New Comrade

May 15, 2002

Astonishing! I am become
a communist, a leftie, a red
-ragger, revolutionary

surely not! Che, that handsome
hero on the wall is one of
those — not me?
Yet I want a socialism

that's fun
a green one
with no national flag. No more

false grim images
of worshipped dead

For I've seen
pictures of Karl Marx live
with a twinkle in his eye.

Trotsky on film feeding pet
rabbits. And what was, I wonder
the name
of Vlad Lenin's little cat?


From Green Left Weekly, May 15, 2002.
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