Casting Obama
by Ibrahim Ibn Salma

They contrive an upheaval
of a non-existing character—
for character assassination.

They create a bobble-head that
looks like him
on an empty chair.

They publish his alien
birth place that
never was.

They call him a crooked socialist who
saves banks and Wall Street,
a job killer who rescues GM,
a terrorist sympathizer who kills Osama.

They knot him, stitch him,
loop him, bounce him
on a trampoline

They shape him as
an actor in their private movie,
authenticating their own aspersions.

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