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

“untitled (go)” by Hannah Rubin

There will be a rapist
running our country.

& pens, here, bleed sideways

I want to tell you the story of how it all began

but I’m not sure
where
to start

Should I list you in small containers,
make your knowledge knowable:

this and that and this you said

this and that and this you said

(and what does it amount to)

how can it be you said abandoned you said folded you said mouth of tarmac I
said prophecy he said I am chosen you said puff of hair you said smoke in breath 
you said linen suit & hearken straightforward you said I will defeat them I will 
ISIS you said those were just words you said

those were just       I am not           I am he he is he

you speak so gallantly about messes.

jerking it out to mutiny, a tornado of grabbing.

I want to tell you the story of how it all began

but I’m not sure
where
to start

do I start with my mother
how she suffered 
                            trauma
can that be separated
from her mother
and how she       suffered
trauma
how far back do I trace
a problem
so thick
it’s just cement filling
keeping the swimming pool tiles
together

we’re all
each one of us
speaking different languages
while using the same words

everything dusky
in light my stomach
sick
from the burrito
that I love
from the truck on the corner

from eden to babylon
everybody apple sweet sick
feasting on too many syllables

did you know I looked up the transcripts
and the word you said most was
go

 


Hannah Rubin78-instagram-512 is a writer, theorist, and artist who goes by a handful of names. Today they are this. Work has appeared in some publications, bicycle routes map themselves around the bends in Oakland, CA.

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