—appeared in the Statesman-Journal October 1, 2009
Why is it whenever I go to the fair
with a twenty-dollar bill
and lose it all at the softball toss,
it's called a "game of skill"?
Why when I pay a buck or two
to see The Human Snake
and it's just two bodies sewn together
is it called a "genuine fake"?
And why when I buy a bunch of knives
that cut a can to size
but never get them to work at home
is it called "free enterprise"?
But when I print a dollar or two
to have some fun at the fair?
I'm arrested and called a danger to others
and am taken away from there.