Christopher Franke
Christopher Franke outside Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery on 12 July 2008
[photo by Jesus Crisis]


Boo “K”

I’m not in favor
of draping oneself
with the flag, nor wearing
religion like a
pair of angel’s wings. . .

when politicians
crow what the corps would
have them harp, while greed winks
in denial; but
see what is denied.

The machinations
of some status quo
is change‘s clog.  The untried
is yet on trial
though tried & proven.

The tried is called what
it’s not; the proven
is denied.  The wonted
habit of some mind,
would-be saboteur.

Is not the right’s right
a double posit-
tiff?  & if two nega-
tiffs make a posit-
tiff, doesn’t right’s right

make for wrong?  & as
for folks with ‘bare’ arms,
let the militia have!
But this flower is
my only bullet.



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Poem by Christopher Franke — reproduced here with the author’s permission

For a video of Chris Franke’s featured reading during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour in August 2008, visit
http://crisisblog.crisischronicles.com/2008/09/15/deep-cleveland-poetry-15-august-2008-with-christopher-franke.aspx

Cleveland’s Christopher Franke is founder of Deciduous Press and author of collections including (but not limited to) Paren’s Thesis, frankeana/miscellangy, Routines, and =5

For more Franke poetry see the
Cleveland Poetry Archive, ArtCrimes, The City Poetry 5, and