03.17.17
Weekly poem on Trump Presidency
 

DANA LEVIN

Winning

When you meet need,
beat it blind with a baseball bat,
beat it and beat it―
because loss means  
         (duh)
that you are a loser.

Don’t wash your face
in the bowl
of your empty hands, don’t
count the days
you’ve soaked in its pit
finger by finger.

If you lose you have to
lose more. That’s
the natural order.

You need to wear a pair
of black boots,
a tee-shirt
slashed with the word
      —WINNER—
So when you meet a loser

you can offer him
your charity. Lift your bat
above his misery

and win and win and win.

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Dana Levin's new book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press). She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.
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