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

“Outcast” by Mark A. Fisher

beneath a bridge he lived and slept on the ground
lit by sun and moon, shunned and near forgotten
save when officials of the realm would cross
so he called up to them, “Help”
yet the answers he got (if he got any)
were “We can’t help we’re not great enough
wait for the next official, for they are so much greater”
and this continued for years until, at last, the greatest official came
so from beneath the bridge his voice cried out
and the greatest one told him
“Even I am not great enough, so you must turn to God”
and so beneath that bridge he built a temple
and lit it with candles that burned with madness
(a renewable resource)
and he prayed and prayed
until he faded away
and the officials, though they did not know why

Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in: Angel City Review, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Altadena Poetry Review, Penumbra, Turnip Truck(s),and many other places. His chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. His column “Lost in the Stars”has appeared in Tehachapi’s The Loop newspaper for several years. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.