Gang of Four

I say, YAY,
I say, MORE,
I say, GO, Gang of Four!

Rock that boat on the Democratic Party Plantation—
every “State of the Union,” hearing and “investigation”
Joust with the stupid, ugly, ignorant corporate clown
fancying his weird, absurd, porcupine rug as a crown

But he’s mere misdirection—though lewd and loud
for ol’ Pentagon pickpockets working the crowd—
Bombing babies, locking little children in cages—
part of their daily war crimes and weekly outrages!

P-yoo— the rotten smell of festering fascism’s funky
Riding in bareback and backwards on the donkey—
Whipped by Miss Nancy, Cap’n Steny and Unca Jim
Now, does it smell better… ‘cause it’s branded “Dem?”

Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan. He is Co-Chair of the NY Chapter National Writers Union (NWU). Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.