Watching Television on the 4th of July


Trapped in lies 

Like a boy among pirates

I flip channels: 

A Jesus huckster 

Waves a bible 

Like a scalp; 

A loud man 


He has a perfect knife;


Thinning hair;

Miracle bra;

Join the Army;

“Help! I’ve fallen

And I can’t get up!”

Dog treats;



Hang gliders;

Talking toilets;

Lewis and Clark;


Hotel getaways;

Speed freak


And something 

Intricate, blistered,

Abacus of the soul–

Old men marching in parades…



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