A Presidential Diary Entry

John Grey


The world is waiting

to be deployed by you.

It’s in thrall to your sound bites.

You know what you’re doing.

Everything else is half-assed coincidence,

one unhealthy mess

awaiting your version of the truth.

Time to line up all who disagree with you,

pronounce them guilty as charged.

And, if you’re entertaining

while doing it,

then so be it.

Handpick the facts.

If they disagree, ignore them.

If they insist you’re wrong,

then trample them to death.

Remember now, you’re in charge.

Whatever you do, from this moment on,

is for your own good.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Cape Rock and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Poem and Spoon River Poetry Review.