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Saturday, September 12, 2009


by Bill Costley

A weary, stony Abe Lincoln slumps
reading a newspaper, slowly speaking
over his shoulder to the statue of Liberty:

Abe: “Libby, will you wash those boys’
mouths out with some American soap?”

Fatboys in shorts crowd around her,
spewing some truly deranged slogans:

“Don’t listen to Father Abe!"
"Obama is a Communist!"
"Obama is Hitler!”
“Gov’mint wants to kill the old.”
“Abortion leads to euthanasia.”

Liberty quickly fills a large tin-tub
with boiling water & foaming pink
liquid soap. Raving Fatboys scatter.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union.