Prepare

citizens
transferring power
to rulers
the likes of which the world
     has never seen
American men and women
trapped in tombstones across the landscape
     flush with carnage

our country
disappeared
with only a decree
     of winning
     like never before

we will
eradicate
from the face of the Earth

our total allegiance
to patriotism
prejudice is unstoppable

There is no God
it cannot fail
national pride
will lift our divisions

Again.
Again.
Again.
Again.

And, Yes,
Again.

 

Rasma Haidri is an American poet living on the arctic seacoast of Norway. She is the author of one poetry collection, As If Anything Can Happen (2017) and three English teaching textbooks. Her poems and essays are widely anthologized, most recently in Polterguests (Main Street Rag, 2016). Literary journals featuring her work include Sycamore Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Runes, Kalliope and I-70 Review. Her literary distinctions include the Southern Women Writers Association Emerging Writer Award in Creative Non-fiction, the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters & Science Poetry Award, and a Best of the Net nomination.