Inspired by the events leading up to January 6, 2021

Have you ever forced
your own soundtrack over
top of the TV news
headphones in ears
blocking out assault
by political commentary
making pundits move
their lips in sync with the beat
their arms waving,
their eyes shouting,
their mouths, futile.
They are tragic figures
of speech,

Published in Black Bear Review, December 2021.

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