Snippets of monologues pick up at various rundown bars. They exist out there.

First two stanzas are mine the rest is reportage.





My Glock and my God

its bitter downright rancid

This toxic dough ball

crow and eagle feathers

Their pinions barbs

That scar my  throat


He’s flown south now

Q Anon’s not to be found

The uprising is a party tale

From a bad nights drinking

All this ammo and nowhere

To spend it


He’s the white guy who made 

Eastwood’s Grand Torino

Shot the black kid

On Seven Mile and John R

In an F250 drive by

On a July Friday night

No one cared Detroit

Had 800 murders


They tell me

Heston wasn’t Moses 

Audie Murphy was a psychopath

John Wayne didn’t go to war

Andy and Mickey Rooney 

Weren’t my dad’s friends


That small brown man

Sittin behind a plexiglas wall

At the Seven Eleven

Says I have to wear

A mask and stand 10 feet back

While his son who works three

Jobs takes my nephew’s

Because he went deer hunting

On opening day after

Standing in the Capitol

Rotunda taking a selfie

That landed him in jail 


They want me to pay 

For folks who won’t work

So they can be just like me


My rights are mine and

No one else’s and I’ll die

To protect them


Those high rise folks just

Don’t understand Scott’s

Turf builder and never will

So stay off my street away

From my town and out

Of my state 


My Daddy tol my about

His first kill in the Nam

She was twelve he thinks

First we shot her Cong grandad 

He was stopping us from 

Pourin gas on his rice cache

How’d he know they were

VC... Panama’s

Sides they all look a like


No poor folks in Northern

Michigan some got more

Than others but we make up

By huntin and fishin on state

Land no welfare here...proud

Of that

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Written on 2021-01-21 at 13:50

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Thomas D The PoetBay support member heart!
Joe, this is something else. The verity of it is harrowing. Excellent work.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
A very thoughtful work, Jo. Says much of the past - present - future.
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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I drove down to Kansas City from Omaha yesterday. There were big Trump signs on a lot of the farms. They'll probably never be taken down.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
You got it right, this is amazing and horrifying.

Trump will be installed permanently in a Fox studio, and run an alternative Presidency from Mar-a-lago.

I so want to be optimistic, I just can't do it.