Friday, August 18, 2017

there is no president

evening
august 16, 2017
and beyond
somewhere in america


i feel there is no government
                        no president

protecting
  - preserving -
     standing up for
         all that is precious
             - my country -

FREEDOM
to inhabit our cities our towns our homes our markets our fields
pursuing sustenance
happiness
without threat      (visible, hooded, cloaked)
EQUALITY
that all are created equal
no matter the circumstances wide, varied
no matter the gross frequency of failing to live out
this ideal
still we honor the ideal
we protect the ideal
we defend the ideal
liberty

and now     we see
no president to care about this
                  no president respecting, even
land
water
deserts
fields
woods
trees
mountains
rivers
lakes
birds
streams
oceans
men
women
animals
fish
children
streets
lives
air
people
liberty
laughter
freedom
masses (huddled)
diversity
education
history
compassion
– our selves –
– our children –
– our dignity –
the list
the list
the list
is endless
the depth of feeling
                      endless

and so this is the way
i understand now
so many americans have always felt
– been made to feel –
hey ! no one gives a damn,
no one gave a damn,
about their lives, about your lives, about our lives –
so i
          now, in a very small way
know the same

there is no president

there is, though, us
– we the people –
to defend, protect
the truth self-evident
created equal
you and i
me and you
my god
nazis march up and down streets
carrying guns
assault rifles
calling out
these streets our streets
How ridiculous.
They look so ridiculous
their panties must be in such a twist,
pulled so tight,
hasn’t anyone ever told them:
wear boxers
don’t they know - ?
they could walk these streets
these very same streets
these american streets
without their guns
without their chants
without their slogans
and emblems and flags
without hate
and for instance, buy an ice cream,
have a seat,
wherever you like,
chill out,
talk with stranger or friend
or just take in the sights
No!
Me guns I must carry!
My right! My right!
Look at me! Look at me!
I am Su-per-i-or-i-tee!
I shoot! I shoot!
I am a big stupid galoot!
… with tiki torch

Maybe … should there have been an offering?
garlands of flowers,
tropical drinks in coconut shells,
poi,
a ukulele band,
Hawaiian shirts,
          hey ! welcome to america, guys!
hula dancers
Would hula dancers have done the trick?
Made them look sideways,
trip,
fall.
So, correct me if I’m wrong:
Nazis walk through America
with assault rifles to rile people up
and they have permission,
they are allowed, and
they are openly, repeatedly,
protected and defended
- complimented? -
by a president
who is there          – for some –
abandoning all others,
the dead, the living,
abandoning this country

amen