The Ramingo’s Porch – “I Love Carrie Lam” And Other Poems by Ethan Goffman


I Love Carrie Lam

Middle management is the hardest,
caught between China and the swollen Hong Kong mobs
forced to quash
the people she loves

Like any mother she must protect her children
even if she has to
smother them

Carrie Lam, poor misunderstood soul
is only following orders.
It takes a little force to maintain
the sixth best economy on the planet

She weeps inside
at the sacrifice

Without her
her people would suffer even more

Under the shadow
of Tiananmen

Carrie Lam
that traitor
enemy of humanity

In a photo
she stares mildly at the camera
gazing directly
at me
serene and stern
a faint smile
like a mother
like Mona Lisa

“Feeling the Misery of Biting Fleas?” — advertisement

I do feel their misery
the poor biting fleas
their lives are so short
and lacking in meaning.

I wonder if biting fleas undergo existential crises.
I doubt it.
They are not bright enough.

I will feel their existential crises
for them.

At least briefly
and in very small way.


Ethan Goffman’s poems have appeared in Ariel Chart, BlazeVox, Burgeon, The Loch Raven Review, Mad Swirl, Madness Muse, Ramingo’s Blog, and Setu.  His first volume of poetry, Out of Touch on a Crazy, Dying Planet, is due in 2020 from Kelsay Books.  Ethan is co-founder of It Takes a Community, a Montgomery College initiative that brings poetry to students and local residents.  In addition, Ethan is founder and producer of the Poetry & Planet podcast on

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