Friday, October 21, 2016

God save us

A White Man’s Prayer

Lord send me a champion
inarticulate as a mouthful
of hot filé gumbo, smart

as two left shoes, windier
than a kettle of Uncle
Larry’s chili, who talks

tough around the silver
spoon in his mouth
someone sane

as an organ grinders monkey 
a Yankee Doodle Dandy
plenty handy with the girls

honest as the day is long
in Lapland in December
an hombre who knows

how it feels to be top rail
at breakfast, bottom rail
by bedtime, big hearted

to his legions of lessors
his betters nothing more
than ugly rumor, Lord

knows my first choice
Foghorn Leghorn
is only a cartoon.     

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