Campaign Promise
by Mark Halliday

Under my Administration
(in which each Cabinet member will have many, many long legal pads)

if you were standing frozen in sweated confusion
at the Personal Furnishings rack
in a giant department store five days before Christmas
wearing a woolly jacket that belonged to someone long gone
and trying not to seem dangerous
under silver and scarlet decorations with no conception
of adequate reply to tremendous departures

you'd be a notable American event.


See also:

  • The book Jab by Mark Halliday.
  • Our catalog of poetry titles.