Confirmation Hearing at the Zoo
(an experiment in rhymed free verse or, "anti-verse")

The general, upon his chest
Has rows and rows of ribbons,
Stars, pins, and medals.
The general, of course, utters sounds like all the rest:
Noises resembling real words at times but which put to the test
Of memory and experience reveal just another lack of a plan for escape.
But since Congress in no way objects
To "war" that it always expects,
It OKs an ape
Who peddles

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2019