A Gorey Moment

I sometimes have a Gorey moment
wondering what could have been
if the hanging chads
hadn’t hung,
or if Gore had hung up
his gentleman’s suit
and cried “Fraud”
as loudly as Trump was to do.

No hate to fuel 9/11,
no war in Iraq,
the end
of history
would be nigh
as Fukuyama predicated,
existing divisions becoming
and no new ones

With more Gore less blood
would be spilled.
There would be no Bush fires burning
the sun would be shining
but without its intensity,
the storms would be still
and the world would be stable.

It was hanging by a thread
and we missed it
missed the chance
to grasp those chads


Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud "War Poetry for Today" competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. You can find Lynn at https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/ Read other articles by Lynn, or visit Lynn's website.