by Joan Dobbie

Because it’s an election year
like none other I remember

I have to stick to politics
for the holidays

Because we have at last
a president who carries

at least in part
real African blood

as if we didn’t all
(first mother found)

we have at last
a president who should at least

by rights be less than blinded
to the poor

& so this special
solstice season, I wish you

sweets, organic food and $cash$
enough each month so that for sure

next year you’ll get to pay
$ $ $ thousands $ $ $ extra in taxes

--as for the rest of us--

at least we’ll get to eat good food
& see a movie now & then

& so this year lets
greet the season high on hope

& let our hidden dreads fly free--
in honor of the circumstances