Alternative Speechifying [With stage directions for the listeners]

America will carry peace, flourish, prosper!
[Citizens celebrate.]

This is your celebration!
[Not—it’s his.]

Good are just the young and beautiful!
[Pain is destiny…be very sad.]

Trillions of dollars fall to you, one by one!
[We are looking…]

Every decision will benefit you!
[Dream on, Simple American.]

Think! Politicians cannot fail!
[Old Americans: you will. Ignore
your hopes, your goodness.]


gaye gambell-peterson lives in the St. Louis Missouri area. Although pale/entitled/elderly, she was moved to participate in the Women’s March there. She is an artist by profession, with a passion for poetry. Her poems have appeared in three Missouri anthologies, and online at qarrtsiluni (Fragments). Both her poetry and collage art have been published in regional journals, as well as in her two chapbooks: pale leaf floating (Cherry Pie Press—Midwest Women Poets Series) and MYnd mAp (Agog Press).