American Guy

by Ryan Nardi

Ugly, smug arrogance,
a freckle under his nose
or his eye,
American Guy,
bronze with the sun
from the skies where
plantations hated.

He doesn't know he's pastoral,
thinks its a church
or a sty;
ape in a blue denim suit,
he shoots fruits
if they jive,
proves that he's true
to the lie.

Youth hates him with ease
for wrong reasons,
but long men with laurel hats
loathe and lament
the same fleas.

Well drillers walk on eight legs
and labor lackluster deeds.


Author's Note: written while watching a trivia show.

Posted on 04/04/2008
Copyright © 2024 Ryan Nardi

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/22/08 at 12:54 PM

A rather unflattering picture of an American Guy. Sure it fits some. But I'd like to think there are much more flattering ones and that they are in the majority! (The picture fits some guys in all cultures unfortunately.)

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