How Did We Get Here? by Jennifer Lagier

Potential commanders-in-chief
quibble over the size
of the front-runner’s penis.
Argue how rapidly
they would deploy troops,
deny abortion,
deport immigrant workers.
Advocate banning Muslims,
killing off health care.
Boast about embracing
more enhanced torture.
Pledge to target
terrorists’ families
for state-sanctioned murder.
Describe vague solutions
to manufactured non-problems.
Pander to bigots.
Reach out to haters.
Brag, ramble and gloat.
Revel in each other’s stumbles.
Offer the electorate
a rickety clown car
of terrible choices.

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Jennifer Lagier has published nine poetry books and in multiple literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Website:

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