Robert Verdon


Haiti, 2010

The minutemen have slowed considerably
Since 1776
They began to falter around 1804
Were sluggish between 1915 and 1934
And comatose from ‘57 to ‘86

Their messianic President goosesteps on the water
Nothing threatens the Empire more
Than a black child without gangrene


This time they seem asleep at the wheel
Must be the Caribbean air, or the rum
Or the sales of tee-shirts and baseballs
for enemy combatants to eat

But never mind
Blame the roads and the rioters
I guess they’ll have the place all set up
In time for the election.

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