American Sonnet 12

One magic bullet in the brain
parts the sea and snaps the intestine.
Have you ever seen the rain
charm the cold dead hands of Charlton Heston?

Holy Moses has left the Weston.
We all need something to invest in.
Make America grateful for once.
You damn dirty cocks and cunts!

Can’t breathe with all this oxygen
waking me up from my dreams!
Ms. Liberty half-buried in screams.
Who died and made you Puritan?

Hail Mary, full of apes. Some origin.
The trend justifies the memes.

John Martino is an avid traveler currently residing in San Francisco with his partner, Xiuli. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in What Rough Beast, Rat’s Ass Review, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, HEArt Online, Connotation Press, and the anthology Envy: 7 Deadly Sins Vol. 6 from Pure Slush Books.

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