Poem of the Month

 The Rat

Continues to haunt directions

not unlike a man with a rope tail

one who left the scaffold

before given a chance to finish

what he started in the ministry

of despair in the country of fascism

in the ship listing to one side

already the many have succumbed

to a regime of revolvers

the rat feeds on these enemies

of the state even as it creates

its own manifesto of crumbs and hungers

its biblical plagues and posies

and lies and childhoods

incisors at the ready

white against the void

where appetites gather to hallucinate

and the bear has no power over

the braying of the donkey

the elephant’s ivories