the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




FOUR WORKS
BY CHARLES POTTS

COMET CLEANSER

In the little green can
Next to the hydrogen fireball
Scrubbing power to burn

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THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE

The second half of the war on Iraq
Suggests the American empire will
Fight colonial wars ad infinitum,
They have a half dozen going on right now,
Until they exhaust themselves.

Knowing this doesn't knock me out with happiness
But it would save protesters a lot of time
If they can agree it's the inevitable
Fate of empires
Who imagine they're immune to history
While merely being ignorant of it.

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GRILLED SATRAP

Bush apologized to Karzai
After the Senate worked him over
His Afghani warlord anointed
With oil.

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ON JANUARY 8TH THE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FINALLY KICK IN

At 5:00 AM the weight room at the YMCA
Seems crowded with fifty or more participants.

Through the holidays at this hour
There were barely ten to fifteen.

A new year and an old problem:
Get the weight off before it fills up the coffin.