Nap alm†††† Health†††† Spa:†††† Report†††† 2006

 

 

MICHAEL PINGARRON

 

 

this isnít a nightmare

 

 

rolling dice in great casinos

theyíre worried about their jobs

exported to a country that

pays slave wages to its workers

 

illegal aliens marching in DC

wave the Mexican flag

to honor the land of their birth

spending their dollars

 

on skid row tenements

with jacked up rents the homeless

canít afford††† in secret subway

tunnels Ďneath New York

 

its drugged out residents

are writing a Constitution to

free themselves from the rule

of money bags with huge bellies

 

who returning home

in horse drawn carriages

from Tavern on the Green

fondle their fatness

 

their earnings

from their skid row holdings

buys them a ticket out of town

 

they wonder about how their race horse

did at Monmouth

as to whether he won†††† placed

or showed

 

a vacation in Acapulco

ends any worry they have

and raises the price

of a can of Spam

for the old man shining shoes

 

on the corner of Fifth and Heaven

who walks home to Spanish Harlem

at the end of the day

 

this isnít a nightmare

this is Saturday night at six

when someone wanting dinner

pillages a garbage can

 

licking yellow slop from his fingers

in an effort to savor

its putrid taste

 

 

5/6/06