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 Michael H. Levin: Poems and Prose  

JANUARY 6

Violence is American as cherry pie. – H. Rap Brown, 1968

Hang Mike Pence! – U.S. Capitol, 6 Jan. 2021

The mind of the mob

is blank. Its swarms no

longer are persons.

It surges in waves


of gleeful hate

screamed belief a tide

flooding flats in snarls

bayed anthems hands clenched


or clawed mouths twisted

in rage, snaking long arms

like the beast of Norse nightmares


slashing at innards

thrusting towards eyes.

Whatever blocks it is heaved

splintered stomped to dust


it hears only forward

drunk on momentum

certain of right to crush

all that resists.

                        Who

wears the flag now

with an unctuous

pride, might pause on

this venomous roar


these drumbeating urges

to rend and destroy.

Who thinks we are chosen

might factor those in.


Who thinks it convenient

to slide back that gate

will meet a dark hunger

that circles and waits.

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