Seeing as how we are in the midst of political conventions and on the cusp of making important voting decisions, I thought this might be a good time to send out a poem I wrote on the occasion of George Bush’s inauguration, the beginning of an administration that led us into Iraq, among other places. I got the information about the gifts bestowed on important guests from the newspaper. I hope the poem will help readers to understand how crucial this year’s vote will be to all of us.
I took the underlined sections of this “found poem” from a recent “sporting goods” advertisement in our local newspaper. The rest of the words are mine. In the Big 5 Sporting Goods ads, the items change a little from week to week, but not much.
I propose that the discussion about the recent violence in the United States might include how casually we use the tools and language of violence in our culture and how making money plays a big part.
America at Play (from a Big 5 Sporting Goods ad)
Winchester .45 pistol ammo, one hundred rounds,
for forty-nine, ninety-nine! For your cutting needs a
Stiff Kiss Semi or Non-Serrated Knife! For the kids
the Silent Cat Pellet Air Rifle or the Bullet Speed-Skates.
On sale, American Eagle 9mm Luger Ammo,
one hundred rounds for twenty-nine, ninety-nine!
And from The Marines, the Few, the Proud,
a Tactical Folding Knife! For you militia fans
we feature the Barricade Tactical Backpack,
the Smith & Wesson Commando Watch,
the XLA Shooting Bipod, and we’ve got
the best price on the Stealth Cam p18 Scouting Camera!
You hunters will enjoy a 12-gauge pistol-grip pump shotgun!
To make sure you get that trophy we offer
the Exacta 12-GA double-ought buckshot shells, box of ten,
that you can use in your new
The Marines, the Few, the Proud Tactical Pump Shotgun —