Saturday, November 04, 2006

George W. Bush

I am sorry you had to become
this thing, George,
though secretly I think I
admire you in a way,
how you give America its
true face and make us
think about cleaner things.

I am sorry you were
born into your world
of power and cabals,
secrets and winks
and nods that mean death
for children.

You are not my villain, George.
In the way that no man is a villain
but a
sometimes
victim,
sometimes.

Because you know the hum of
cicadas,
and God sits in your heart,
maybe,
maybe.

So I am sorry that you
have become America,
as no man or woman should be
money and indifference,
as you are not,
I think.

I would sit and listen
to what wisdom you have,
as every man and woman has,
some dark night
in the White House.

1 comment:

ananda said...

Kind of you, forgiving in a way I have never learned to be.

I wouldn't listen to him. I would want to, and think the worse of myself afterwards for not listening, but in the moment I would take whatever wisdom he had to offer me and stuff it into a pile of shit and burn it at his feet with the rest of the wisdom he's given this world. Let him smell the gift he's given us. Let us all realize what American wisdom, these days, really is.