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ignus fatuus (The Corpse Candle)

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ignus fatuus
(The Corpse Candle)


Hope
is the phosphorescent light
seen moving over the grave
of America at night

caused by
the combustion of gasses
arising from the corpse,
the rotting organic matter

that once upon a time
was called the American Dream,

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in fact,
a stench-covering smokescreen
to occlude the imperious motives
of a self-anointed Manifest Destiny

paraded
as freedom and democracy
(as long as you do it our way)
to enrich a predatory "aristocracy"

which plunders and rapes the planet
since true democracy is actually anathema
to the craven, crony capitalists
using the foul light of the macabre corpse candle
to enable them in their damnable, gluttonous feed.

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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