portfolio management…

barnum and bailey wars

the brown bag prophet
said
i understand
the world’s oldest circus
is closing
i replied
yes
financial difficulties
i
believe
oh
the prophet
said
but
i have it
from
an
alternative
fact source
that
clairvoyant carnival clowns
advised
the owners
to close
since
they
would not
be able
to compete
with
the circus
in washington
as
the king
of
clowns
has
taken up
residence there

did you mean…

Women's March Oakland CA

Women’s March Oakland CA

standing along
the route
that protesters
were taking
to
washington
i saw
the brown bag prophet
who said
i see
tump’s
the new president
i said
i don’t believe
that’s
the correct
pronunciation
of
his name
the prophet
said
do you
know
the definition
of
tump
that
small mound
or
hum
mock
or
if you prefer
the urban
definition
of
a tipped container
spilling
its
contents
cuz
if you did
you’d know
i said
the name
correctly

ordination from a large number…

ordination from a large number

having found insanity
as the only option
the trappings
of middle class america
were place on auction
those items not sold
were stuffed
into trash bins
along with
a number
of neglected dreams
the sale proceeds
the cold cash
were hidden
in a new lula lu petite bra
purchased
as part
of his new identity
wearing a sleeveless silk blouse
embroidered with the words
westboro baptist church is where god puts his enema
in scripture-like letters
the same color
as his nail polish
hot heavenly pink
and although
he didn’t drink
he carried a brown paper bag
twisted tight to hide
the gatorade inside
he didn’t want to lose
social rejection
by not complying
with previously defined
standards of behavior
as he boarded the charted jet
he wondered
how he’d be received
at his class reunion
always hard to tell about
those small town farm folks
he guessed
it depended on
whether or not
they had their
evening toke or not
regardless he felt compelled
to venture home
one more time
before
his immersion into
the full political life
of washington

shall not bear false witness…

do not bear false witness

the brown bag prophet
was heading off
to the soup kitchen
when he stopped
and asked me
if i could think
of an example
of someone
bearing false witness
i presumed
that was going
to be the topic
of discussion
at the church
tonight
and i said
that nothing came
to mind
he laughed
and said
i take it
you haven’t been
following
the goings-on
in washington

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apparently
aunt bea
was upset
because
as I walked
up to her door
i heard her say
now ain’t that a bitch
you must understand
aunt bea
never
ever
loses
her cool
so this must
have been
something
big
so i asked her
after entering
if everything
was okay
she asked
why i would
think otherwise
and since
i was not permitted
to use the b-word
i simply said
oh i was
just wondering
she said
everything was
just fine
but she had been
just reading
a request
from her senator
for a donation
to support
his
work
in
washington