Photography © Edward S. Gault


The Capitol Terrorists Now Wait

They waited in the chamber, almost numb,
That such a thing could happen. Horrified
By thoughts of awful things that still might come,
Those hid in Congress even feared their lives.

It was no funny joke, though from how some
Provocateurs decked up to barge inside
You had to think that most of them were dumb
And lacking any trace of human pride.

They’re now the heir apparents to the sum
Of all the fears that they tried to ignite,
Which now come back to haunt them, and their run
On human decency cannot incite

Over reaction. The elected rule
And with calm minds will lock them up in jail


David L Williams is recently retired from thirty-four years teaching high school English in Lincoln, Nebraska, his primary residence since he went to college there in the 80s. His poetry has mostly been written since May of 2021, and he has only recently started trying to publish. For inspiration, he enjoys sitting on the two steps leading to their patio and looking out back. He shares the home with his 30 year living partner, Mary, who unknowingly models for some of his poems.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.