Black Umbrella - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

in our custom
a man must take an umbrella
and must raise it
like a gentleman

it must remain raised
even when the rain stops
until the woman signals

this time it is the Chief Justice
doing it for the First Lady of
the President

there is more to this tradition
than meets the eye
it is my perfect picture of
subservience and

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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