I’ll Take The Fifth

For some reason when ‘independence’ day rolled around these last two years I felt the urge to write something about them. Probably will again this year….

I’ll Take The Fifth-Part One-2001

do you think edgar’s G-men
ceased and desisted
on the fourth of july?

unfolded a lawn chair
a blanket for the young ones

content to observe the fireworks display
NoT
construe
an impending seige
theory of conspiracy

“do you suppose you could ask edgar’s boys
to stop stepping on my heels?” john steinbeck
wrote. “it’s getting tiresome.”

his telephony teeming with bugs
IN
the land of the brave, home
of the free.

g-men relaxing
when the conversations
were static-free

AmeRiCA
our country tis of thee
with the most capitalist of gains
and oiliest futures.

there is no one
can kick it like
YoU

in one
silent threat
of bloodshed unbondable

DoN’T
tell me
there’s liberty and
sure as hell ain’t
justice
Y’ALL

amen

dmw©

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I’ll Take The Fifth-Part Two-2002

amid seasoned plans of color to burst
reds, whites and blues
sans traditional bliss
come crackles, transmissions
maybe yes, maybe no
orange is the color to behold

if edgar could only see us now
he’d flit about like a speckled cow
AmERIca OH
OH you do do me proud!
can you hear his laughter
as it breaks through your door…..

SAY do you think
in some Afghan village
undercover of darkness
from their bomb-lit predicament
they are thankful to be your collateral foil
scores of damaged unfortunates
in the way of your oil
CAN you celebrate freedom
pretend death is not yours can

YOU SEE!!!!

BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT…

where the bones lie scattered
and hearts
fertilise crops….

the bombs bursting in air!
you traded freedom for cops.

dmw©