April 19: Progress (#NaPoWriMo #NaPoWriMo2020 #GloPoWriMo #Poetry)

 

PROGRESS

Bring out your dead

so you can open up

windows and wallets,

walk the summer streets.

Go and toss them off

in parks, morgues and graves,

your lovers, neighbours,

colleagues, customers, clients.

Farewell them as you soar

in freedom and liberty

and economy, an eagle,

your constitutional rights.

Not a backward glance,

mighty heroes with guns

fending off the ghosts

lurking in your lungs.

Bring out your dead

so you can live your lives

painting it great again

using other people’s blood.

 

(Image: AP Photo/Gregory Bull, used by Santa Ynez Valley News)

 

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