America in 2019

Lawless earth whereon the firemen burned,
Then fled, then thrice burned again; blood from

A bleeding brain, flowers where no flowers spring;
An ancient yoke now garroted around the penitent,

Crucifixion’s hour, benediction’s ring; abandoned
Plains of Babel nigh, where every wounded hearth

Did fall, bones strewn about the abbey, ancient
Grasses, undone sighs; screams from the drowning

Of the fairies, marching nigh unto the last gloaming,
The wretched left upon the wasteland, unmoved their

Pleading cries; enslaved to a flamethrower, an ape,
And a hyena with car batteries, duly cast upon

The offal, to collect the shards where dead dreamers
Lie; the hallowed brook, the soothing lullaby, the

Ineffable touch of an eye once sacred, all washed away
Unto the cataclysm, unbound the blood-red dawning

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.