ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP / ISSUE 5: Poets In Unity - Responses to the Election of Donald Trump / POETRY / SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

“The Morning After (Election Day 2016)” by Hiromi Yoshida

The sky spewed forth glorious light
the day Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidency. Maybe

I’d expected an ominous
variation in the humdrum quotidian business of life—
of cashiering and shopping and restocking of shelves and refrigerators at Bloomingfoods,
Kroger, and CVS. The

only perceptible difference was my Facebook newsfeed—
an endlessly seamless downward
scroll of sentiment and expletive. Obviously, the

anachronistic machinery of the electoral college is
vastly invested in some enigmatic
thing transcending abjection—(like the glint
of a safety pin that could prick and deflate the

balloon king and his gaudily painted fool—
certainly break the orange piñata effigy’s oversized head
without the desired voodoo effect). The

eye of the apple pie winks
with juicy Garden of Eden knowledge—the epithelial stretch of the imagination (womb
of delusion)—breeds cyber-paranoia virally like multimillion piranhas, as the

satyric gargoyle grins gargantuan greed. Even

so, iridescence will coalesce rainbows in glorious American skies,
and apple pie will retain its flavorful integrity
despite all the anachronistic machinery of government and hoodwinking voodoo tactics

for the people of the United States of America.


Hiromi Yoshida has been described as one of Bloomington’s “finest and most outspoken poets” by Tony Brewer, Chair of the Writers Guild at Bloomington, Indiana. Her poems have been published in the Asian American Literary Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Evergreen Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society.

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