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Friday, July 04, 2014

10th Annual Independence Day Poem

               Screed

keep your self-deprecating angst
your exhibitionistic schtick
your easy anger, your sleazy pandering

America has always been about seeing
how far one can go with a desire
(usually called “dream”) and a gun

we feel without training
it is better to be a terror
than a nuisance

hobidy-boobies
trying to scare one another
and scaring themselves

and now for our next entertainment
a long-popular farce recently out of fashion—
CIVIL WAR!

the Party of God vs the Party of Man
vs the Party of Wealth vs the Party of Hope
vs the Party of Science vs the Party of Sense

how foolish, the one who consents
to engage with a foolish society
on its own terms!

every day I celebrate the liberty
to decline
by doing so

we are untruly represented
in government and in religion
and in the opinion of those who know us

democracy makes
a better seedbed
than guardian


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