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Oath of Office in Concert with a Life

Karren Alenier

I, Karren LaLonde Alenier, do solemnly swear

            I Karren newly named Alenier, having married

my high school prom date


that I will support

            our plan was I would support

my spouse while he got his MBA


and defend

            that I would defend this plan which also allowed me

time and money to get a graduate degree


the Constitution of the United States

            we were 22 united in our state of affairs

the US Constitution was furniture of our schooling


against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

            of course I would serve my country against enemies

better this then let my husband go to Vietnam


that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

            without democracy how would I be free to write poetry

            my mother-in-law said government work now, pension later


that I take this obligation freely,

            with this ring I thee wed the rabbi asked

if we believed in G-d  maybe we said


without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

            good enough the rabbi answered so we married

certain our fingerprints were joined


and that I will well and faithfully

            fingers forever in the government database but we

husband and wife not so faithfully booked


discharge the duties of the office

            yes there was a child he was meant to be

the lineage was right


on which I am about to enter.

            my creative education ability to learn to think

I gave birth to a new self


So help me God.

            always an undercover poet my constitution

the people's constitution intact


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Scene4 Magazine — Karren Alenier

Karren Alenier is a poet and writer. She writes a monthly column and is a Senior Writer for Scene4. She is the author of The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas. Read her blog.
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