on the eve of July 4th.

My first reaction
recalled firecrackers

going off after
the murder of George Floyd.

I wished it rained then
like it is raining now.

I wish Chauvin felt remorse
for his actions,

He still probably
doesn’t understand

what he did was
an abomination

against God
and humanity.

He probably still thinks
he was doing a service

to his people
and country.

And I imagine
there are too many

who will toast Chauvin forever
behind closed doors.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.