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The burning boy
knows no time
like the present

and so
he stands before his crowd
arms raised like Mussolini

or like a small orphan
reaching
for something he cannot see

A boy with such huge innocence
protected by a Great Wall
built of sufferance

A petulant demi-gog
sort of boy
with a hubris
of gasoline soaked straw
wrapped in chicken wire

a master boy
of blame
callowness
arrogance and whatever
else he can add
to the American
stain

and so
he stands before his crowd
arms raised like Mussolini

Appropriating hope
and dreams of the indignant
far too many

promising to be their
Great White Houdini

who will project
their unified voice
of treason

But everybody knows
these wicker boy types
are false kindergods
and full of hyper-hype
intended to be knocked or
burned down

and so
he stands before his crowd
arms raised like Mussolini

and knows

He is on fire.

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