America’s Body Politic
is sick,
congested with congressional obstruction,
jaundiced with racist bile,
bloated with too many guns,
feverish with fears of Syrian children.
Various poisons are erupting into
pus-filled open wounds.

America’s Body Politic
requires a medicinal leech,
with hungry mouth
big enough to suck up the pus,
to pull the bile,
to coax all poisons to the surface
so they can be sweated away.

We need a leech
to gorge on the bad in America’s blood,
making himself ten times his normal size,

for a few months,
until the fever breaks.