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The Golden Calf

As the pendulum swings
to the far right,
the war on words escalates.
The first amendment goes on trial,
gives rise to the golden calf.
Money and machinations feed the calf,
manipulate the masses
to see with hollowed eyes,
chant his gilded creed.
His promise for rose gardens
pierce the fruited plain with thorns.
From sea to shining sea,
flags bleed at half-mast,
as spacious skies over schoolyards
turn blood orange.
Tattered feathers of an eagle
float in poisoned water,
as the earth burns
the amber waves of grain,
and the purple mountains,
once majestic,
fall like alabaster towers.

  Patricia Carragon