Why are Lefties so Nice?
19 February 2005
Why are lefties so nice?
The Rightwing wants you dead, you know.
Crucified, strapped to electric chairs,
lined up and shot, rounded up in buses.
They don't much care how it's done.
They just want you dead,
like in Chile under Pinochet
or the con federate flag flying South
in the days of cotton and gentility,
celebrated lynchings and legitimated rape.
They want you dead so bad they would kill
their own kith and kin to see you suffer.
They would poison the world with nuclear
winter and global warming and dead whales
as far as the eye can see.
And more than anything else
they want you to shut your f--king mouths
and take it like a man
nailed to the cross
while every television screen
is tuned to the paid-for-corporate news
about what a wonderful world it is
and why we should be scared
in between the commercials to death
cause we all know there are terrorists
just waiting for us to turn out the lights
or register our M16s
and that is why we cannot afford
to coddle our children
with teachers and doctors and dentists
and love. Spare the rod and spoil.
So why are lefties so nice?
In a gesture of aristocratic solidarity,
they try to make the righties smile
by turning on each other
more than once in awhile,
like inmates in the yard
whacking each other
while the guards laugh.
© 2005, Satya J. Gabriel