my fellow countrymen, violently so,
these disenfranchised, war-less warriors with a meanness forged by faith
and hammered rock hard by life’s insults, delighting
in the shock, the horror
the stinking black abstraction they created,
An amputee scratching at limbs
that are no longer there.
This morning a cold, strange voice
whispers into my ear
Liberty fell last night,
Broke her hip, died in the ambulance
of a heart attack.
you should know.