The in-ugh-uration of Donald Trump was just one year ago. The theme of that day was “Release. The Kraken.” One year later – one v-e-r-y l-o-n-g year later – the government is now shut down, metaphorically the most fitting representation of this annus horribilis.
Pictured below left: The theme of Trump's in-ugu-uration in 2017 was "Release. The Kraken." Pictured below center: One year later, another Trump failure -- the shutdown of the US government. Pictured below right: Ever since Trump has had to cancel his one-year anniversary $100,000 per person gala at Mar-a-lago, he's been singing, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to."
From Day 1 of the Trump administration, Poets Against Trump have responded to the chaos and confusion with poetry of the resistance. We, too, have shared many of Emmett Lee Dickinson’s poems in response to the madness. After all – in the words of Emily Dickinson – “Silence is all we dread.”
Our coverage of Donald Trump with poetry is HERE. Other coverage, without poetry, is HERE.
On the anniversary of Trump’s in-ugh-uration, we posted Emmett Lee Dickinson’s poem “A fiend attacks my friends” (below on the left) as one of our Featured Poems of the Week to honor of all the poets and writers who have refused to remain silent in the face of the corrupt and divisive reign of Trump and his clan. Dickinson’s poem inspired third cousin Emily Dickinson to pen her poem “My friend attacks my friend” (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
A fiend attacks my friends!
Oh Battle so grotesque!
Then I turn Soldier too,
As he turns Antagonist!
How marital are my poems!
Have I a mighty pen
So I’ll reveal his hate to gain
Our glory once again!
By Emily Dickinson:
My friend attacks my friend!
Oh Battle picturesque!
Then I turn Soldier too,
And he turns Satirist!
How martial is this place!
Had I a mighty gun
I think I'd shoot the human race
And then to glory run!
As we pass the one-year mark of Trump’s reign as the Swamp King, we would like to call to your attention the work of a Poet Against Trump, a haikuist (or is it haikuer?) from Chicago. She has posted spot-on and biting haikus on Twitter (@MarySteinberg67) throughout this year of madness. Here are a few examples based on recent events:
Emily Dickinson wrote, “I took my Power in my Hand / And went against the World." Mary Steinberg (@MarySteinberg67) has taken the power of haikus in her hand, and she has gone against the world of Trump and his deplorable clan. If you're on Twitter, be sure to check out her work!