Treasure Island

A.j. Binash

(04-20-1988 / Dodgeville WI)

Blushing Pig's Blood (Government Shutdown 2013)


1.
It was the beginning of the fall
And the U.S. Government
Was shut down.

I had a confidence in death
Reserved for suicide victims.

And every politician
Was blushing pig’s blood.
Speaking through their pores
Using exit wound detail.

The Media determined
Which side to choose
By creating Rorschach tests
Out of the politician’s promises.

They dissected each word
Till it became a blot of colorless dribble.

They proceeded to show the blots
To various focus groups. And kept
A tally count
On how many
“Oohs”
And
“Aahs”
Each blot received.

2.
Darwin said it would happen.
A Civil War to prove dominance.

We were too distracted
By Rorschach entertainment

To remind ourselves
That fear is a product of evolution.

A consequence of playing
Hide & Seek with predators.

We had no idea
That once we enslaved the predators

We would hunt each other
Out of boredom.
3.
It was the beginning of the fall
And the U.S. Government
Was shut down.

Dead leaves skidded across the sidewalks,
Like invisible footsteps
Finding their toes.

And the wind asked me:
“Are you afraid? ”

I picked a leaf off the ground
Held it by the stem.

I let it go
Watched it crumble
Into flakes

As the wind took it
To places unknown

“Yes.” I said. “I am afraid.”

Submitted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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  • Brian Jani (6/19/2014 2:27:00 PM)

    Very very powerful poem based on your choice of words, i like how you put this poem together 9/10 (Report) Reply

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