“America is the tent pole holding up the whole world of order.”
— Thomas Friedman, New Straits Times ONLINE; Op-ED, August 25, 2014
Disoriented with the world’s orderly disorder,
Mr. P.T. Barnum, “Freedom Circuses Corporation”
C.E.O. and majority Tent Stock Holder,
sat alone, nearby screaming ape cages.
Barnum chugged Bailey’s Irish Cream
while he tried to figure-out how best
to finesse downsizing jihadist, zapatista,
tsarist, and part-time fruit picker clowns –
without (of course) resort to either starving
or killing them all.
Empty whiskey glass dropped to concrete,
and the smash alarmed a panda and bear
while they conspired quick exit from the tent.
“O fuck… after all that investment,
why can not they behave like Kurd camels
and Brit fox hounds?” thought Barnum.
The Show must go on, money must be made –
Barnum seized the central tent pole,
boarders were disordered,
he cracked escapees bellies until
cage order and circus prosperity RESTORED!
Midnight, no moon no stars, and
back behind bars, parallel to one another,
the discouraged bear fretted and cursed
in the code-tongue of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
Wrinkled brow, he whispered to the panda,
“Do you think they’ll let me call a White lawyer?”
“Nope,” replied the beaten panda,
“The U.N.’s All State Family Injury
and Tent Damage Insurance Plan
only covers legal fees for white One Worlders…
uh, those with the right General Dynamics values.”
(Sigh) “O well, I’m just a pissed-off and left-footed
dancing bear once again.”