who prosecutes more people
for espionage than all other
American presidents combined,
wearing your expedient reticence
like another college degree,
something you learn, like torts,
on the way to the top of the class.
You cannot blame the opposition
for your repression of whistleblowers,
your pervasive spying on us,
your murder by drone of Americans.
Even the ruthless Kennedys
ate their sorrows and quoted Aeschylus
to turn the raven on the shoulder
into the eagle of grounded hope.
When will you eat your sorrows
and become a man for our season?
An absent father does not excuse
an endless stay in the shade
of the enemy within.