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To My Imitators

McCarthy said that
Plutarch said that
The Stooges-there were four

Led the first death trip-
Choose wisely.
Freedom imitates tyranny

From behind
Wisdom doesn't

Eloquent unwhite men
In a tight curl of traffic
Were forthright to inspiration.

They were to have been
Exemplary but now at least
Incredible soon to be mated.

Gangland insignia
And the sufficient image
Of the urban terrific,

Citizen warrior,
My franchise held
What is now was later rigged.

But perhaps you still believe
You could never have been
Outside it until

Sexed up with doubts
Uniterable and huffing
"Tramps!" "Thieves!" "Treats!"