The Performance Of Win Or Lose


“Politics with me isn’t theater. It’s performance art. Sometimes, for its own sake.”
-Roger Stone

Detonate bubble wrap
While a dignitary speaks,
Ensuring a recycled sound effect
To be as effective
As the dignitary’s rhetoric. Body language
Is a commercial designed to advertise
The human position-

When bowing for democracy’s woes,
That is the voter’s scrutiny. It’s okay
To contemplate the rehearsal,
How often they smiled and laughed
Like actors in a blooper reel
While explaining the emptiness
Of casualties.

This is the dignitary’s contribution
To the human condition. A proclamation
Of where to place the hand to secure
Eye contact
With a sweaty palm.

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