Taking Dictation I’m Berlusconi minus the pomade, Putin’s twenty bottles of vodka and birthday mash note. You’re one of my five real friends. Just as a poet always writes for other poets,
an authoritarian is only authentic with their own kind. “Expropriate that!” I shout like Chavez as I walk the streets checking for my portrait in every government office.
I’m Bokassa sans crocodiles, a Mobutu who lacks branding: The all-powerful warrior who because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest,
leaving fire in his wake. Last night, I dreamed I woke up to tiny dusty footprints marching across my bedroom floor: hard-soled shoes with pointy toes. Auguring? I’m not sure.
I’m Ceaușescu without the scepter or bronze yak from Mao, running a police state the size of Candyland. Being feared is often confused with being loved. If only I could dictatethat.
Make me magnetic, let me thrill to being groped, grabbed from an oversized suit pocket, stripped of my envelope, pawed for all to see. Pull comes with push, you say? I’ll take that. I’m Kim Jong-un’s letter with nothing but memories on my back. Even in exile, I’m a star. I can do anything. Watch me burn down this gulag they call archives. Hot blue, red giant, white dwarf.