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The Armored Hearse

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The Armored Hearse

Prayers descend like acid rain from 
oligarch-soaked manchurians, stumping 
for elected office, praising hybrid 
demigods, passing out vouchers to the 
peasants.

A slow rumbling-
 part of the night-sounds-of-curfew;
descend like fire ants.

Cleaners of the guilt, hidden in plain faith,
unable or unwilling to walk, feign 
blindness, darkness helps.

Cellphone towers only reflect scripted 
light, as memories of real sunshine, fade 
to black. A good cup of coffee is hard to 
find, all the fine beans were swept away 
early on, replaced by dancing bears, 
politely ignored. Thunderclouds, imagined 
in shapes of our founding fathers, 
encourage the deluge, slowly ascending.

Underground-
   a grim band-of-believers watch (again)
a pirated tape of their favorite '80's movie, 
'They Live' from the fabled city called the 
new capital in 'The Postman' Minneapolis..
while the tormented sounds of-

     plows 
scraping overhead, and
 hydrants, 
bellys full, feeding power washers,
cascade
over hardened
faces.



05/11/14
minneapolis
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  1. Date: 7/9/2014 10:16:00 PM
    wow a bit of social commentary - some of it went over my head but I like it! Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/2/2014 12:56:00 PM
    As with Laura, it was the title that lured me. Fine poetry, and yes, cryptic to leave the reader pondering, James :)

  1. Date: 6/1/2014 10:54:00 AM
    jimbo.. that is quite a bit of cryptic writing designed to be a mind-screw, oligarch- brewed!.. huggs

  1. Date: 5/26/2014 1:20:00 AM
    Amazing piece! The title sounded intriguing and the words were just as intriguing. I really like this. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 5/11/2014 5:45:00 PM
    great write James