Tag: Satire

Poem #140

Shopworn Rejection Slips

Dear cubic zirconium crystal from Home Shopping Network,

I am writing to inform you, if at first you don’t receive a rejection letter,
submit your poem, again. An accepted poem is one that didn’t receive a rejection letter. Not to call the color of our rejection letters coal,
but published poems do not make any lemonade to drink.
Only years slowly mash their gums about how old my printing press is.
Did you try WordPress? I might as well be worn as the Appalachians
before I read your poem, if it is sent USPS, and please buy the envelopes
and return postage yourself. We write many rejection letters each day.
Still, be as brave as a mouse at the feet of a Transvaal lion.
Be as glib as you are with friends and enemies, no matter how
much heart you devour, nor how many assault rifles you shoot,
I see you were raised behind a writer’s desk.
Were you really raised behind a writer’s desk?
Very well, then, you were raised behind a writer’s desk.
You are immense like your notebook, you contain pages.
I yawp over your pen, over the raisin stained wood to myself.
We are not belligerent at you, we are belligerent with you.

Graffiti to appear on Trump’s Wall.


Poem #126

In Triumph we trust

I. Community calendar: Bandwagon ride you should join…

And yet, we have a band that plays,
and yet, we have not heard the band,
and yet, we do not know the band mates by their names,
and yet, we know, neither, which instruments each plays
and yet, we have a band that plays.

II. Premonition in a drought…

Although, I told you, “I can make it rain,”
and, without having made the clouds / made the clouds,
and from which magical droplets fell,
and they fall as an algebraic proof,
and yet, they fall by coincidence in a proof,
and collecting or resting is the proof
in puddles on the ground, and you take me at my word,

and yet, my word is a lie,
and like margarine, it is synonymous for butter spread,
and yet, you say to the community wide, “How great for harvests,”
and yet, people elect me as president,
and yet, how great would it be, then,
when months for fields went rainless,
and cracked and dried, they would, finally, see?

III. Modus operandi from a podium: in praise and promise of stock market growth (for big business)…

When are projections good for business?
When are projections good for bringing business?
When are projections good for our mission statements, for business,
and business tells a commonwealth of people a story: a campaign for business,

“And we are about business,
“and our business is about your business, they are about bringing business,
“and they are bringing business to your small towns, losing business,
“and buying their business, and yet, the small town has been long without, waiting,
“and losing business, and yet, our big business buys from the small town business,
“and not for their business,
“and the little burg business packs up its little business suit, for big business,
“and little burg business relocates its business,
“and little burg business grabs a train, and goes to a big city, for business,
“and little burg business is overwhelmed by all the bustle of business,
“and little burg business sees big business, and must make an investment,
“and little burg business is so hungry for development, hungry for business,
“and when that investment comes to our big city,
“and that is how we plan to make the Antipodes business great, again,
“and for big business, and all are busy with big business on a business street,
“and buying and selling business, business, business, business!”

And yet, that celebratory investment is in a bankrupt country,
and bankrupt with business, and that joyfully greedy land is praising business,
and a business, in which, big business still owes money, for business,
and ready for business, business is ready for business,
and big business buys first class airplane tickets, to another busy place
and big business buys cruise liner, big boat tickets, to another busy place
when spending money, in debt, does not save one penny,
and, if it is not for business, then, it’s not likely we’re in money business,
when the Justice department closes the business, for business sake,
when one business makes a business off a collateral of debt–
and the only business making any business is the bank.