Whether de facto
or de jute, our Prez is

lookin’ good. You go

Girl! for owning
buildings on both sides

of the border even if

all of your angry
tweets have no legal

meaning, not yet.

Seems like something
eventually has got

to give—tenacious

weeds sprouting up
in schoolyards

all across America

where amnesia
makes it impossible

for bullies sent home

to become something
other than what they

really are. Inmates

darting under our Veep’s
rusted belt look pretty

much the same if not

for the electronic
billboard planted right in

the middle of what

was once a cornfield
we used to play

Smear the Queer in!—

a different message
lit up in multiculti lights

every time we turned

around to look—
BUILD THAT WALL

or LOCK HER UP

unable to hold
a roman candle

to FUCK AMERICA

IN MY ASS AGAIN!
No one had to tell us

what Trojans streaked

with shit or gonads
hooked up to electrodes

looked like. By then,

we’d already found
ourselves on a slow boat

to China, eager to swing

our soaps on a rope
while yeomen juiced

on PrEP marched straight

onto a poop deck
where all of us flew

underneath the radar.

Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu's next book is Kingdom Come: A Fantasia (Talisman House, 2017). He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.
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