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Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Bird With Two Right Wings

And now our government
a bird with two right wings
flies on from zone to zone
while we go on having our little fun & games
at each election
as if it really mattered who the pilot is
of Air Force One
(They're interchangeable, stupid!)
While this bird with two right wings
flies right on with its corporate flight crew
And this year its the Great Movie Cowboy in the cockpit
And next year its the great Bush pilot
And now its the Chameleon Kid
and he keeps changing the logo on his captains cap
and now its a donkey and now an elephant
and now some kind of donkephant
And now we recognize two of the crew
who took out a contract on America
and one is a certain gringo wretch
who's busy monkeywrenching
crucial parts of the engine
and its life-support systems
and they got a big fat hose
to siphon off the fuel to privatized tanks
And all the while we just sit there
in the passenger seats
without parachutes
listening to all the news that's fit to air
over the one-way PA system
about how the contract on America
is really good for us etcetera
As all the while the plane lumbers on
into its postmodern
manifest destiny

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Poet: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poem: Bird With Two Right Wings
Poem of the Day: Mar 18 2014

Comment 5 of 5, added on May 9th, 2011 at 11:26 AM.

Nonsense.

Demosthenes from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on March 10th, 2010 at 6:01 PM.
Comenting on a poem

This poem depicts the post modern poetry period.
"Bird With Two Right Wing" has a certain message which is the criticism to the American system a very ironic,sarcastic way.

Isaf Zakaria from Morocco
Comment 3 of 5, added on April 9th, 2009 at 12:20 AM.

I had to do an essay on this poem and i thought it was pretty interesting to hear about all the things that are going on in america right now

Imogen connell from Australia

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