Going for Broke

The Fourth of July 2019
in Washington, DC
with tanks clunking
down the street
and planes buzzing,
and the joint chiefs
looking chagrined,
the wannabe dictator
dreams he is a tall
bushy-headed Russian
dictator or a tall, bushy-
headed North Korean
dictator and then he
stands and congratulates
himself on the “parade
to end all parades,” and
everyone hopes he is
just being hyperbolic.
He smiles and cocks
his head from side to
side like a five-year-old
pleased with himself for
having assembled his
plastic tanks and planes
and toy soldiers for the
“grandest parade ever,”
while his father stands
over him asking his wife,
“When will the kid be
ready for Monopoly?”

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