A Poem for Art Wittich

A POEM FOR ART WITTICH

I wish I was a man like Art
to whom rules do not apply
I would walk up to his person
and punch him right in the eye

ASSAULT! I’m sure he would say
my reply: no, I am like you
perched high above man’s law
and there is nothing you can do

then, if he tried to get up
I would kick him hard in the ribs
you do this metaphorically, I’d say
to poor men, women and kids

but alas, I am not like Art
and would quickly end up in jail
with the infirm and mentally ill
who cannot afford their bail

—William Skink


  1. Turner

    I like most of your poems. This one is beneath you.

    • lizard19

      I don’t often get feedback on the poems, so I’d be interested in why you think that.

  2. Turner

    As much as I dislike Wittich, I don’t think it’s a good thing to imagine violence against him. A better poem would dispatch him nonviolently.

    • lizard19

      thanks for the feedback. one of my frustrations is these policies can be interpreted as acts of violence against the people who are already suffering, but the sanitized language that is used occludes that violence. the description in the poem of overt acts of violence is meant to contrast the sanitizing effect of how the class war is discussed in Helena.

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