The Mass Psychosis

Are we really going to spend our days pretending
as if there is not a rough beast lurking in the shadows,
biding his time until he can, once again,
slouch toward Washington to be reborn
in what will be the blaring blight of the Second Coming?

He threw his own supporters under the bus
in a last ditch effort to cheat his way to victory
yet his followers have not batted an eye
at the icy evil abundantly coursing through his veins.
They’re still too infatuated with the shiny hatred he sells.

Now is the time for the righteous and sane to rise.
Now is the time to cripple this monster
as he slumbers in wait.
Now is the time to reconstruct and reconnect.
We can use love to destroy the beast as it slumbers in an unmetaphysical womb.

Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press and co-poetry editor of Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He received Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award and is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. In 2020, he was awarded the Wakefield Prize for Poetry. He has published 11 books and, after spending over four years editing the work of others, is ready to get back into the creative driver's seat. Read other articles by Heath.