Things are Gonna Change

I felt like writing this evening, but found myself a bit stumped. How exactly should I follow up on my last two posts about the mutual shaming of Dog Four and myself? In my desperation, I resorted to that tried and true cure for writer’s block: plagiarism. This, by the way, is also a debut – the first time I have posted any poetry. And after you read it, you will probably understand why. So here it goes:

things are gonna change

A poem consisting entirely of phrases from Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump

mr trump you’re right
look back there in the press box
heads are spinnin,
media heads are spinning
this is going to be so much fun

are you ready
to make america great again?
we all have a part in this
you hard-working Iowa families, you farm families
and teachers and teamsters and cops and cooks
you rockin’ rollers and holy rollers!
all of you who work so hard
you full-time moms
you with the hands that rock the cradle
you all make the world go round
and now our cause is one

you betcha

we’re watching our sailors suffer
humiliated on a world stage
at the hands of iranian captors
a weak-kneed, capitulator-in-chief
decided america will lead from behind
he, who would negotiate deals
maybe organizing a neighborhood tea
he deciding that, ‘no, america would apologize’
the enemy sends a message
to the rest of the world
and then we bend over
and say, ‘thank you, enemy.’

no more pussy footin’ around!
can I get a ‘hallelujah?’
you ready for a commander-in-chief
who will let our warriors do their job
and go kick isis ass?

exposed
not just that tragic
the ramifications
of that betrayal
of the transformation
of our country
but too, the complicity
on both sides of the aisle
that has enabled it
OK?

what he’s been able to do
really ticking people off
going rogue left and right, man
tear the veil off this idea of the system
the establishment
the troubles that we are in
in america

bust up that establishment
make things great again

we, you, a diverse dynamic
needed support base that they would attack
some of them even whispering
they’re ready to throw in
they can’t afford to see the status quo
go
slurping off the gravy train
feeding them all these years
they don’t want that to end.
well, and then, funny, ha ha,
not funny
but now, what they’re doing
is wailing
uh, uh, uh, trumpeters,
not conservative enough

how about the rest of us?
right wingin’, bitter, clingin’
proud clingers of our guns
our god and our religions and our constitution
tell us that we’re not red enough?
right

you know,
they stomp on our neck
and then they tell us
‘just chill, okay just yeah,
just relax.’

we’re not gonna to chill
it’s time to drill, baby, drill
the status quo has got to go
it can’t be salvaged
it must be savaged
are you ready for new?
you only go to war
if you’re determined to win
you quit footin’ the bill
for these nations who are oil rich
paying for some of their skirmishes
going on for centuries
where they’re fightin’ each other
and yellin’ ‘allah akbar’
calling jihad on each other’s heads
for ever and ever
let them duke it out
and let allah sort it out

things are gonna change

spent his life with the workin’ man
and he tells us joe six packs
‘you know, i’ve worked very, very hard
and i’ve succeeded
hugely
i’ve succeeded,’ he says

he builds big things, things that touch the sky
spent his life looking up
respecting the hard hats and the steel-toed boots
and the work ethic
i think you’re ready for that.

you’re ready to see our vets
treated better than illegal immigrants
you’re ready for the tax reform
to open up main street again.
you’re ready to stop the race-baiting
and the division based on color and zip code
to unify around the right issues
pro-life
pro-second amendment
strict constitutionality
things that are unifying values
and their time-tested truths involved

now, finally friends,
picture this
exactly one year from tomorrow
former president barack obama
he packs up the teleprompters and the selfie-sticks
and the greek columns and all that hopey changey stuff
and he heads on back to chicago
where i’m sure he can find some community
there to organize again
there he can finally look up
and there over his head
he’ll be able to see that shining towering
trump tower
yes, barack, he built that
and that says a lot

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