the father of our country never told a lie
because nobody ever asked him
about sex
under oath
or on videotape

it’s well known
he spent the night wherever
though I wouldn’t say he slept
as a Virginian planter, anyway
as a gentleman
who never tells

who remains puritanical

I sense the bigger issues
and am appalled by all sides

all the prurient curiosity
of the tabloid newscasts
of the self-righteous hypocrites
inadvertently assisting the unseen Jihadists
all of right-wing bents

all in their titillating hate

set out to destroy a marriage
or a nation

lend me a radio on Saturday afternoon
and I’m tuned to the opera
live from somewhere
in all the bloody vengeance
of desire
where this is headed


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