Up by the White House's business face
Pennsylvania's closed off well past Madison Place,
And almost encircling Lafayette's square
They've implanted a border of federal poles there.
By the broad, flat expanse of the avenue
Policemen are standing with nothing to do
But glare at the tourists here hoping to see
Some tokens of our nation's majesty.
And though all the structures are sturdy and solid,
The message projected is shabby and squalid.
The symbols of historic bravery here
Have been overwhelmed by the symbols of fear.
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