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Thursday, August 04, 2016


by Bruce Bennett
Image source: HenriCartoon

A day without The Donald
is something fine and free.
It’s like a paid vacation
to somewhere by the sea.

It’s like a walk in sunlight
on white and sparkling sand,
or skimming on the water
just out of sight of land –

But then, the spell is broken.
You hear that grating voice.
You see that smirking visage.
You haven’t any choice.

You’re back amidst the rubble.
The streets are garbage-strewn.
There’s shrieking from loud speakers.
You won’t be leaving soon.

With nerves all raw and fraying,
condemned to high alert,
you’re subject to The Donald,
neck-deep in muck and dirt!

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten books of poetry and more than two dozen poetry chapbooks, the most recent of which is The Donald Trump Of The Republic (FootHills Publishing, 2016), released at the end of May. Bennett is an Emeritus Professor at Wells College, where he taught English and Creative Writing and directed the Visiting Writers Series since 1973.