Political Pantoum — Adrienne Stevenson

Flags wave in the summer breeze
heat enters the human brain
fear and hate spread like disease
people become vicious, insane

Heat enters the human brain
haven’t we been here before?
people become vicious, insane
no-one remembers the recent war

Haven’t we been here before?
didn’t we quell the monstrous urge?
no-one remembers the recent war
all those who suffered the latest purge

Didn’t we quell the monstrous urge?
everyone thought those days were done
all those who suffered the latest purge
hoped against hope this had not begun

Everyone thought those days were done
they lined up again to cast their vote
hoped against hope this had not begun
fresh agony knells a discordant note

They lined up again to cast their vote
flags wave in the summer breeze
fresh agony knells a discordant note
fear and hate spread like disease

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Adrienne Stevenson is a Canadian living in Ottawa, Ontario. Her poetry has been published in Constellate Literary Journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Bywords, Uproar, Quills, Scarlet Leaf Review, Blood & Bourbon, The Wire’s Dream, The Literary Nest, The PoetOn the Road, Byline and several chapbook anthologies. Twitter @ajs4t