When Lawrence Ferlinghetti walked among us

When Lawrence Ferlinghetti walked among us
baseball players didn’t just come
from Nicaragua

Poet-ballplayers went down to Managua
and talked to Sandinistas
about fireballing
Cuban revolutionaries who might have played
for the Yankees

In the American League

If General Eisenhower had not sent a U2 plane
to spy on Russia
and Batista
had not been a fan
of American football.

When Lawrence Ferlinghetti went to court
to protect the words of Allen
the mean Tweet had yet to be invented

And no one nominated to run the OMB
was ever disqualified for saying
Ted Cruz
the Clown

of Texas.

You see, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
knew what a good clown
and what a clown-in-power
101 years on Earth

Epic poems about Nixon
and who got to watch one last
where that man from Queens
who thinks he’s a King
was sent to contemplate his navel
in a castle by the sea

A site Lawrence Ferlinghetti always could foresee-

Jeremy Nathan Marks lives in London, Ontario. New work is appearing this fall in So It Goes, The Journal of Expressive Writing, Unlikely Stories, Chiron Review, Boog City, Bewildering Stories, and Ginosko Review. Read other articles by Jeremy Nathan.