danish folktale in america…

Danish Folktale in America

the brown bag prophet
sat comfortably
underneath
an autumn colored
maple tree
reading
a summary
about
the attempted
january insurrection
when he giggled
i asked
what’s so funny
about
such criminal behavior
smiling
and
shrugging his shoulders
he said
who would have
ever
thought
that the story
of
the emperor’s new clothes
would become
an allegory
for a nation’s
political history

covid-19 press conference…

while the emperor
describes his new clothes to us
ego spun details
off camera bodies pile up
and a child asks why he’s nude