April 1, 2017 orangeq2017

california law

sam sax


all but the second to last stanza are/were on the california law books


in california sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
it is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game
from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
women may not drive in house coats. it is illegal
to drive more than two thousand sheep down
hollywood boulevard at one time.

in los angeles you may not hunt moths under a street light.
it is illegal to cry on the witness stand. it is illegal to set metal
balloons afloat in the air.

in san francisco law prohibits elephants from strolling
down market street unless they are on a leash. it is illegal
to wipe one’s car with used underwear. persons classified
as ugly are banned from walking down the street.

it is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance.
bullets may not be used as currency
it is illegal to molest butterflies
the penalty for jumping off a building is death.
coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.

in california my friend owes over a hundred hours
of community service to a community he doesn’t live in.
prisons are big businesses. the maximum sentence for a police
officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back is two years.
the men who sleep on my steps once lived in my building. a single
hollywood film costs more money than the entire oakland unified
school district combined. long-term solitary confinement is still
regularly used as torture.

in california sunshine is guaranteed to the masses

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