Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach, the Russian Jew’s idea

Of what Americans think Russia is like

The little Odessa

On the Atlantic shore ten or so miles

From Wall St

A place for bathing and beach life

Cafes and restuarants, food from all the world

So many nationalities are melted here

And everyone smokes, even the waiters

In their breaks will find a bench to smoke

Old couples in big hats put up umbrellas

Against the sun and light up

The Mermaid Parade on 23 June

So scantily clad on the floats

At night you can dance with seafood clothed girls

In Brighton Beach the only thing

That will set you apart

Is to vote for Obama, for although

They all live most liberal lives

The fear of socialism from their past

Haunts them, even though they know

America is not like that, their fear lives

And drives their vote

While being scantily clad on the beach

Published in The Lark


Fighting For America

There has been blood in the streets

civil war in the suburbs

execution of our black friends

so we are fighting for America

There have been lies after lies, heresy

outside church, upside down Bible

deceit follows deceit, truth is lost

so we are fighting for America

The National Guard was called to war on citizens

guns ruled the streets, stand by

Proud Boys, a militia for POTUS

so we are fighting for America

Four years too much, no more, no more

lies, deceit, ego, suppression of truth

blaming others, no leadership,

so we are fighting for America

No lives matter until black lives matter

democracy dies with each bullet shot

four centuries must end now

so we are fighting for America

Published by 17 11 2020