Song: On Hearing That the Obama Administration Intends to Cut the Budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Song

The fuck you say?

Two hundred million
(or whatever it is)
won’t keep the Marines
in bullets for a day.

The fuck you say?

The Pentagon won’t
deign to wipe its ass
with anything less
than a couple billion.

The fuck you say?

An ancient master
noted: All things
are empty, true, but
differences still count.

The fuck you say?

One does not use
the emptiness
of a shit scoop
to ladle out the soup.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Humanities at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press (2001). He lives with his wife Carole, two Jack Russell terriers, Jett & Penny, & a Chocolate Lab, Angel, on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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