Stocking the moat with non-native snakes,
And the lawn with landmines,
Measuring hemmed drapes,
Steam-cleaning crested rugs,
And fresh-painting crackled walls.
Fortifiving president’s palace:
Gilding mildewed whitewash,
And fertilizing roses.
Hapless, restless, unprecedented,
Feckless, gutting to gut:
Cabinets laid bare,
Silver spoons’ shines restored:
And setting out fresh linens.
Advisors to yes-men,
Manhandlers to tweet-creepers,
Weaving new clothes
On fabled, foreign-owned looms.
Ideals to designs,
Direction to productions,
Draining to displacing:
Against natural clocks’ wise.
Surveyed, laid out, by namesake father,
Claimed from Potomac swamps
Abuzz with lobbyists,
Corrupted and usurped,
(Polls and surveys refuted).
With no due respect to the structure,
Load-bearing walls turned down,
Stripped to the truest studs,
Window kings hack-paned: jacked,
Hightowers turned to turrets.
Oval office squared round the edges,
Bully pulpit mounded,
Same slab, same foundation:
Interest, on frame, compounded.