They’re struttin’ in the media,
A swagger to their hips,
Totin’ power like marshall law,
Twistin’ lies and lips.
They’re chewin’ gum imagin’ry,
Pretendin’ to be cool,
Wouldn’t hold a candle to
Most kids we’ve met in school.
Except, p’rhaps, like teenagers,
They’re mostly bluff and bumph,
I’ve sympathy for evolvin’ youth
But the others get my humph.
Agreements tacit – purposed point –
Parties merge for aim,
Shoot the outlaws, hang ’em high,
Scupper cowboy game.
I’d rather be the native
Or the bountied head – no liar –
Than opportune for photo pose
Captioned, ‘Guns for Hire’.
No slickness here, no brylcremed wave,
No texture to their smooth,
Slippy, slidy, greasy-poled,
Slinkng, cannot prove
A single point, so just pretend,
Repeat prophetic rote,
Fingers crossed behind their backs,
Prepare the new scapegoat.
Run it into wilderness
To carry off their sins,
Load it high with guilt complex.
We’d better bloody win!