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Watering the Lawns of Congress

As temperatures soar to triple digits,
the Capitol grounds crew unleash fountains
of water that arc over lush grass; it mists

above the sod as lawmakers haggle over
a looming government default: pressure-
cooker politics while we the public teeter
on the brink of losing Social Security.

Water mists as the sun rises
above the Capitol dome,
creates a rainbow.

Christopher T. George


Earlier version--

Watering the Lawns of Congress

As temperatures soar to triple digits,
the Capitol groundstaff unleash fountains
of water on the lush grass; it mists

above the sod as lawmakers haggle over
the looming government default: pressure-
cooker politics while we the public teeter
on the brink of no Social Security,
prepare to join the breadline.

Water mists as the sun rises
above the Capitol dome,
creates a rainbow.

Christopher T. George