Z-183: The Homeless Veteran's Song: "In A Democracy, Everyone..."

Author: Jamey Hecht
Book: Limousine, Midnight Blue

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Z-183
In a democracy, everyone is the President. Someday,
when I grow up, I will become a Veteran and sleep
in every street. Cold streaks of phlegm along my beard,
my breath will hurt the flies. Make Uncles Ho and Sam
apologize. I’ll roar around the corner in delirium
and drop my quart of Boone’s Farm on my foot.
My tongue will stiffen up, my gorge will rise,
my scalp will sweat and I’ll throw up. But even then
I will preside, over something: I will administer
the filth around my neck; rule my l…more

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