Under the Trumpet regime the arts are already under attack. Rest assured the artists, and those who support them, will fight back. Never go in against a poet when poetry is on the line. (You think I could get Wallace Shawn to record that for me?)

Today’s piece is most assuredly a first draft, but here it is:


The Petty Thief-in-Chief


And there, on a 6th Ave train headed uptown
stood nine sumptuous ladies
impeccable robes & inspired accoutrements
buzzing, their subway car
the cutpurse did,
snipping handbag strings & messenger bag straps,
snatching from clutches & pinching from pouches:
and Urania’s compass comes up nipped
Melpomene’s & Thalia’s masks mooched into the mass in mass transit
Terpsichore’s pointe shoes pilfered
Polyhymnia’s veil vanished in a flash
score sheets & melodies swiped from Euterpa
tablets & notepads, pens & pencils nicked from Calliope, picked from Erato
and Clio’s news scrolls & history books seized and suppressed–

all for the greed of a few pennies.


© David Siller– 2017



For the first 100 days of the Trumpet administration, this blog will feature a new poem of protest, by my own hand and by others. They will be polished gems, or rough cut drafts of rage, or in process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered. If you would like to submit to this endeavor, please send an email, with poem saved as a word document (.docx) to waxyandpoetic AT gmail DOT com. All rights remain with the author.

VISUAL ARTISTS ! Do you have something visually poetic that you’d like to submit? GO FOR IT!

Please address any formatting preferences in your email. I will post submissions time permitting, with at least one per day. Editing will be limited to obvious errors of spelling and the like.

Read, follow, share, re-tweet, submit, live, love, spread light! Don’t forget to use #100Days100Poems !


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