A few enterprising folks from AIPAC
found the spot where the original manger
Jesus was born in stood
they raised $1.1 billion in capital and
built a Trump Hotel on top of it.
The neon sign on the 50th floor flashes
The capitalists ride the elevator
to the penthouse suites
drink out the minibar
and fuck under the air-conditioning vents
where Mossad cameras record their humping.
Ammo for future manipulations
We were never meant to be an empire.
America too idiosyncratic
the 50 little fiefdoms
writhing in freedoms measured out
from brittle-bones holding antique cups
enshrining the Constitution as God-given
like a new gospel written by Christ Himself.
We cant handle a world that’s only meant to
consume us, consume our products
consume our heavens and our hells
you can taste America, but you’ll never be it.
We stole Roman republicanism but didn’t have
the balls to Pax Romana the globe
slap extra stars on that field of blue
spreading citizenship to far-eastern back alleys
holding out passports to the chicken-scratched
“Made in the USA” labels of 7 billion
black, brown, red, and yellow
fellow citizens of planet Earth.