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Friday, 12 January 2018

Our Idiot President

I’ve seen him           coming down the hallway

the idiot boss            the toxic gas cloud

and I’ve heard him   proclaim

in coded language    those life-draining policies

we all sensed            were coming

then came                 the sky above our workplace

proof of a world       outside the prison

and yet                      that stickiness one feels

inside                        the narrow workplace

that claustrophobic   fear-zapping of soul

now you too             staffers of the President

know how it feels     so welcome to our world

most of us                 can tell you it never gets better

the idiot boss grows         only bolder

the yes-men and        yes-women support him

at least in public        and he will push it to extremes

a rubber band            stretched to its limit

but I’m here to say    it will not break

idiots like these         know just how far to go

they take you there   oh gosh they take everyone there

like that friend                 who pushed you to do things

that made you           uncomfortable

a suit in the closet    meaningless dress shoes

polished          the crimson pantsuit on the bed

droll bloodless                cold an erasure painting

what do you want?     sympathy? empathy for the wall-

makers?           the go-getters, the workaholics?

the movers                  and shakers? is he an idiot?

is he? I’ve seen           him coming down the hallway

the idiot boss              the toxic gas cloud

and I’ve heard him     proclaim

© Alejandro Escudé

Fmr. Trump advisor who called Trump an idiot defends remarks

Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

1 comment:

  1. Really good. I love the conversational opening, after which the reader is rapidly sucked into the body of the piece and forced to go the distance.

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