My shoes are almost dead
And as I wait at the doors of ice
I hear the cry go up for him Caesar Caesar
But when I look out the window I see only the flatlands
And the slow vanishing of the windmills
The centuries draining the deep fields
Yet this is still my country
The thug on duty says What would you change
He looks at his watch he lifts
Emptiness out of the vases
And holds it up to examine
So it is evening
With the rain starting to fall forever
One by one he calls night out of the teeth
And at last I take up
My duty
Wheeling the president past banks of flowers
Past the feet of empty stairs
Hoping he’s dead