a compelling morass



Lee Harvey & the little girl America

i thought i saw Lee Harvey Oswald
at the corner
smoking
holding the hand of a little girl
waiting for the light to change

and i thought
“that little girl
is America
and Lee Harvey
is going to teach her to smoke”

but then i thought
“oh.
America
already knows how to smoke.”

and then,
“that little girl is America
and Lee Harvey Oswald
is going to teach her
to shoot a gun”

but then,
“oh.
America
already knows
how to use a gun
–cripes,
America pretty much is a gun!”

then i thought,
“oh.
Lee is going
to teach
little girl America
how to be betrayed
by people you think you
should be able to trust.

because this is a lesson
America still hasn’t really learned yet.”

and then the light changed
and i passed by the two of them
real close
and as they went on
i thought,

“oh. That’s not
Lee Harvey Oswald
at all.
That’s only my neighbour,
Mr. Kaczynski.”

– Clay McCann

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