Doug Lane

Notorious Rbg

We all could see this coming
this death at the last
this opportunity
tumbling into Mitch's
gleeful, trembling, hands.

He's been waiting,
to ambush
the nation
as it fights
for its life.

He's got
just the Fascist,
just the Crypto-Christian,
for the job
- - Senator Tom Cotten,
Arkansas reactionary,
who's thinking
"The South
WILL rise again."

Both are eager
to turn back the clock,
to lock
for the next half century
for billionaires, racists,
sexists, theocrats,
corporate fat cats.

With what sadist joy
will Mitch watch
The Supremes
strip voting rights
from non whites,
strip control over their bodies
from women,
knock them both back
to servility
and inequality.

No one
has done more
to eviscerate
our democracy
and once more
make America
a slave state,
no one
has done more
to lay low
our highest ideals
and wage war
on our better angels.

How he yearns
to snuff out
Liberty's light
and cast us all
in darkness.

Topic(s) of this poem: political

Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Poem Edited: Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

There are other possibilities besides the backwards looking Cotten.For example, Trump might name a reactionary woman to try to defuse the outrage of women voters.This is a very dark day in US history.

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Comments about Notorious Rbg by Doug Lane

  • L Milton Hankins (9/19/2020 1:20:00 PM)

    Exceptionally well-done commentary on the current state of affairs. I'm not generally much on political poetry, but, Doug, you have hit the nail right on the head with poetic verve and honesty! Thanks so much. You might want to check out my tribute to RBG.

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