Just Outside Alliance, Ohio

they don’t let poor boys be president,
not anymore at least,
don’t see a man in the bully pulpit
chaw under the lip, with
squirrel in his gut, no,
but there’s a certain something they want to
play-act like, a certain way they want
to be seen, big men with big guns,
strong men but not rough men,
tough men who never prove it,
the kind of life experiences only money can buy,
bootcamps that don’t get you killed and
hunting chained lions, drinking
liquors beaten down to smoothness,
fishing with computers and
pretending, somehow,
spending more money to do it
gives them different reasons to enjoy it,
reasons that ain’t like ours,
because we’re just poor boys,
and poor boys are
that’s why they can’t be president.

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