A poem, presented as an early draft to be revisited later (since, really, it’s always rewriting), without commentary.
Who Are They Now?
--at the planning committee, since the Jan 6 redo set for March 4 got moved to some future date where it might be moved again depending on the weather --limiting days and dates and times to vote so that lines and losses and limits will be long and lamentable --making it illegal to give food and water to those waiting in those lines --rubbing the golden idol, flipflopped and beshorted, in the hotel lobby in a silent prayer for white prosperity or white power or a weak constitution --giving guided tours to the scouting party of the weekend insurrection enactment club --flying to Cancun, 35000 feet above burst pipes and dead bodies and the panted breaths of a spaniel fogging the sliding glass door of an empty house --voting every vote a nay, every nay a guess --suddenly worried about deficits and defiant tweets, protocols and POC protesters in streets --sleeping while states burn and states freeze and states turn and states wheeze --donning white hoods and goose-step boots and star-spangled speedos and boxers, grafting murderous intent, spreading the big lie for murderous dissent we know who and we know where and when and why and how now what will we do about them?
©David Siller – 2021
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