The Big Orange Blonde
interrupts the nation’s
designated cartoon hour
to announce other countries
don’t pay their debts.

Never mentions
his stacks of unpaid
outstanding bills
to US contractors
for a wall he now ignores.

On to the next list
of projects needed
to divert monies
for the monument of the
Big Orange Blonde

which will displace
the Statue of Liberty.
He applauds himself,
taking credit for “Best”
unemployment numbers ever!

He takes credit for everthing.
The best ventillators.
The ever growing lists
of “big” unnamed powerful
governments that applaud him.

Notes that anyone who differs
is designated a “show boater.”
He should know. He has
appointed himself
as the captain of the ship

who will watch the crew
and passengers sink
in badly made life boats
and then call to the sharks
to devour the evidence.

Followed by a dramatic twist,
that special moment when he stops
to announce that the ventilators
have been redesigned
to suck the air out of those
remaining in the room.

The Big Orange Blonde
reveals his eventual goal,
to break the spirit of a country,
replace it with his version
of life, liberty and the ability to print

enough money to keep him in the spotlight.
In his world, US companies stock pile
high quality ventilators which are to be held
for ranson in exchange for the votes

that he would then cast for himself
to become President of a financially
and morally bankrupt place in which
an Empire Trumps Democracy
each and every time.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.