When autocrats become overly oppressive,
extend their tyranny a little too far, they face
the possibility of the guillotine. When people
unify and become dissatisfied enough to rise
they will crush those repressive incumbents
and attempt to reshape the country that failed.
Many blame immigrants or Satan for despair.
The blame game broadcast in prime time gets
top network ratings. Meanwhile the downcast
form long lines in need of medication or food,
mystified by apathy of those elite politicians
who chuckle and hold their souls for ransom.
So savage can man be against man, mutilation
not uncommon for armies having slaughtered
innocent populations. Hatred an impenetrable
wall, impervious hymen, interminable squall.
It has no right but runs like mercury in veins
of the electorate, boosted by General Electric.
General Electric and Wells Fargo indestructible
as white supremacists toting munitions, quoting
the bible call out for the de facto decertification
of whomever they deem foreign. And this is our
America, emboldened by false promises, racism
endemic, enslaved by a band of brutal autocrats.
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems.