American Proclivities
(a terza rima sonnet in homage to Dante Alighieri and Percy Shelley)

The Wehrmacht-Einheitskanister (or "jerrican")
was not our only Nazi importation.
Like Nixon and McCarthy, unAmerican

activities soon spread throughout our nation,
as far-right opportunists (GOP, for short)
made Nazi gasoline their standard ration.

The “left-wing” junior varsity now takes the court
with “Democrats” like Adam Schiff and Russiagate
all hot to prove that they, too, can the Truth abort.

What evidence of crimes need they articulate?
What use for diplomats and their civilities?
True Nazis only think they need infuriate.

What once were unAmerican activities
have now become bi-partisan proclivities.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2023