Eulogy, by Jennifer Lagier

It’s been a year of loss, betrayal,
massive upheaval—cancerous mom
wasted to death, husband’s addiction,
extended family stressed, torn asunder.

For decades, I’ve hidden inside
a bubble-wrapped fantasy
of perfect parents, stable life,
tasteful home, successful career.

The past months have brutally
torn away every dreamy illusion,
ground my nose into the dirt
of terminal illness, fracturing marriage.

Now spring brings peace,
downsized expectations,
change of residence,
charming picket fence cottage.

Here’s the new foundation
upon which I will rebuild,
welcome serenity,
realistic existence.

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Hang ‘Em High, by Jennifer Lagier

“When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou 

Conservative white male outrage
boils over at the thought of women
in control of their own minds,
bodies, potential.

An Atlantic columnist opines
that those who have abortions
are murderers, should be executed
by public hanging.

Misogyny burgeons
in a country that places
sexual predators
at the helm as leaders.

Sisters gather, organize
vow “No more!”
support female representatives
in record numbers.

 

Jennifer Lagier has published fourteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net

National Security by Jennifer Lagier

“While one hand draws up plans for border walls, the other hands out AR-15s to white, male, homegrown terrorists.” –Susan Schneider

When a friend posts on Facebook
how we used to drive around
with loaded guns in our pickups,
I remind him we were farm kids
who packed shotguns or a .22
to take pot shots at beer bottles,
cans, sometimes a pheasant or rabbit.

We are breeding a generation
of unbalanced, violent white men.
Turn a blind eye to abuse.
Tolerate the massacre
of women and children.
Accept NRA bullshit,
spineless legislators,
escalating school shootings.

Show me where in the 2nd Amendment
it confers an unfettered right
to military grade assault weapons,
unlimited ammo.
Insanity is the definition of
repeating the identical actions
over and over while expecting
a more positive outcome.

Stupid, by Jennifer Lagier

Trump plays ventriloquist’s dummy for the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.” – The Daily Kos

Orange Airbag-in-Chief shares his plan
to prevent more school massacres:
eliminate gun-free zones,
arm all the teachers.

He reads from NRA crib sheets,
ignores pleas from shooting survivors.
News reports reveal that an armed security guard
stood outside while kids were slaughtered.

Families of victims beg for an assault weapon ban,
longer waiting periods, tighter restrictions.
Politicians collect their twenty pieces of silver,
offer prayers, refuse to consider tough legislation.

Nomad by Jennifer Lagier

I wake among remote dunes
when cold beach sand
ices my bones,
beard sparkles with frost.
The adopted Australian Shepard
who contributes body heat,
barks at unwanted intruders,
stirs, stiffly rises, stretches,
expects to be fed.

I panhandle what I can from commuters
paused at the freeway exit stop sign.
Score enough to purchase Red Bull,
dry kibble at the 7-11, then meander
to the wetlands gathering spot
where fellow homeless men,
shaken from coastal thickets by sunrise
congregate beneath a fallen willow.

We hoist a torn red tee shirt,
claim this bruised territory
our brief sanctuary
where we’ll bullshit, pass the bottle,
eventually pass out in the afternoon sun.

Ellis Island Reversal by Jennifer Lagier

Lady Liberty has been laid off,
torch extinguished,
welcome plaque censored,
toll booth installed.

Immigration has been demonized,
myth of terrorists overrunning borders
propagated by white supremacists,
spread by Faux News.

We’ve forgotten our foreign grandparents,
herded through cattle chutes, taken ashore.
Their stooped backs, straining shoulders
pushed the nation’s economy, democracy’s cogs.

Now hate-inflamed extremists
drape themselves in Confederate flags,
march through America’s corrupted heartland,
wave flaming torches, blood dripping clubs.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming publications: Like a B Movie (Feb. 2018) and Camille Mobilizes (Dec. 2018), (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net

Tiny Agonies by Jennifer Lagier

Camille sips hot coffee,
scrolls through Internet headlines:
Porn Star Says Trump Bad in Bed;
Nuclear War, Extreme Weather
Top List of 2018 Threats;
Marathon Running Mom, 10-Year-Old
Boy Latest Flu Victims;
China space station packed with
‘CANCEROUS chemicals’
to crash into Earth ‘within MONTHS’.

She is fed up starting every morning
with elevated blood pressure, wanting
to vaporize Washington DC,
exterminate White House residents,
migrate to a remote forest
or desert island
to escape rampant stupidity.
There aren’t enough bong hits
to erase oppressive, offensive reality.

Instead, she drags out magic marker,
a huge sheet of poster board,
creates a protest sign
with scathing message, pointed graphics.
She’ll share her anger and energy
with vibrant, vocal, voting females.
at the local Women’s March,
Together, they will oust inept,
sexist clowns currently in power,
bring back intelligent, humane behavior,
take over all levels of government,
make the world sane.

President Turd by Jennifer Lagier

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” – Donald J. Trump

 

The statue of liberty weeps as
right-wing Panderer-in-Chief
disparages dark-skinned immigrants,
labels them undesirable, unwanted.

He prefers white folks, like Norwegians,
encourages their unfettered migration
into the cesspool of what once was
an egalitarian, welcoming land.

Republican enablers down pedal his racist vulgarity.
From the other side of the aisle, a handful
of outraged politicians take the xenophobic dotard
illegitimately inhabiting the White House to task.

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Dr. Jennifer Lagier
http://jlagier.net

They’ll Learn the Real Story Soon Enough by Jennifer Lagier

For every stone Mueller overturns,
up squirms money launderers,
Russian trolls, berserk Neo-Nazis.

Republicans collaborate
with Faux News talking heads
to dismiss treasonous findings.

America assumes hatred
will bring back
mythical “good old days.”

A dystopian paradise for wealthy white men.
No uppity women, labor unions,
people of color.

Each day, they dismantle, destroy,
conveniently forget blatant oppression
brews revolution.

Christmas Gift by Jennifer Lagier

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

While children and indigents starve,
survive in alleys, cardboard box ghettos,
fat-cats celebrate the Prince of Payola
who has just given them a generous
Christmas gift of inordinate tax cuts.

Pharisees and their sycophants
repossess temples, erect golden idols.
A harsh regime suppresses free speech,
replaces truth with self-serving commercials.

A rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem
where he lifts his leg, pisses on the poor.
An antichrist brutally seizes the throne.
Timid kings keep their distance.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books of poetry, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review. Her forthcoming books include Like a B Movie and Camille Mobilizes, both scheduled for publication by FutureCycle Press. Visit her website at jlagier.net

The Arena by Jennifer Lagier

The latest of President Pussy Grabber’s

crude, clueless appointees

has lasted less than ten days.

Fired after ranting on video

“I’m not Steve Bannon,

trying to suck my own cock.”

The Mooch eagerly fluffs

batshit Cheeto-in-Charge

as his fed-up wife

files for divorce.

 

Pundits guess

how long other staffers

will remain before

they are thrown under

the vindictive orange bus

or voluntarily abandon

a sinking clown car administration.

 

On Face the Nation,

one talking head

predicts an immediate pivot

to more dignified behavior,

fewer embarrassing leaks

now that there’s a

new sheriff in town.

 

Wanna place any bets?

The Longest Gamble by Jennifer Lagier

The presidential apprentice

gambles for ratings,

pardons a racist sheriff

to pre-empt sentencing

for his conviction,

then incarceration

 

After U.S. threats

of fire and fuy,

North Korea launches missiles

that sail over northern Japan.

The skies fling hurricanes,

tornados, 50 inches of rain.

Flood waters rise, cover red Texas.

 

It’s a feeding frenzy

of conspiracy theorists,

right-wing radicals,

climate change deniers

whose crackpot beliefs

now pervert the White House.

 

We’re on our own during

democracy’s deconstruction,

Constitutional crisis.

Ethics, integrity crumble.

Russia laughs; their boy is in charge.

Treason, corruption, hypocrisy burgeon.

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Jennifer Lagier currently hides among sand dunes at the edge of the Pacific Ocean to escape the ongoing decline of discourse and democracy in the U.S. Website: jlagier.net

The Unfairness of the Game by Jennifer Lagier

“There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making decisions.”
 – Sen. Claire McCasgill

 

Thirteen Republican white men

hide behind a locked door as they

craft a bill to control women’s bodies.

 

They operate in a vacuum of facts,

base legislation on lethal ignorance,

disproved urban legends:

 

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body

has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

 

Who needs abortion when victims of sexual assault

can just get “cleaned out” by a rape kit?

 

Women shouldn’t terminate pregnancies

resulting from rape because it’s what God intended.

 

Abortion is much more serious

than the rape of children by priests.

 

Abortion rights caused the Sandy Hook massacre.

 

Abortion is just like the Holocaust.

If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.

 

Rape is okay when the victim seems

“older than her chronological age.”

 

Getting an abortion after being raped

is criminal evidence tampering. 

 

Senators refuse to share a draft

for review or public comment.

We aren’t stupid, says a GOP aide.

 

Those of us with vaginas,

prior experience, much to lose,

have a different opinion.

No Reason to Laugh by Jennifer Lagier

Just in time for an investigation

of collusion with Russia,

America’s idiot-in-chief

returns to home shores

from his big-boy overseas trip.

 

While a polarized committee

issues swaths of subpoenas,

he wants to return seized embassies.

Disrespected, demoted, dismissed

intel employees line up to vent.

 

Administrative surrogates offer

outrageous excuses

which their bloated orange leader

flatly denies.

Political uproar ensues.

 

Leaks multiply.

Whistleblowers face persecution.

The GOP spins irrefutable facts.

Presidential tweets spew,

contradict White House lawyers.

 

Evidence of illegal obstruction persists.

We’re in dark territory,

worse than Watergate.

Democracy teeters on the brink

of constitutional crisis.

Punishment is Love by Jennifer Lagier

I ache for the touch of your lips, dear,
But much more for the touch of your whips, dear.
You can raise welts
Like nobody else,
As we dance to the masochism tango.”

–Tom Lehrer, The Masochism Tango

 

America, each day you seduce,

promise happy-ever-after,

deliver sadistic cruelty.

Debase human decency.

Pillage the poor.

Give to the rich.

Humiliate, torture,

tell the gullible powerless

this is tough love.

 

A masochistic electorate

clings to its fictions,

gladly relinquishes control,

surrenders liberty, will.

Passively offers itself

to corrupt dominants who

overpower, abuse.

The broken beg

for brutal punishment,

unending pain.

Nothing is their fault.

They ecstatically bleed.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie(FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier/

America’s Bad Romance by Jennifer Lagier

I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it’s free” – Lady Gaga

 

Go ahead–lie.

Spin actionable treason into fresh innovation.

Deny investigative journalists access.

Disseminate fake news.

Label whistleblowers

sad, over-rated.

 

Tweet cognitive dissonance,

threats, juvenile tantrums.

Promise vague generalities.

Flatter uneducated supporters.

Persecute opponents.

 

Use the Presidency

to enable nepotism,

even scores,

line the pockets

of your billionaire friends.

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Given Over to the Pettiest Rancor by Jennifer Lagier

At night, paranoid Donald

snorts cocaine,

grows agitated,

imagines humiliating

then snuffing detractors,

blots out insecurity

with juvenile tweets.

 

He possesses a two-year-old’s

unfiltered hair trigger temper.

Could easily start

World War III

because of personal insult,

bloated self-importance,

uncontained ego.

 

We are hostages

unwillingly trapped

inside a pirated

ship of state,

rudderless,

engines blown,

at the tipping point

to slip under water.

 

Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

Deal with the Devil by Jennifer Lagier

“To say it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs.” – David Brooks

 

Faustian GOP legislators
support white nationalism,
sell what remains of their souls
to maintain a death-grip on power.

When conventional law doesn’t permit
unconstitutional executive orders
or appointment of unvetted incompetents,
they change rules in their favor.

A small clique of bigoted
bloggers and tweeters
embargo communication
with actual doers.

Power intoxicates,
encourages opportunistic amateurs
to deliver cruel payback,
pull life and death levers.

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Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

Siege by Jennifer Lagier

Unrestrained vaginas

are the new enemy.

President Batshit Cheeto

declares war on women.

Dedicates himself to

future wife fetuses

and grabbing pussy.

He cannot abide the thought

of an unregulated uterus.

Despises feminist empowerment

or sexual freedom.

Prefers golden shower orgies

with call girls

to unfettered females.

Tastes Bitter by Jennifer Lagier

The newly-anointed Cheeto-in-chief

surrounds himself with authoritarian white men,

signs draconian orders—

issues a global gag rule,

complete roll-back of environmental protections,

disconnects the public comments switchboard,

scrubs White House website.

 

On Day Two,

he claims millions voted illegally,

short-lists potential Supreme Court justices,

rabid conservatives favoring curtailment

of first amendment rights, civil liberties,

unreasonable searches and seizures.

He green lights controversial pipelines,

bans federal agencies from social media,

insists on a total news blackout.

 

California’s Governor calls out Trump’s universe of non-facts.

Constitutional experts document President Pussy Grabber’s

violation of the emoluments clause, file a lawsuit.

The rest of us bombard legislators with demands,

vow not to take this shit lying down

like good little Germans.

 

 

Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :