here are a few apt lines from Margaret Atwood. This poem was actually written more than 30 years ago. Some things never change, huh?
Backdrop addresses cowboy
by Margaret Atwood
sauntering out of the almost-
silly West, on your face
a porcelain grin,
tugging a papier-mâché cactus
on wheels behind you with a string,
you are innocent as a bathtub
full of bullets.
Your righteous eyes, your laconic
people the streets with villains:
as you move, the air in front of you
blossoms with targets
and you leave behind you a heroic
trail of desolation:
slaughtered by the side
of the road, bird-
skulls bleaching in the sunset. (more)
From Selected Poems 1965-1975. Text from Poetry Foundation.