black, brown, blue blood, blue
collar castoffs, crackheads. Crack
down on drunk, down on his luck, different, do-did-done, done in.
Everyone emancipated? Not even. Education equals elevation?
Forget it. Friends, foes— who knows? Forgotten, foreign. Faded, faceless,
guarded, graceless. Government approved ill-gotten goods.
Hated, hateful. Hurting, heartbroken. Hapless, helpless, hopeless.
Irrational, insanitized, institutionalized. Is this all there is? Inscrutable
justice. Just don’t look. Just joking. Jaded, jilted, off–
kilter. Kindness didn’t kill her— oh well, keep it on the down
low. LOL. Love lost, lesson learned, left alone, life goes on
marred, malevolent, a mandated masquerade. Move, make do,
Nothing new. Not coming home from non-jobs to no good neighborhoods.
On with the show. Old, overweight, outcast, outdated, out-
played. Paralyzed plasticized smiles, passionless, prelude to a
Quaalude, queer, querulous. Clearly
ridiculous. Restless, regretless, rules rendered un-
scrupulous, senseless. Stay away stranger
transgender danger! Who do you tax/tolerate/trust? He’s not like
us. Unwelcome, unknown, unfulfilled, unrequited, whose fault is it?
Vicious voices violate, victimize, with venomous verbal assault—
what do we do? Withdraw into a wheelchair accessible vault. Wait.
Xenophobia and Xanax for all! Medicate your hate.
YOLO, you young rich bitch, you can’t legislate
zip zero tolerance zilch.