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The Amazon or Amazon

The Amazon or Amazon

The Amazon or Amazon
Sea ice or ICE
This is how we get to sleep
Some nights
Thinking of a bathtub full
of vodka
Thinking of a bathtub full
of jam
Bathtubs filled with scram-
bled eggs
Or ketchup, said the president
Is all kids need to eat
And spread it on his meat
The president — whose mouth
Is but an anus
Whose tongue is but a turd
That tumbles from his lips each day
And each day they’re surprised
By this
It’s absurd
People don’t believe that
All these murderers are murderers
Despite what they read
Every day in the papers
With their bathtubs full of coffee
And their bathtubs full of juice
Their tabletops of buttered toast
Their pamplemousse
And Zeus says:

It’s the Amazon or Amazon

This planet isn’t big enough for both

It’s sea ice or ICE — pars pro toto

 

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Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber

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