Day of Infamy: January 6, 2021

Vexed to nightmare

they storm the Capitol.

What Trump urges

his minions carry out.

One hundred forty-seven

Cataline representatives

object to a certified election

they cannot overturn.

 

The best lack all conviction

the worst are full of passionate intensity.

 

Capitol windows are smashed

The Temple of Democracy

breached by a white mob

Pipe beatings, grinning selfies

yelling costumed men

with horns and pelts

Camp Auschwitz t-shirt

American Kristallnacht

Trump flags flail

one Confederate flag flutters

their lives shrunken to symbols

sitting at the speaker’s dais

rappelling from the gallery

ransacking Pelosi’s office

“Where are they?”

 

“Hang Pence.”

 

Plastic ties seek hostages

Holy Christian warriors

 

And what rough beast

its hour come round at last

slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?

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