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North Korean Traffic Cop & Democracy
by Kirby Olson (May 2018)


 
The North Korean Traffic Cop
 
In the first snowfall of the year
The police officer directs nonexistent traffic,
She recites Corinthians 13:8 as
She pulls over clichés,
Stops loose qualifiers,
Halts speeding verbs.
 
Her pants permanently pressed,
Her hat on straight,
She stomps out evil axioms.
Her shoes shine with the red stars of Communism.
 
 
 
 
 
Democracy
 
The village stuffed their most beautiful woman into a barrel with spikes inside. The ugly people rolled the barrel down a steep hill.
 
She died as the crowd chanted: “Equality!”
 
The incompetent people then grabbed the most competent person, a man with orange flaming hair who ran a hundred businesses and said, “You have the right to remain silent.”
 
They rolled him down the hill.
 
“Equality!” They tweeted.
 
“Equality!  Equality!” He retweeted. Their fury mounted as he mocked them.
 
Fortitude, virtue, curiosity, foresight, equanimity, insight, temperance, prudence, inventiveness, charisma, were next, in a long line of resentments. After some time, the People switched to a long line of guillotines, as the newspapers and televisions invented new charges and new resentments and the people screamed for equality. Heads rolled! Democracy required vigilance, the People said, lest some think they were better than others. Democracy means that quality must be destroyed in the name of equality, they cried. That’s how it was in Athens. May it continue in Washington, D.C.



 

 


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Kirby Olson is a tenured English professor at SUNY-Delhi in the western Catskills. His books include a novel (Temping), about an English professor who starts a circus in Finland; a book of poems entitled Christmas at Rockefeller Center; and several books of literary criticism about ludic surrealists. He is currently working on a memoir of his time spent at Naropa Institute studying with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. He is a Lutheran and a member of AARP.


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