replacement parts
since
there’s no profit
in
customer service
no
the general store
hardware place
is where
you can find stuff
you really need
to fix
that
old
whatchamacallit
and
even
people
who’ll answer
your questions
about
that
whatchamacallit
not
a place
typically known
as
liberal
or
subversive
so imagine
my surprise
when
an elderly clerk
repeatedly
tells her customers
he should be impeached
they won’t do it
but
he should be impeached
i pay
and
agree
i should’ve left
a tip