Remember those best minds of our generation

who got to run the government

while having to prove they were all American

not socialist revolutionaries

so to prove it they grabbed the lambs

off of tenement streets

the son of the Allentown butcher, the deer hunters

shaved their heads at Fort Dix New Jersey

dropped them in the Mekong

where they would kill or be killed

by the son of a rice farmer


while tens of thousands wailed

while tens of thousands died

while tens of thousands carried flags


so that I can buy my bedroom set

marked Made in Vietnam from a local furniture store

on instant credit with no payments until 2019

or a really nice blouse at Kohl’s

made by the “commies” who now earn

so much money off us they can do nothing

but lend it back to us to close the deficit

created by tax cuts for the rich and famous?

You do remember don’t you?


Or how about the war on drugs

started by Trickie Dick I think

attacking those hippies smokin weed

those scary black dudes

who always had needles in their arms

young skanky blonde crack whores

all of whom were to be swept off our streets

to make America clean

sent to jail where they belong

 while rich white coke heads

dancing the night away at Studio 54

got house arrest in Beverly Hills




and the jails became filled with the hippies,

black dudes and crack whores

and it cost a lot of tax payer money

’cause the corrections officers were unionized ;

can’t have that can we?

so we’re ceding the jails over

to corporate America which turns a profit

on every hippie, black dude and crack whore

our system of justice sends to their care 

to keep the profits flowing

as the drug lords take over Mexico

and our kids are snortin’ horse

cause you don’t have to boil it anymore.


Have you noticed that there is no obesity problem in our jails?


And now a war on terror

because we want to eliminate every risk

every possibility that something

might disturb our sense of entitlement

American exceptionalism

interrupt Dancing or the start of the NFL season

so the war on scary dudes goes on

no matter which of our “best and brightest”

we choose as Emperor

while we step over homeless vets

turn our blind eye

to the lines at the free clinic,

get felt up at airports

and hold a kill meeting over coffee

every Tuesday afternoon

before we send our space craft over a people

who can’t make a washing machine

who ride on donkeys;

we blast the scary dudes 

from the sky in a video game

but sometimes we kill the children

who must have thought it was War of the Worlds

except they never saw a movie.


And we call it collateral damage.

How American.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Scream

  1. sojourner says:

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. beetleypete says:

    You nailed the whole crazy thing, Frank. As usual.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. jfwknifton says:

    Yes, excellent, powerful words, Frank.

    Liked by 1 person

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