Dick Cheney's New Heart Speaks
A roadside bomb is planted in every chest
I was a pea sized fist in the dirt of a man
who had half your brains
but he was good
The heart does not relinquish its domain
Your blood confesses to every crime
Don't expect me to be patient with you
Your DNA has struck a compromise
with the purgatory of souls
Your fingerprints engraved with
names of the dead
Have a seat Mr. Cheney while
reads its final testimony
Used by permission.
Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press first book prize (May 2013) and Rope As Witness (Pudding House Press, 2007). Her honors and awards include a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Winter Fellowship, and writing fellowships from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Ohio Arts Council, as well as a residency at Blue Mountain Center.
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