IMPEACH THE ORANGE

Impeach the orange,
Drag it through the courts,
Squeeze until pips squeek,
Get all juicy bits,
Peel open in dock,
Probe segments through pith,
Take the wrung out husk,
Remove zest for life.
Comb through plantation groves,
Weed out fungal fruits,
Clean democracy,
Replant justice roots.
Check all mandarins
For cross infection,
Hope lemons and limes
Solve citric questions.
Crush the tangerines,
Ice up mint Juleps,
Brand new cocktail hour
On Capitol steps.
Slowly reawake,
Struggle up off knees,
Drink no more cool aid,
Avoid fresh DT’s.

Harry Rogers, in the Red Bedroom, 14th January 2021

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