Participation in the Summit of the Americas

Participation in the Summit of the Americas
Is limited to those nations
With leadership capable of grasping
The wisdom of the hegemon
And willing to subordinate
Their own insignificant wants and needs
To the magnificence of the empire.

Participation in the Summit of the Americas
Is limited to those nations
With policies that reflect
The carefully crafted master plan
Of the hegemon
To dominate first the hemisphere
And then the entire world.

Participation in the Summit of the Americas
Is limited to those nations
That do not accept aid
From the hegemon’s rivals/enemies
Choosing instead to embrace offers
Of crippling loans
From the International Money Fuckers
That will leave them more deeply indebted
And thus assure their loyalty
To the Colossus of the North.

Participation in the Summit of the Americas
Is limited to those nations
That reject even the whiff,
Much less the stench,
Of socialism
And instead bury their noses
In the sweet aromas
Of neoliberal bouquets
Available exclusively at fashionable florists
In the very best neighborhoods.

Participation in the Summit of the Americas
Aims to assure that the status remains quo
That the petty oligarchs and tyrants in power
South of the border
Will reap riches and rewards
Beyond imagining
As long as they remain subservient
To the hegemon.

From the summit of the Summit of the Americas
The view is panoramic
From there you can see
All the nations of Latin America,
The compliant ones
Politely lined up
Hats in hand
The defiant ones –
Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba —
Toiling ceaselessly
To overcome the deadly effects of embargoes
And sanctions
Imposed for their refusal
To toe the hegemon’s line.

From the summit of the Summit of the Americas
The view is magisterial
From there you can see all the way
To Russia and China.

Buff Whitman-Bradley’s new book is At the Driveway Guitar Sale, from Main Street Rag Publishing. He podcasts poems on aging, memory, and mortality at thirdactpoems.podbean.com and lives in northern California with his wife, Cynthia. Read other articles by Buff.