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Beggars Night

Beggars Night It must be Halloween.There are little boys marchingthrough my neighborhood,fondling their guns,wearing grown men costumes—Junior dressed as a Brownshirt,little Eric as a Proud Boy. They want us to be as frightenedas they are. I give them candybut can’t … Continue reading

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Tricks and Treats

Tricks and Treats Don’t be frightened by the monstersin television ads promising prosperityand predicting pandemonium. Don’t be frightened by the beggarsin your email, requesting treatsto prevent someone else’s tricks. Don’t be frightened by politics,be angry that money decides electionsinstead of … Continue reading

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Men Like Me

Men Like Me I fear for my friendsthe ones who are huntedby men like me— paleprivileged and in power I fear for my friendsbecause the wheels of justiceare rusted— corruptedby men like me We suffer no consequenceswe wink at honest … Continue reading

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Farewell Justice

Farewell Justice You fought with words and logic—powerful weapons for justicein reasonable timesbut it’s easier to manipulatesome folks by advertising fear. You struggled for so longand now to honor your memory,we must continue the battle,to march in the streets,to cast … Continue reading

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Government of Idioms

Government of Idioms We elected a flabby foxto guard the hen house. That’s like putting a coallobbyist in charge of the EPA. oops. He did that. That’s like naming an anti-union lawyeryour Secretary of Labor. Ibid. That’s like nominatingAl Capone … Continue reading

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Upon Re-election

Upon Re-election The Emperor strode on stage,“I declare this is the classiest suitI’ve ever worn. More comfortableand tremendous and I made it myself!” Grateful reporters salutedand his devotees cheered.Serious pundits on television debatedboth sides of his magnificence. Hospitals filled with … Continue reading

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On The Spectrum

On The Spectrum The world is not black and white nor is it shades of grey we live in infinite color more than our eyes can see purple is both red and blue and neither people can be wrong without … Continue reading

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Unacceptable

Unacceptable The arc of history may be long, too long for my taste, and I’ll grant it bends to justice, when observed over centuries but what good are years to those whose time has been stolen? George Floyd Breonna Taylor … Continue reading

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The Last Survivor

The Last Survivor I met a survivor of the atomic bomb at a student peace conference back when Ronnie Raygun joked about bombing Soviets She was delicate demure a beautiful stereotype except for burn scars on the left side of … Continue reading

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An Exceptionally American Virus

(I’ll be posting this poem in a more social media friendly format to the big three: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If you approve, please like and share. Here’s the raw text of the poem for the search engines.) An Exceptionally American … Continue reading

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