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New Arena

We’ll run our venue as a public forum
Where speakers should observe decorum.
The demagogue—who lashes, panders, smears
For victory and coffer-filling cheers—
Can’t fabricate support, won’t find a quorum
Of cronies. Handshakes start each round, not spears
Of stares. While chairs are cushioned here, we probe,
Prod, challenge, not afraid to whirl the globe.
Posted 05/30/16
from Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke (Rose Alley Press, 2008)
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