I’m Not Listening


—on a presidential innauguration 2017

I am not listening to a speech which will certainly smother much with nothing
I am not listening to proceedings oozing mendacity
I am not listening to expected, sure and certain doubletalk
I am not listening to the oral writhing of a chameleon
I am not listening to the patchwork assemblages of a chimera
I am not listening to the vague and vacant assurances of a narcissist
I am not watching suited actors shake hands as if the recent past had not been taped
I am not watching the installation of a wretch who’s rhetoric speaks wreck
I am not watching when that which should mean hope means nope
I am not watching the constitution crushed under the heel of user at the moment of “I will”
I am not watching as a flag of ignorance is run up a pole
I am not partaking in a ceremonial charade
I am not partaking of inaugural wine turned vinegar
I am not marching in that parade

Jim
1/20/17