Tender love
from up above
it’s so easy
it leaves one queasy

Tender love
unique is it
to the African shore
or is there more
(who trumps us)

(new car caviar
four star daydream
some old troopers sang
from another continent)

Tender love
fits like a glove
with the new elite
(whom you’ve heard say
“It is our time to eat”)

no experience needed
no protocols heeded
just a compliant friend
at the official end
(it’s a special project)

Tender love
the new normal
in a time of crisis
women and children
bear the brunt
(still GBV rules)

Tender love
a health pandemic
more than doubled
in a world troubled
and in so much trouble