The New Patriotism

Cluster of fucks
fickle numerals
naming only themselves
and the selves that surround them daily
this is a race
this is human society
fidgeting against the glow of history
where will our story lead us
when the cold wind blows
our hair away into a folded field of debris
the books have all been duly torched
to promote our scorched earth outlook
crooks mistaken for saviors
waver in the water
the water of life
the water of desire
they’re the same goddamn waters
and you won’t get very far
if you forget how to swim

-r. miller

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