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Sonnet: Unjust Desserts

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Sonnet: Unjust Desserts

by John Kendall Hawkins


Upside down Mussolini cake -- mangia!

Fascism's back in town on stark display

(if it ever really left at all -- Ja?),

hanging from a rafter, pià ata gay.

Let's beat the stuffing out of it, it, it,

until all the sadist sauce comes dripping out --

O psychosexual perversit-

y! Women pushing men folk haunches shout

of the gorgeous devastation ahead,

and children with dog-eared Mockingbird books

prepare the noose with Cub Scout knots. All fed,

they sink in their teeth and barbary hooks.

Did I wake from a nightmare to find peace,

or, wake up to a maelstrom of disease?

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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