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Saturday, 31 March 2018

America First

Are we a family of nations or are we not? How did this

nation thing happen in the first place anyway where just

about every man woman and child belongs to one like

a fraternity or club Was it the different languages we spoke

Or is that a chicken before the egg kind of thing Because we

look different? No slant eyes here No blacks there We all

know the Americanized lily white Monet Europeans will

inherit the earth Not the Chosen People Not the Nazis nor

Japs Build that wall. Rousseau wrote about this: The man

who enclosed the first piece of ground was… How many

crimes wars murders stopped and mankind saved by pulling

out the stakes Like Woodrow Wilson and the League

of Nations Or Clinton (the philanderer) at the second Obama

Dem Convention: "Democrats believe we’re all in this together

is far better than you’re on your own" Not the selfish spoiled brat

hoarding all the kids’ toys causing him to be sent to his room

for a timeout. When my son was a little boy he fought with his sister

about who would sit in the front seat of the car And he was so sad

when his friend’s mother made brownies for school and the class

bully ate the last one and many many more before that one

and before my son had had even a bit of brownie to eat And John

Bolton’s now the new national security advisor Wants to bomb North

Korea and Iran too Thinks if you remove the top floors of the United

Nations nothing will happen When will the meek inherit the earth

Bolton's boss still loves hoarding kids' toys and gorging on brownies.

© Gil Hoy


Gil Hoy is a Boston poet and trial lawyer who is studying poetry at Boston University through its Evergreen program. Hoy received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as a Brookline, Massachusetts Selectman for four terms. Hoy’s poetry has appeared, most recently, in Ariel Chart, The Penmen Review, Right Hand Pointing/One Sentence Poems, The New Verse News and Clark Street Review.

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