INMATE POEMS

Visions of America, by Mark Hooker

Look at that! What?
did you see the gun that man had
there’s terror here at home
but they took the war to Baghdad
and another thing
I think the president is real sad
he’s out here giving orders
with them kids behind those sandbags
people dying as we speak
the dead are I.D’d by some dogtag
I wouldn’t trade my family
for some version of their damn flag
you remember how they do it
when they fold the flag up real neat
hand it to you, blow their horns
and play that tune from t.v.
real life I’d rather watch it
from the comfort of my loveseat
watch them kill each other
without movement of my damn feet
they got money for war
but they don’t have enough for healthcare
the deficit was on the rise
but lowered with those phony threat scares
people buying bottled water
rolls of duct tape, lots of plastic
you probably couldn’t buy a hammer
cause the hardware stores hard traffic
and then they’re flying planes
that can’t make it to their next stop
there’s no survivors found
but they always find that black box
corporate scandal getting deep
everybody’s trading bad stock
men taking Viagra
and these women getting Botox
and then the newest problem
there’s too many overweight kids
kids are blaming Little Debbie
cause those cakes have made their waist big
everyday another issue
who’s your enemy and who’s your friend
I feel just like the french
fuck the war and fuck americans
I’m not patriotic
cause they founded this on lots of lies
created legal systems
with the black race heavy on their minds
but that’s another issue
that I’ll take up at another time
I’m not patriotic
cause the wars they fight aint none of mine.

Mark Hooker
DOC #426-689

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