An Orangutan in the Oval Office
(an experiment in rhymed free verse or, "anti-verse")

A president can watch TV
And stay up all night tweeting,
Adrift and lonely.
A president, no doubt, often fails to look and see
What matters to lowly proles: for example, those much like me,
Old veterans of past imperial debacles ignored for many decades now
Who can see that they've wasted their breath:
Warning countrymen not to make "Death!"
As both curse and vow
Their only

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2018