January 20th

The ship of state, unmoored

Tacks drunkenly to the right,

Her sails at full mast, unfurled

Listing through the dark night,

Off-course, and in troubling waters.

Heading deeper into the uncharted,

Where the greedy fill their coffers,

Freedoms and privileges disrespected.

The rules of law unprincipally ignored,

Her citizens accustomed to a frenzy

Of vituperation that replaces civility,

Are shocked, stunned, not silent, not still,

Swimming with the sharks, they will not be krill.

Frightened but not afraid, they stand on deck

Ready to fight off piracy and help her restore

Her dignity, so she can once again dock 

Safely-no longer adrift– on freedom’s shore



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