Tears of a Clown

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Ivanka Trump says she's seen "the pain" in her father's eyes when he hears about COVID deaths - Axios; August 28, 2020

2020 is an empty funeral

a marathon service

of missing bodies

were it not for updates

quantifying the tally of

countrymen turned corpses

there would not be enough

witnesses crying over

vacant vessels to verify


The American president grimaces

over dead bodies

he is obsessed

with numbers and

confused about how

all the labor

gets done if

the graveyard shift

has terminated the workforce

his eyes sweat at the

sight of stock falling

he mourns the lost

of field hands

and winces in agony

at the idea of American grit

not mighty enough

to power an economy

through a pandemic


he dries his eyes

rinses the blood

off his hands

decries everyone else



gets back to work.