Political Cannibalism

The haunting other
who threatens to
dissolve the holy alliance between
power and trade
is a political specter
who claims plebeian roots.

His commodities show
he is patrician, bourgeois
demanding  to dissolve
the inalienable rights we
hold to be self evident
the blessings of liberty
the rights of the people.

He is a cannibal who has
gone native,
both consumed by the political process
and consuming it.
There is no wall to
protect us from his next victims.

(Inspired by a mashup of my fears and the collective texts from the classes I teach and the class I’m taking.)

Image attribution:
“Cannibal Pumpkin” by Stu_Spivak is shared under a CC by 2.0 license.



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