Why Obama, Why Trump

Our route
is
littered with
towns
from Illinois to New Jersey
rundown
broken
spirits crumbled
people-less homes
like
homeless people.
Committed to despair
by
man’s inattention
and
time’s impatience.
Paint peeling on
white picked fences
with rotten posts.
Rusty tractors
decaying in gardens
amidst wildflowers.
Signs reading
‘for sale’,
really saying
‘abandoned’.
Here
its seems
life is stripped down
to
its essence:
survival.
This dilapidation
of America
real
evident
indisputable
sad
revocable?
unplanned
is a crisis.
You ask why
Trump won
the election
The answer
self-evident
in this scape
of rural America.
Just as you had asked
years ago
why Obama had won?
and
I walked
with you thru
inner-city Paterson
with it’s
discarded
human forms
huddled in doorways,
Adult bars
the only businesses open
for commerce,
Fearful people
moving quickly
to comfort scared kids
looking out of keyholes
at
immortality
degeneracy
decline
decay.
There too,
the Signs that read
‘for sale’,
really mean
‘abandoned’.
That breakdown
of
America’s fabric
its promise
its contract…
That dissolution
of the
American dream
in the acid
of fermented racism
had
manifest
into the delusion
and celebration
of
“Yes, we can”!
And now
this dilapidated
American dream
festering
with poverty
and
seething with rage
has manifest
into the delusion
and celebration
of
“Make America great again”!
In his duty
to his most vulnerable
Obama didn’t succeed.
In the rescue
of his most fragile supporters
Trump likely won’t.

Comments

  1. "people-less homes
    like
    homeless people."

    "That dissolution
    of the
    American dream
    in the acid
    of fermented racism
    had
    manifest
    into the delusion"

    You have an amazing wizadry with words

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