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 doublespeak
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
a 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 Culleny
1/20/17

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