Revisiting “What You Should Worry About at Night”

Revisiting “What You Should Worry About at Night”

  1. Frighteningly Ignorant and/or Dishonest Words
    from a, Like, Very Stable Genius

They’re bringing drugs.
They’re bringing crime.
They’re rapists.
He’s not a war hero.
He’s a war hero because he was captured.
I like people that weren’t captured.
I know more about ISIS
than the generals do.
Believe me.
Now this poor guy,
you ought to see this guy.
I would bring back waterboarding,
and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse
than waterboarding.
If she gets to pick her judges,
nothing you can do, folks.
Although the Second Amendment people −
maybe there is,
I don’t know.
He’s the founder of ISIS.
He’s the founder of ISIS.
He’s the founder.
He founded ISIS.
I would say the co-founder
would be crooked Hillary Clinton.

  1. Like, Really Smart: Found Poem #5

Actually,
throughout my life,
my two greatest assets have been
mental stability and
being, like, really smart.
Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard
and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.
I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
….to President of the United States (on my first try).
I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius
….and a very stable genius at that!

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Sources:

  1. “Frighteningly Ignorant and/or Dishonest Words from a, Like, Very Stable
    Genius”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/29/us/politics/at-least-110-republican-
leaders-wont-vote-for-donald-trump-heres-when-they-reached-their-breaking-
point.html
| by Karen Yourish, Larry Buchanan and Alicia Parlapiano. Accessed August 29, 2016, January 6, 2017, February 13, 2018 and June 7, 2018.

  1. “Like, Really Smart: Found Poem #5”
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/6/16857492/trump-tweets-mental- health | by Emily Stewart. Accessed January 6, 2018 and February 13, 2018.

Copyright © 2018 by Reggie Marra. From Killing America: Our United States of Ignorance, Fear, Bigotry, Violence and Greed (forthcoming, September 2018).

Going Home

Going Home

Near Kirkuk
five soldiers watch
or work
while two wheel
the blood-soaked
gurney from the
inflated O.R. The
sergeant’s leg
amputated
and discarded, time
will tell if
he
will
be
as well.

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Acknowledgement: New York Times Magazine, “The Wounded,” by Johnny Dwyer. March 27, 2005, pp. 24+.  Photographs by Lynsey Addario/Corbis. This poem first appeared in This Open Eye: Seeing What We Do (2006).

Copyright © 2018 by Reggie Marra. From Killing America: Our United States of Ignorance, Fear, Bigotry, Violence and Greed (forthcoming, September 2018).

Ambush

Ambush

Two police officers sit in their patrol car
in Brooklyn and are shot point-blank and killed
by a man who travels from Baltimore vowing
to kill officers. The man commits suicide with
the same gun. The officers, Wenjian Liu and
Rafael Ramos are in the car near Myrtle and
Tompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant in
the shadow of a housing project when Ismaaiyl
Brinsley walks up to the passenger-side window,
assumes a firing stance and shoots several rounds
into the heads and upper bodies of the officers,
who never draw their weapons. The shooter then
flees down the street and onto the platform of a
nearby subway station, where he kills himself as
officers close in. The police recover a silver semi-
automatic handgun. Brinsley has a rap sheet of
crimes that includes robbery and carrying a
concealed gun, and is believed to have shot his
former girlfriend near Baltimore before traveling
to Brooklyn. He makes statements on social media
suggesting that he plans to kill police officers and
is angered about the Eric Garner and Michael Brown
cases. Authorities in Baltimore send a warning that he
has made these threats, but it is received at the same
time as the killings. The shootings, the chase, the
suicide and the failed bid to save the lives of the
officers turn a busy commercial intersection on the
Saturday before Christmas into a scene of pandemonium.
The city has seen some 300 killings so far this year,
a number so low as to be unheard-of two decades ago.

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Acknowledgement: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/nyregion/two-police-officers-shot-in-their-patrol-car-in-brooklyn.html# | by Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker. Accessed November 30, 2017 and February 21, 2018.

Copyright © 2018 by Reggie Marra. From Killing America: Our United States of Ignorance, Fear, Bigotry, Violence and Greed (forthcoming, September 2018).