The Firm

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know…”
— The Beatles

Well, Ms. Meghan Markle,
our modern-day cable TV’s
Shakespeare-sonneteering
Oprah Winfrey franchised
dark lady Duchess of Sussex,
plus her Di-derived pallid Prince Harry,
of what she calls The Institution*;
are arguably slow-rolling
dear Queen Lizzy of Windsor

[whose moniker’s chosen from name
books by those sorta hairy paranormals
post upmarket-tested regards enhancement
of their bloodline’s cred as high-priced
Royals spread to which brand voting
ma$$e$ would likely remain loyal]
out tarnished palace door after
monarch ran Buckingham crystal
chalices almost seventy years

all because H.R.H.’s public
no longer wanna be finessed
to finance racist reality telly shit
no less ignoble issue Duke of York/
Prince Andrew of Jeffrey Epstein
infamy, but folks are not quite ready
to boot the whole damn seedy lot,
so maybe M and H will toss resta
relatives off the da island to die for.

About the Poem

Addressing systemic racism through this week’s British lens

About the Author

Gerard Sarnat won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for handfuls of 2021 and previous Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published including in The North Meridian Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Blue Minaret, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Northampton Review, New Haven Poetry Institute, Newark Public Library, Texas Review, Vonnegut Journal, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, Monterey Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, New York Times, London Reader and Review Berlin as well as by Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn, Chicago, and Columbia presses. He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently, he is devoting energy/ resources to protect democracy plus deal with climate justice and serves on Climate Action Now’s board. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons and is looking forward to future granddaughters.

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