Sick Fucker (a poem for John Eichelberger)

to go into politics
is to dedicate oneself
to public service
or this should be the motive
the only one we might call
praiseworthy, thus
politician is a noble profession
it’s what, at the very least
we should expect
and if we’re especially fortunate
then we the people
will be blessed the opportunity
to cast the ballot
for politicians in possession
of lofty goals and empathic agendas
but when I see
an elected legislator
whose mission as a politician
is to strip educators,
our children’s teachers,
of paid sick days
all I can do is wonder
what the fuck
why the fuck
how the fuck and
who the fuck
would go into politics
to do that

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