#24o: Afterinaugurationmath

radiohead___1984_by_onimatrix

The day after my media fast,
I binged on media,
mostly on pictures and stories
of women,
women holding signs
saying things like,
You can’t have my rights,
I’m using them;
This is my resisting
bitch face;
So bad, even introverts
are here;
 I came here to
knit sweaters and punch

nazis and I’m all out
of yarn; and a couple
of my favorites:
a portrait of Bernie Sanders
holding a kitty, how real men
grab pussy, and Sir Ian McKellen
holding a simple portrait of Captain Picard
doing the I-can’t-believe-this-shit
palm-to-the-face move.
And the math was staggering:
3.3 million people estimated in 500
demonstrations across the nation.
And the aftermath was staggering:
Kelley Ann Conway insisting on
the validity of alternative facts
and that Spicer dude saying
that the Trump administration
has a right to disagree with facts, and,
finally, two days after the biggest
march in United States history,
in large part about the rights
of women, Trump signed an
anti-abortion executive order.
I guess he didn’t get the message.
And every day since
has been a train wreck.
I went home from work today
with a stomach ache unlike
most stomach aches I’ve ever had,
not more painful, but placed differently,
gnawing in an unfamiliar way,
and I actually entertained the thought
and real possibility that the first
six days of the Trump presidency
are making me sick.
These are dark times indeed
and I know Orwell is not
necessarily rolling in his grave,
but taunting us from down there.
I hear him shouting, 2 plus 2 is 5.
I told you so. I told you so.

6 Comments

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6 responses to “#24o: Afterinaugurationmath

  1. Brother, I feel your pain. I’m right there with you. Deep breaths. If nothing else his behavior will serve as an example to contrast with how we really want our children to behave in this world. See son? This is how you DON’T treat women. See children? This is not how you treat your friends and allies. This is how you DON’T treat the environment. Sigh.

  2. Elinor Cramer

    Thanks! Love those women speaking out, and real men who love and respect all their voices, witty, human, righteous…

  3. John Stewart

    Same stomach ache here. Same uncomfortable spot. Impossible to shake and part anxiety, part sadness, part anger, and part incredulity. Along with other parts best described by four-letter words. Thanks for putting into words, MJ.

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