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 assurances of a narcissist
I am not watching 
suited actor’s forked tongues dance 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 raise hope says nope
I am not watching 
a constitution being crushed under the heel of user
I am not watching 
a blind flag being run up a pole
I am not participating 
in grotesque charades
I am not slurping
inaugural wine turned vinegar
I am not marching 
in that parade
.
Jim Culleny
1/20/17

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