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The Shadows of Lesser Men

This is the standard I am expected to desire according to most
of the men I know in this part of Oregon.

There is a weekly poker game here in the park.
About ten men show up to it, including the park's owner.
They are bigots to a man, and proud Trump supporters,
and many of the things in the poem below I've actually heard them say.

I'm in their age range, and I'm a white man too.
But they want nothing to do with me.
They know I don't share their values.
I've heard their comments behind my back as I walk by.
I've heard their wives' comments, too.
I'm unacceptable, a liberal, a cuck, a pansy, a Democrat, a pussy.

I use the clubhouse they play poker in to meditate.
Last night, while I waited in the rain for their cheap-alcohol-
and-cheaper-cigars-penny-stakes-testosterone-fest to end,
something inside me snapped.
This poem is, at least partially, a consequence.


The Shadows of lesser men.
The examples I am supposed to look up to.
The values. The likes and dislikes. The politics. The worldview. The religion.
The shadows of lesser men.

Their currency is a gravity that destroys all light.
Who wants a shot?

Trump isn't so bad. At least he's doing something about
all those illegals.
If you don't like him, you can leave!

#MeToo? Fuck that. A buncha angry lesbians who want
to pollute the minds of our kids.
Lock that bitch Hillary up already!
Put her in a cell next to Jane Fonda!
White men built America.
It's ours!

You're penniless, you cuck snowflake pinko fag.
You're worthless!
Never married?--you are a fag! You must be!
Never owned property?
Fuckin' failure.
Never had kids?
Good. At least your spawn won't be runnin' around!

We're men.
We're real men.
Fuck those Women's Marches!
If they were gettin' it like they should, they'd be makin' dinner at six
and be damn happy about it!

Fuck their right to choose!
Why the fuck we allowed them the right to vote is beyond me.
They have the right to suck dick and launder our underwear, and to
raise our kids as good God-fearin' Christians!
That's all they should aspire to. Any more is unnatural.

Build the wall!
(That is, after those filthy browns harvest my dinner.)
De-regulate everything!
Coal! Coal! Coal!
If you like solar power, you must be a Hillary-votin' weakling.
Kill them all!
Science? Climate? Equality?
What, are you some sort of intellectual?

It's all fake news anyway.
Fox News says it is, and that's good enough for me.

We're glad Russia interfered in the election!
Fuck those Democrats!
If we have to, we'll stick 'em in the same camps we're
gonna stick all the browns and lesbians in.
The FBI is corrupt!
Hang Mueller!
Ivana is how I want my daughter to grow up.
She's classy.

Buy more tiki torches!
We're gonna make America great again!


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