Another Opening? Enough Already!

They proclaimed that under O
There would be an Opening
W hadn’t Offered
And, Lord, they’d Organize
Their asses Off!

Well, the Only Openings
Were mealy mouths making
Excuses for Operation Of
the capitalist state machine; Only
Thing they Organized
Were spines, twisting pretzel-like,
Justifying extrajudicial killing,
Targeted assassinations—how redundant—
Tuesday Takeout ordered by their Commander;
And, his regime change they could “believe in…”

Alas, these muthafukas proclaim Openings
To speak of Socialism!
If their Socialism’s like their Organizing—
I’ll believe it when I see it: goose-stepping down
Wall Street from Capitalist Hill,
Homeland Security under the banner Of
Emergency Management—Michigan Experiment—Overthrowing
School Boards, City Councils, County Supervisors. Imprisoning Opposition.

Former forklift driver/warehouse worker/janitor, Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet; BAR's Poet-in-Residence; and founder/co-leader of the jazz-poetry ensemble UpSurge!NYC. Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.