How soon, I wonder,
Before it starts for real?
Will it announce
With self immolation in the square?
Or a policeman's gunshot in a crowd?
The full manifestation
Of the Cult of Trump.
Is this the death of civility?
No, of civilization.
A friend composes a riddle:
What is the difference between a Republican cop
And an SS guard?
What is the difference between a separated family in Texas
A child concentration camp in Arizona
A woman deported to die at the hands of her abuser
And Auschwitz or Buchenwald?
While some debate the tactical value
Of denying service to hate squads in suburban restaurants
I fantacize peppering the chicken salad with ground glass.
And I'm a committed pacifist.
From whence cometh our comfort
As the ground shakes?
We are all of us slouching towards Nuremburg.