Kenneth Pobo, Extreme Makeovers


In the early 70s I put
my hand in the hand of hippy
Jesus who minced about
in flowers, a heavenly Donovan
with sad-puppy eyes.

The 80s Jesus farted
discreetly, bought a good suit,
worked for a company, carried
a briefcase, and said money
made his daddy happy.

The 90s Jesus reviled the poor,
fumed about gays
and lurid TV. Skip to today,

Jesus says his FATHER
is a Republican, and if you don’t
like that, get fucked,
you won’t enter our kingdom,
we’ll see to that. I miss

my silly hippy’s lemon
meringue backbone, love
not an attack dog to him,
and when he held my hand
he meant it.

Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.

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