Enough Soup

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Enough Soup

I could have written about
anything but this
ongoing vagary
that hogs my head space
just long enough for me
to take my pen to history
and forget what I was going to say
about oligarchy
and the fact that
money always wins
when our reticence
solicits commerce
and drooling parliaments
dictate by the dollar.

I could have written
about anything
but I too got distracted
by the charlatan’s ruse,
and the joke of saluting a flag.

The lies of America
benefit few more than most
but so what? We all seem comfortable
knowing we all don’t want to be
the first one out the door yelling
“Fire! The country’s on fire!”
and have the cops show up
to take our drugs.

No. No. We’re all too aloof.
Cocksure we’ve got enough soup
to outlast the siege.
Enough bread to promote loyalty
when the meat truck comes to town.

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