Shangri-La—untaxed, socially-distanced champagne-
caviar, Cayman Island, yacht crowds who
Pay nothing for water washing their waste to sewage
treatment plants; Roads delivering their indulgences
to gated palaces; Schools researching their earthly
strategies for class war—and cunning space escapes!
Nirvana where voting’s a work day—special Olympics—
dehydrating decathlon jumping through Jim Crow hoops;
climbing confederate concertina wired walls; hurdling
Apartheid pass laws; scaling polling place pitchforks;
And vaulting oiled obstacles to $elect slippery senators,
compromised congressmen deep in corporate pockets
Oz of lynch mob mad white men—lawless law enforcers—
Drunken devil assassins storming Capitalist Hill with to-
die lists half-mile long; Armed actors acting out Birth of
A Nation fantasies with impunity. Yes, “Our democracy:”
greasy-thumb superheroes, bareback, backwards on dis-
abled donkeys braying platitudes every two-four years.
Charlatans causing us to shudder and doubt ourselves…
By the power of Poetic License granted me to practice
Poetry in Empire and Golden States
hereby grant you permission to call “Our democracy” a
Corporatocracy, autocracy, kleptocracy, plutocracy—even
White minority warfare state. By the power of Poetic License
granted me to practice poetry in Empire and Golden States I
hereby grant you permission
To pimp slap and kick to the curb anyone as old as I am caught
babbling ‘bout “Our democracy…” Effective until we are freed to
Vote directly for the generals: General Atomics, General Dynamics,
General Electric, General Motors, General Mills…© 2021.
Raymond Nat Turner, The Town Crier. All Rights Reserved.
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