Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sitting with the Staff

fresh faces
pressed laces
ties firm and
shoes squirm
some high five
some barely alive
the blackberry twirls
fingers unfurl
reserved seating
youth’s smug wink
and propriety’s sink

behind enemy lines
my true nature shines
ready to bristle
at authority’s foul whistle


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A History Lesson

Today I stormed the Bastille. In glad rags and polished faces, with pressed pages of over-edited drivel, destined for the blue bin. Smart patent leather on shoes, portfolios. We came from the basements and tunnels with secret maps, knowing the codes, the jig finely-choreographed: what a crazy week, how was the campaign, let's lament our loss, begrudge the lame duck, thank you for your time, people are dying, experts know best, sign our letter, remember the Maine, freedom isn't free.

Then we soldiers retire to cafes and whisper over glistening salads about naivety in concert and dystopic futures and slaughtered ingénues. We trade power for sincerity, for science, for professional self-righteousness. And thus Bastilles never stay stormed for long.

the blood of the revolution


Friday, July 23, 2010

Hippies on the Hill

Swapping cycling stories,
Comparing CSA spoils,
Practicing professional nostalgia:
The Joys of Wooffing!
The Backpacking of Yore!

From afar we appear to blend in but
Get close and you’ll see:
The tevas in our hemp bags
Our sister’s old blazer, altered
The bike helmet clinging for dear life by its straps
The messenger bag patched with blue and green:

Ours is the highest vantage point on the Hill
From our perch we peck
At your peccadilloes
Your flaws
Your wastes
Your burdens
Connoisseurs of the austere
Sartorialists of the second-hand
We can suck the marrow out of compromise
And demand the pristine extreme.

And we’re right.
We’re always right
You know it’s true
The problem remains:
So do we.

Committee breaks and stilted talks resume:
Rocks to be climbed
Mountains to be hiked
Rivers to be paddled
Tents to be set
Cities to be abandoned
Fresh Air to be breathed
Why doesn’t everyone else understand our need to get away?
Don’t tell anyone about our special trail in West Virginia!
Too many people will spoil it!
Because mold grows where the amateurs tread.

Did you see the sale on Patagonia subzero jackets?
Did you hear it’s a Code Orange pollution day?
Did you read Van Jones’ latest?
Life’s simpler pleasures
Made complicated lifestyle choices,
Probably better than yours

Our hair kept wavy, untouched
By professional scissors
Simple pins and simple ties
What’s free is carbonless
What’s old is virtuous
The basic standards of hygiene and consumerism we must adhere to:
An inconvenient truth
I’ve had the same cell since junior year of college!
Mine is held together with duck-tape!
Well mine recharges on tofu.

We walk (nay, bike) the sinewy line
Between cheerful cynic and sardonic idealism
We lobby because we know it’s right;
No comped lunches or hearty laughs,
Just truth, justice and the Scandinavian way

If only we could all be Portland!
Onward Christian soldiers!
The Unitarian march begins!
The tragedy of the commons is the raison d'ĂȘtre,
And the comedy of the undoctrined
Fuels the endless, renewable fire,
(not factored into carbon footprints)


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Press

Little plastic badges flashed at the door,
they roll up late and get VIP seats.
Staffers stock their bags with
carefully-compiled factsheets
and releases
destined to be plagiarized in
hastily-rendered filings

The Republicans blame the media
for something
The table snickers
Democrats urge the media
to pursue something further
The table smirks

Bald white heads gleam,
strong noses and flaccid bellies
Staffers hover, wireless adaptors hum,
agile fingers dance over keyboards
(I suspect journos make good lovers:
aggressive, focused,
But I digress)

The press are the dastardly rogues
of Congressional hearings!
Given more respect then they deserve,
treated like royalty
Their painful prose,
scoured and venerated
debated and denigrated.

Strange facial hair punctuates
the table, like a confident period at
the end of a bad sentence,
Like a deadline.

by Jackie