For Whitman On Election Day 1980
Ah Walt, on Election Day the rainfall
stripped the trees of all the yellow
leaves and the campaign posters on the walls
made assassins seem like heroes.
Despite your dreams of evolution
the nation goes another way, and our banks
around the world, fund an anti‑revolution.
Perhaps you've failed to understand
for all your hopes and all your visions
that history's a slimy mission.
Here inside this stormy season
frustrations breed a human smog
and riled up the desperate nation
snaps Reagan! Reagan! like rabid dogs.