Ms Pantsuit by Leah Mueller

Ms Pantsuit


This is your
formal invitation
to please fuck off
at your earliest
On second thought,
take as much time
as you need:
leaving should be
a slow process,
fraught with the same pain
you inflict upon others.
Your face is already
stretched in agony
like bedclothes
across a torn mattress,
expensive sheets
with a high thread count
that barely conceal
the chaos underneath.

You stand inside
my twelve-inch screen
while people wave signs
in your face
demanding justice,
as if they actually think
you could hear them.
They try to convince you
to enter their homes,
work beside them
at the cash register,
see how they have to live.
Your eardrums are tuned
to Goldman-Sachs
and Halliburton.
They sing a melody
only you can hear,
a sweet song
that grows louder
with each passing million.

I know I’ll hear
your voice for several
more years, and I wonder
is this really the best
we’re able to do?
Bring Bill and Hillary
back into the White House,
recapture the illusion
of an opulent future
at our children’s expense?
The nineties are gone,
they pulled up
their tent stakes
and left town as soon
as the carnival was over.

The Narcotic Clinton Potion
was an opium nightmare
in a brightly labeled bottle
and some of us drank
an entire case-
but we’re finally waking up
on the left side of the bed
after a hundred
years of slumber,
and you can’t put us
back to sleep.


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Leah Mueller is an independent writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of one chapbook, “Queen of Dorksville” (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and two full-length books, “Allergic to Everything” (Writing Knights Press, 2015) and “The Underside of the Snake” (Red Ferret Press, 2015). Leah was a winner in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers. Her work has been published in Blunderbuss, 2 Leaf Press, On the Verge, Origins Journal, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Semaphore, Yellow Chair Review, Cultured Vultures, and many other publications. She is a regular contributor to Quail Bell magazine, and was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival.


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