Thursday, June 30, 2011

 

Reinstate Draft

to shorten wars
say CSPAN callers.

So why do I suppose
Republicans’d head
deferment line? (Again?)

In proportion to twirl-
ing "Patriotism" or mere-

ly sustaining designs too
Olympian for churls?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

 

What the Towel Boy Heard


-Got Supreme Court in my pocket.

-Oh come on,______! You have influence, as I do. But we’re talking about a sophisticated mix of lobbyists, politicians, movers and shakers, Party bosses, Money, newspapers, TV, opinion leaders, Law, internet, the Constitution, historical ideas–-why even puny old John Q! All that’s in the air!
Court tries to steer clear of much of it but...

-Yeah, sophisticated.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

 
Right Education Philosophy


-We want to destroy public
education because it's a failure!

-Stick with that! But it's a mixed bag. Handsome success
in communities with some money.

-But the others?

-Producing sordid little units. That's where we take over.
Because that’s where the humongous profits are!

-From poor districts?

-Mais oui! Hire idealistic kids from college, pay peanuts,
give them a bushwah lesson structure purporting to spit forth
sharp little citizens...

-But really manufacturing the same sordid little units.

-You can't shine shit.

-Then why bother?

-Because
privatization is the golden goose everywhere.
Education is by light years the very plumpest one!
My mouth waters!

-I...still worry about the future.

-Nonsense! You make money you buy the future!
What could be simpler?

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Monday, June 27, 2011

 
"Under God"

The pledge parenthesizes this
before a judge issues a Constitution-

al no. Pissed senators bleat
as religion hyphenates
with patriotism.

The most fervent patriots turned
out to be sluts in Hemingway’s "In
Another Country." (Within

this title, fornication commits
elsewhere and in a lit-

erary way, thus
it’s perfect-
ly all right.)

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

 

Night of the Long Nails

Though the lovemaking was awful,
what with all the beauty cautions,

her swell gave her a touchscreen
tablet, but she couldn’t risk her nails.
Hedged round by such additions, it

became murder to breathe.
The mirror, only, gave relief.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

 

Nobel For Graham Greene, Not

Never! spat one panelist
who lived and lived. And
Greene died. Literary dust-

up? Well, GG noted Little
Black Book addict, art
aside. Who cares?

Puritans despise shadow-
ing fantasy or lust.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

 

Symbols

Senator So & So plus
Representative Whats-
hisface have walked

away! Will negotiations
sludge on? A little

like young couples
with their crushing

hurts, but they
have the cure

of makeup sex, where-
as nothing can relieve

politics save more
agony exposed
to the Nation

of Contributors.
Farce means stuffed.
Guess with what.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

 
The Big Investor


-How about a small medical bldg in a postcard American town?
Doctors, dentists, maybe a daycare on the first floor.
You can listen to the tykes while getting your teeth cleaned.
Delightful!

-I want you to buy two elections.

-So, filth as opposed to the laughter of children?

-The winners won't be ungrateful. Besides we
have to hedge against legislation regulating
your less Norman Rockwellian enterprises.

-Life proves complicated.

-You stack the deck before they stack it against you.

-Darwin.

-Let's not ever forget it!




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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

 
Discussion Political and Theological

-They live under that bridge because that's exactly
where they wanna be!

-You mean they’re happy?

-Who the fuck is? Marshmallows and moonbeams.
Let's get on with the work of the world!

-Shame, though. Isn't there anything we can...?

-God will provide.

-And his mercies cost nothing.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

 

5-4 Encore

The Enchiladas savor
another day, evidently

the Law's, and God's, intent,
as the workers grind to

their truer place, slip-
ping again in the process.

Ah what Majesty vile
screwing assumes!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

 
Party of Rich Condescends to Debate


JOHN Q SUCKER
Your clients hammered me!

GOP
Fighting the last war! You lost, so get over it!
Morning in America, Asshole!

JOHN Q SUCKER
Just hafta make it through the night.

GOP
And you will! Slowly. Trickle-Down, Numbnuts!

JOHN Q SUCKER
Planning any Nuremberg rallies?

GOP
Bankrupt Lefty Line. We're not Hitler.
He was stupid, Birdbrain!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

 

The Affair Commences

Each contriving the ultimate
image, and fashion-
ing one of the beloved.

Such Kabuki frays in time,
though some persist: a walk-
through without mind. Others

break up, their acid recall
the fault of the former,
the universe, or another
boring set of abstractions.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

 

Bottom Lines


"I've gone through all the junk fees and, surprisingly,
many are legitimate.

Some, mysterious! Resubmittance Regulatory Charge
Per Legislative Act as an example. But for 348.27, well,
you can't fuss over peanuts on a 500,000 mortgage--
Worldly Accountant’s Rule.

As to your overall suspicion that the re-financing was really
a screwing? No more than ordinary.

Over the term of fifteen years, you end up saving a little more
than a thousand.

You're gonna give me a thousand, so you end up pennies ahead.

Consumer of the Month!"

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Friday, June 17, 2011

 

New Mideast Rule

-This new government--revolutionary they claim, though many
of the same toe-cheese eaters seem to be in power--threatens
us directly! No more bribes! Giving or taking.

-We’ve balanced the two. An aesthetic to delight in!

-But execution is now promised! This is no longer play!

-Already bought us out of that possibility. Indeed, any enforcement at all. It proved quite inexpensive.

-But unfortunately not so for God’s poor,
who will be indicted post haste.

-The more things change...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

 

New Foreign Leader Sits with One of Ours

-Lots of talk about “Democracy,” Excellency.
Somewhat welcome, but not our version exactly.

-No, that's too corrupt.

-We're speaking theory here!

-Oh? Well that's easy. What do you wish me to say?

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

 

Sixty Cents

to speculators with
each gallon of gas.

The swifties got
June Cleaver out
to work for starters.

Thus began fracking
485 Mapleton Drive.

How June and Ward scram-
ble to map purest America
by piling up Chinese junk!

Beaver and Wally now delinquent,
The Criminal Justice System rec-
ommends their dearest advocate.



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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 
The Quiet Man

-We’re corrupt but it’s hardly an art form.
Crass, pretty much. Example: Congress.

Check big contributions and then how your
representative votes. Precious few anomalies.

But in Egypt, most of the Middle East, a revered
and entrenched tradition of centuries!

A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

-So long as it not a Jew forever.


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Monday, June 13, 2011

 
Billionaires


REPUBLICAN
They are our ALL!

DEMOCRAT
We nod to others.

REPUBLICAN
A most confined nod, since you, in strangest paradox,
have gathered up some we sought to worship.

DEMOCRAT
Visionaries.

REPUBLICAN
Traitors to their class.

DEMOCRAT
"Up for auction now: The Presidency! Opening bid already made of one billion."

REPUBLICAN
Who...?

DEMOCRAT
Supreme Court.

REPUBLICAN
I can't believe it!

DEMOCRAT
Proxy.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

 
Rocco and Chickie Discuss the End

ROCCO
Chickie, the Brave! Went back to one of the wives!

CHICKIE
Brave? I don’t know. Lots of time brave,
lots of times cowardly. All jammed together
in the latest episode.

ROCCO
Is it over? Again?

CHICKIE
Emphatically!

ROCCO
Bad idea?

CHICKIE
Not at first.

ROCCO
Be all that domestic folderol as it may, you’re getting
up there, Chickie.

CHICKIE
Yeah, the Gathering Up’ll grab my ass up outside
Pat’s Steaks one of these ambiguous days.

ROCCO
Lifted in a vapor of onions.

CHICKIE
Like a bush league ghinny saint!

ROCCO
So what’s the final verdict? The existential question!
Did you shade more towards brave in life?

CHICKIE
Who the fuck knows. I’m busy dying then.

While other regions have quieted, South Philadelphia remains voluble.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

 

Exhausted From Enforcement,

the Puritan has been
institutionalized,

babbling of sex-
ual kinkiness.

Though various, most
untaught among us,
luckily. His vile own.

Worst for him, though,
multitudinous duties
left undone by Sloth.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

 
Armageddon

In some American elections,
the argument gets biblical.

A joyless wasteland
where your gnawing roots
of sooty trees pledged

if you dare install
the awful opponent.
Scripture freely quoted.

Which Devil employs also,
and more gracefully.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

 
Trailing Off For God & Country

-You Republicans, through your fellow-traveler boards
and executives are keeping unemployment high
to hurt the president!

-Now that's too massive a conspiracy even for us!
What I will give you is: tight race the last few
months, some hiring decisions might...

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

 
Voucher Can't Win

for perpetually losing
and some insist it's

the name. Want it changed
before next race. For my part,
I desire a horse with heart.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

 
Leaving a London Club,notable couple disheveled -caption

Dwelling in Florida,
is there a way

I can leave
a London club?

Some teleportation
causing Paparazzi
frenzy at my mess?

A dolphin plays
below my window:

I can’t get infamous
like this and he,
Big Brain, knows it.

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Monday, June 06, 2011

 
Corporate HQ

-Our take is that we engage our critics, have a
no-holds-barred discussion, and change ourselves
for the betterment of mankind!

-Oh yeah? I just thought we were mining coal.
Look, our critics are a bunch of weak hillbillies.
Every sentence trails off.

-That’s the problem. Public pity for them
is killing us! So, the thing is first to beef them up!

-How do we do that?

-Send a leader in. One of our own who can mouth Lefty.

-Good idea. He’ll hog TV time and make them appear
to have fiber.

-Then we’ll have that discussion!

-What if he turns traitor with all the good home cooking?

-We got more. It’s the beauty of the system.

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

 
Male Conversation

-She screams?

-Fay Wray.

-Well she was fending off the moves of one, King Kong.
Not a blanched-out puke like you.

-At any rate, noisy love.

-That's one kind.

-She prefers it and me.

-I had you. You weren't so hot.

-That was in another pay grade.

-Is it all shit from here on? Getting scattered women
into filthy sheets?

-‘bout best we can do for the nonce.

-The married seem remotely happy.

-Zombies. Study them at Home Depot.

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

 

Multis

How many me’s in
parallel universes will

prove boring pains
in the ass? I tend
to concur with

the Shakespeare
I combine and
pluralize: Poor

forked things crawl-
ing between
heavens and earths.

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Friday, June 03, 2011

 

Fox Fawns

on the Fascist
of the Day.

MSNBC leans forward
like a drunk.

CNN keeps delineating
itself into truer chaos.

Where do you get your news?
Flip subject and object.

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

 
Reenacting

FATHER
Kids wanted to know should they soap Jew or Jude on the windows? Told them I like Jude for historical resonance.

FRIEND
Won’t the merchants be mad? Especially the nons?

FATHER
Just after we booze-out here, you and I stagger downtown
and wash the windows by dawn’s early light.

FRIEND
I knew was catch for that terrific steak.

FATHER
Catch? Educating youngsters is hardly that!

FRIEND
Oh well, cleaning up after youth can be a moral imperative.

FATHER
Until they can do it for themselves. Jeremy won’t be inclined, methinks. He says Hitler had the right idea.

FRIEND
My God! You can’t let him persist in that!

FATHER
Not sure.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

 

Criminal Justice

Fell in with Vigilantes when
police and prosecutors em-

bodied corruption. Turned since,
and the fresh ones persist in
asking me the odd question.

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