America

The arrogant dogs drink black tea while they
gnaw on cattle legs, reciting bad poetry
as the unfed cats, refined and regal
sit politely and sip
leftover blood from plastic wine glasses,
sunbathing in nothing
but their fur.

The horses continue to dance,
ballerinas in unkept pastures.
all the while
roadkills and strays beg for
just a bit more than
broken bones.

Written as a fairytale,
This is
War.