There’s lots of riots in the street or so I’ve heard from someone’s tweet; they’re pulling out all of the stops, those young people who fight the cops; I see the photos in the news, the broken windows to peruse; the videos by the headlines show angry mobs with protest signs. It’s been some years now, hating Trump— the media’s enjoyed a bump; all of the pundits calling for some social justice, we adore; it’s cool to be the Fourth Estate— like in the days of Watergate; these presidents that we despise are really good for the franchise. Now, first we set some cars aflame and call the pigs a nasty name; we’ve brought our very own tear gas to castigate the middle class; the hippies start off holding hands and activists make their demands; next thing you know, a brick is thrown and soon downtown is a war zone. Right now, racism is the cause, especially cops and bad laws; sometimes, it’s the environment that triggers the whole mass dissent; but, luckily, for everyone we’ll soon be voting Joe Biden; and then all street protesting stops and news will say to love the cops. Wortley Clutterbuck is the author of Wortley Clutterbuck’s Practical Guide to Deplorable Personages and the operetta Scuttlebutt. Recent work rejected by Granta, Paris Review, VQR and other established organs of the aristocracy. Ever since free verse originated with Parisian fops in the Belle Époque, it’s been the hereditary voice of entitled erudition. “Rhyming poetry evinces such low breeding.” Hey, intelligentsia, would you care to say as much about the hip-hop lyrics you also don’t publish? More scuttlebutt at http://wortleyclutterbuck.blogspot.com.