Not Listening


—on a presidential innauguration 2017

I am not buying
a speech sure to smother much with nothing
I am not buying
proceedings that ooze mendacity
I am not buying
sure and certain doublespeak
I am not buying 
the oral gymnastics of a chameleon
I am not buying
the patchwork concoction of a chimera
I am not buying
the vacant promise of a narcissist
I am not watching 
an actor’s forked tongue dance as if his past had not been taped
I am not watching 
the installation of a wretch who’s speech reeks “fake
I am not watching 
when what should raise hope says. nope
I am not watching 
Law being choked in the deals of a user
I am not watching 
a flag being placed in the mitts of an abuser
I am not swallowing
the pitch of this prince of shades
I am not slurping
inaugural brews of a deadhearted renegade
I am not marching 
in that parade
.
Jim Culleny
1/20/17