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November 17, 2004

Safer

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Ask me if I feel safer
with Goss
at the helm
of the CIA
and everyone
who knows
anything
quitting
en masse
enraged

Ask me if I feel safer
now that there are
no more
insurgents
in Fallujah
or roads
or hospitals
or people

Ask me if I feel safer
with Bush kissing Condi
on the front page
and Colin
disappeared
into oblivion
forever
they hope

Ask me if I feel safer
with yuppies investing
Social Security
in hot stocks
while the big fund
dries up
right out
from under
all those
boomers


Ask me if I feel safer
sipping arsenic
and mercury
with tartar
sauce
sitting under
holes
in the ozone layer
expecting
holes
in my skin

Ask me if I feel safer
as my health insurance
tripled
and my drug cost
tripled
and pharmaceutical profits
tripled
and insurance profits
tripled
and
my blood pressure
tripled
too


Ask me if I feel safer
when
half the world
despises
our
raw aggression
our policies
our arrogance-
especially
Muslims
and me


Ask me if I feel safer
with an indicted felon
as Speaker of
the House
waiting for
a guilty verdict
to send him
to a
privitized
Texas
jailhouse


Ask me if I feel safer
because prayers
will soon be
everywhere
where they
don't belong
and the Constitution
will be
irrelevant
except for
the right to bear arms
which we're
gonna need
I guess

Ask me if I feel safer
now that Rowe v Wade
is up for grabs
and poor women
will birth
unwanted children
with attachment disorders
supplying soldiers
to fight the
endless war
on terror
or
at home
on the streets
with each other

The answer
is no

but
then again
I never
felt
that safe.
under a Bush

Some must

Photo note: These are trolley tracks outlined in yellow autumn leaves behind a fence. Fence. Safer. Loose association

Posted by Dakota at November 17, 2004 04:35 PM